Exodus 14:9

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And the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses [and] chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth, before Baal-zephon. (ASV)

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In Exodus, we have the account of the 10 plagues that God sent on Egypt.

The Fifth Plague

"Then Jehovah said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh, and tell him, Thus saith Jehovah, the God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. For if thou refuse to let them go...the hand of Jehovah is upon thy cattle which are in the field, upon the horses, upon the asses, upon the camels, upon the herds, and upon the flocks: there shall be a very grievous [plague]...And Jehovah did that thing on the morrow; and all the cattle of Egypt in the field, died;..." (Exodus 9:1-6)

The Seventh Plague

"..to-morrow about this time I will cause it to rain a very grievous hail,...Now therefore send, hasten in thy cattle and all that thou hast in the field; for every man and beast that shall be found in the field, and shall not be brought home, the hail shall come down upon them, and they shall die. He that feared the word of Jehovah among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his cattle flee into the houses: and he that regarded not the word of Jehovah left his servants and his cattle in the field. (Exodus 9:18-21)

In each of the fifth and seventh plagues, it is the cattle and any other livestock that are in the field, that are destroyed. Those that are not in the field would not be destroyed. That this is true is emphasized in the description of the seventh plague where we read, "He that feared the word of Jehovah among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his cattle flee into the houses: and he that regarded not the word of Jehovah left his servants and his cattle in the field."

It is only those horses, cattle, and other livestock that are in the field that are destroyed. Those that are brought into shelter, barns or houses, escaped the plague. When we see that Pharaoh had horses and chariots to chase after the Israelites in chapter 14, then either Pharaoh's horses were brought in from the field during the earlier plagues or Pharaoh could have taken horses from those who had protected their horses.

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JW:

The following has been moved from Pro to Neutral:

Ok, english is my second language but didnt the horses just die?

Exodus 9:3 behold, the hand of Jehovah is upon thy cattle which are in the field, upon the horses, upon the asses, upon the camels, upon the herds, and upon the flocks: [there shall be] a very grievous murrain.

Exodus 9:18-20 says:

Behold, to-morrow about this time I will cause it to rain a very grievous hail, such as hath not been in Egypt since the day it was founded even until now.

Now therefore send, hasten in thy cattle and all that thou hast in the field; [for] every man and beast that shall be found in the field, and shall not be brought home, the hail shall come down upon them, and they shall die.

Exodus 9:20 He that feared the word of Jehovah among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his cattle flee into the houses.

So what happened really? What died and what not?


Opercularis 11:03, 19 Jan 2006 (CST)


JW:

Reason for move = The above is primarily a Question and not an Answer.

--JoeWallack 09:38, 4 Feb 2008 (CST)

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