+gt; Actually, if you read the book of Job, the damage was +gt; done by Satan not God! Yea

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> Actually, if you read the book of Job, the damage was > done by Satan not God! Yeah--on a bet! Yahweh bet Satan that no matter what Satan did, Job would still remain faithful. That's the same Yahweh who insisted on torturing the Egyptians before the Israelites left Egypt. First Yahweh told Moses what he was going to do: "`Pharaoh will let the Israelites go out of his country; but I will make him stubborn. Then I will show sign after sign. . . . I will assert my power in Egypt. . . .'" (Ex. 7:3-4; all quotations from the New English Bible) So when Pharaoh wouldn't release the Israelites, Yahweh turned the Nile into blood, killing all the fish (nice guy!). Pharaoh was "obstinate," so Yahweh sent a plague of frogs, which he later killed "and the land stank." (Ex. 8:13-14) (Again, nice guy!) Then Yahweh sent a pestilence and "All the herds of Egypt died" (Ex. 9:5) (bloodthirsty, ain't he?); then he sent boils upon all the Egyptians. Now Pharaoh was willing to let the Israelites go, "But the LORD made Pharaoh obstinate.) (Ex. 9:12) So next Yahweh sent hail, which "beat down every growing thing and shattered every tree." (Ex. 9:25) Now Pharaoh became obstinate on his own, so Yahweh sent locusts (although what the locusts were supposed to eat, I can't imagine!). Once again, Pharaoh was willing to let the Israelites go, but "The LORD made Pharaoh obstinate, and he did not let the Israelites go." (Ex. 10:20) Then Yahweh sent a plague of darkness; then, when the darkness was lifted, "The LORD made Pharaoh obstinate, and he refused to let them go." (Ex. 10:27) Finally, Yahweh killed "every first-born in Egypt, from the first-born of Pharaoh on his throne to the first-born of the captive in the dungeon, and the first-born of cattle" (Ex. 12:29) (Where did the cattle come from, after the pestilence, hail, etc.?) Now, finally, Yahweh stopped the power trip, and the Israelites left. For what it's worth, where the NEB says "The LORD made Pharaoh obstinate," the King James version says, "The LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh." Don't blame me; *I* didn't write it, and it ain't *my* deity!

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