Exodus 11

People given "favor" to ask for valuables 1
Firstborn to die at midnight 4
Children of Israel safe; Pharaoh's heart hardened 7
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.1  And the LORD said unto Moses, Yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go hence: when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out hence altogether.
 2  Speak now in the ears of the people, and let every man borrow of his neighbour, and every woman of her neighbour, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold.
 3  And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh's servants, and in the sight of the people.
  2 - Borrow The Hebrew word is shaw-al' and means "request," "demand," and so on, as well as "borrow." Thus there was no promise of returning the items. This is not as unfair as it may seem. The children of Israel had worked as slaves for those from whom they received the valuable items. Earlier only the women were to request the valuables ex0322.
.4  And Moses said, Thus saith the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt:
.5  And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts.
 6  And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more.
  4 - Midnight. The particular night would have been later since the Passover instructions are given in the next chapter.
  5 - Behind the mill Compare mt2441.
.7  But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.
 8  And all these thy servants shall come down unto me, and bow down themselves unto me, saying, Get thee out, and all the people that follow thee: and after that I will go out. And he went out from Pharaoh in a great anger.
 9  And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you; that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.
 10  And Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh: and the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go out of his land.

  7 - Shall not a dog move his tongue Or " not a dog shall growl." RSV, or "not a dog will bark" NIV.
  7 - The Lord doth put a difference The Lord told Malachi something similar mal0317. The time will come soon I believe when all will have made a final decision. The time for both righteous and wicked to change will have passed re2211. For Pharaoh and Egypt, that time had come in a special way.
   8 - Anger Perhaps in valor for the Lord but mixed with his own weakness nu2010.
  10 - Hardened Pharaoh's heart See on ex1001.
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