Exodus 11:2

2 Tell the people that every man is to ask his neighbor and every woman is to ask her neighbor for objects of silver and gold."

Exodus 11:2 Meaning and Commentary

Exodus 11:2

Speak now in the ears of the people
This cannot be understood of the whole body of the people being gathered together, but of some of the principal ones, who should communicate it to others, and so from one to another, until all the heads and masters of families became acquainted with it: and let every man borrow of his neighbour, and every woman of her
neighbour, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold;
to ornament themselves with at the feast they were going to keep: the Samaritan and Septuagint versions add, and clothing or raiment, and such it is certain they did borrow, ( Exodus 12:35 ) or vessels F16 of different forms, made of gold and silver, such as were fit and proper to be used at sacrifices and feasts, and which will account for the vessels given by princes, ( Numbers 7:1-89 ) for the doing of which the divine authority was sufficient; though there seems to be a reason for it in justice, that they might be paid for their hard service they had been made to serve for so many years, without having a proper reward for it: the word may be rendered, "let every man ask"


FOOTNOTES:

F16 (ylk) (skeuh) Sept. "vasa", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Tigurine version, Piscator, Drusius; "instrumenta", Junius & Tremellius.

Exodus 11:2 In-Context

1 The Lord said to Moses, "I will bring one more plague upon Pharaoh and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go from here; indeed, when he lets you go, he will drive you away.
2 Tell the people that every man is to ask his neighbor and every woman is to ask her neighbor for objects of silver and gold."
3 The Lord gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover, Moses himself was a man of great importance in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh's officials and in the sight of the people.
4 Moses said, "Thus says the Lord: About midnight I will go out through Egypt.
5 Every firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne to the firstborn of the female slave who is behind the handmill, and all the firstborn of the livestock.