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