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But before we can get to the tenth plague, we need to deal with an out of place flashback. In Exodus 11:1-3, we learn that before Moses went to see Pharaoh, God let him in on the final plague, and told him that once it was over Pharaoh will drive the Israelites entirely out of Egypt forever. But first, he commands Moses to tell all of the Israelites to borrow as much gold and silver jewelry as possible from their Egyptian neighbors. The bible’s author, in a rather disjointed note about the feelings of the Egyptians (because there is no better sign of good writing than the author having to tell you how the characters in the story are supposed to be feeling ). Anyway, the note mentions that this should be easy because the Egyptians have really taken a shine to the Israelite slaves, and especially Moses.

What?! Have I been reading a completely different book than the people who have been writing this? For the past couple weeks the Egyptians have lost all of their crops and cattle, been covered with painful sores and diseases, slathered with parasites, and all of this while they’re hiding from insane amphibians. The Israelites, on the other hand, have been sitting in cozy old Goshen, not having to deal with any of these plagues. Who would the Egyptians see as the cause of all of this? Moses. They would hate him. They would think of him as a terrorist with the way he pelts them with hail, blocks out their sun, and afflicts them with disease.; a terrorist who raises his demands after every attack no less. So would they be sympathetic to Moses and the Israelites? How many Americans were sympathetic to Muslims after 9/11?

And why do the Israelites need this jewelry? Well, you can’t cross a sun-baked desert without some bling, amirite? More will be said about this “borrowed” jewelry in the next chapter, and believe me, it’s worth the wait.



JL writes:


"Stricken" is the past participle of strike, not an infinitive.


Baughbe writes:


Years ago we had a minister "borrow" the church bank accounts pretty much in the same way. Now is clear where they got the idea.

TheAlmightyGuru writes:


@JL: Thanks. Switched to a better word.

Mr-know-it-all writes:


Are you sure this isn't a flashback to further back, before the first plague started? You know, before the egyptians had any reason not to take a shine to their slavy pals & Moses. Because then it would sort of make sense. A bit. Relatively.

Also, I'm going to take a stab in the dark and say this gold was eventually used to make the statue that made Moses break the stone tablets, right?

Ray writes:


I think Qasar might've made a mistake in speaking, saying "Why did you put word 'borrow' in quotation marks like that?". Just seems like a grammar error.

Ladyofthemasque writes:


The only grammatical arror is the missing participle, aka: Why did you put the word "borrow" in quotation marks like that?

Otherwise, it is formatted correctly. When isolating a word for commentary, it is correct to put it in quotes. This can be used to emphasize different meanings in a sentence.

Take for example: "The bird" is the word! In this format, the emphasis is on the cool new (okay, not all that new) slang word. This, you can safely presume, is being passed around by the teenagers who invented it. You can also write it this way: The bird is the "word." ...Which would be used by clueless adults attempting to mock youth culture, who may think they're talking about an actual feathered avian, here. Or it could be used sarcastically twice: "The bird" is the "word."

But that runs into "overuse" of "air quotes" around "special words."

*innnocent whistling...*

TheAlmightyGuru writes:


Thanks, it's all fixed now.

Samael writes:


Even worse, it actually says that even the Pharaoh's own officials thought well of him -- the very people who, not so very many weeks of plagues ago, had their hearts hardened against him! You mean to tell me that weeks of watching this old man wave his God Rod at their master and kill countless innocents with his evil magic has actually made them like him better? What.


Oh the irony!