Exodus 8:6

6 So Aaron raised his hand over the waters of Egypt, and frogs came up and covered the whole land!

Exodus 8:6 Meaning and Commentary

Exodus 8:6

And Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt
That is, towards the waters of the Nile, and towards all places where any water was; for it was not possible he could stretch out his hand over all the waters that were in every place:

and the frogs came and covered the land of Egypt:
they came up at once, and in such multitudes everywhere, that the whole land was full of them; this was done on the twenty fifth of Adar, or February, the same day the former plague ceased; so Artapanus F19, the Heathen historian says, that Moses by his rod produced frogs, locusts, and lice. And the story which Heraclides Lembus F20 tells seems to be hammered out of this account of Moses, that in Paeonia and Dardania such a number of frogs fell from heaven, as filled the public roads and private houses; at first the inhabitants killed them, and keeping their houses shut, bore it patiently some time; but when it signified nothing, and their household goods were covered with them, and they found them boiled and roasted with their food, and lay in such heaps that they could not tread for them, and were so distressed with the smell of the dead ones, they forsook their country.


F19 Apud Euseb. ut supra. (Praepar. Evangel. l. 9. c. 27. p. 425.)
F20 Apud Athenaei Deipnosophist. l. 8. c. 2.

Exodus 8:6 In-Context

4 Frogs will jump on you, your people, and all your officials.’”
5 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Raise the staff in your hand over all the rivers, canals, and ponds of Egypt, and bring up frogs over all the land.’”
6 So Aaron raised his hand over the waters of Egypt, and frogs came up and covered the whole land!
7 But the magicians were able to do the same thing with their magic. They, too, caused frogs to come up on the land of Egypt.
8 Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and begged, “Plead with the LORD to take the frogs away from me and my people. I will let your people go, so they can offer sacrifices to the LORD .”