Let's recap: Jehovah God has caused seven plagues to befall the Egyptians. Their magic-practicing priests, false gods and goddesses have all been put to shame. Pharaoh's attitude has not changed. He's determined to keep the Israelites enslaved.
Plague #8 (Exodus 10:12-15) - plague of locusts.
The eighth plague was a very large swarm of locusts. They ate everything the hail had not destroyed - fruit, vegetation, trees, crops, everything. There were so many locusts that they made the land look dark [gives me chills just imagining it!]. Never before that time or since have there been so many locusts.
The locust plague was another humiliating blow to the magic-practicing priests. It was also a disgrace for the Egyptian gods who were thought to ensure a bountiful harvest. One such god was Min, the thunderbolt-wielding fertility god viewed as a protector of the crops. [I guess his thunderbolt must have slipped from his right hand!] Still Pharaoh refused to submit to Jehovah God. Egypt must surely have been in a sorry state by now, crops and livelihoods completely ruined. There is yet more to come though so tune in for Plague #9!
*Image from "My Bible Story" Ch.32 [Watchtower & Bible Tract Society of PA]
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