Let's recap: Jehovah God has caused four plagues to befall the Egyptians. The first three plagues affect both the Israelites and the Egyptians. The fourth plague only hurts the Egyptians. Hapi, Thoth, Heqt, Buto and Horus (Egyptian gods and goddess), have been totally disgraced. Still Pharaoh continues to enslave God's people.
Plague #5 (Exodus 9:1-6) - plague of pestilence.
This plague was on the livestock. Many of the Egyptian cattle, sheep, goats, horses, donkeys and camel died. Whereas nothing happened to the Israelite animals.
This fifth plague humiliated such deities as the cow-headed goddess Hathor, Apis, and the sky-goddess Nut who was also thought of as a cow having the stars affixed to her belly. [So then, "worthless" Egyptian gods shamed yet again! (Leviticus 19:4**)] Is Pharaoh softening his heart towards God's people yet? Find out with Plague #6!
*Image from "My Bible Story" Ch.32 [Watchtower & Bible Tract Society of PA]
**New World Translation Bible (2013) available to read/download free here
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