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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Exodus 11:4-10

Warning is here given to Pharaoh of the last and conquering plague which was now to be inflicted. This was the death of all the first-born in Egypt at once, which had been first threatened (Exod. 4:23; I will slay thy son, thy first-born), but is last executed; less judgments were tried, which, if they had done the work would have prevented this. See how slow God is to wrath, and how willing to be met with in the way of his judgments, and to have his anger turned away, and particularly how... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Exodus 11:8

And all these thy servants ,.... Pharaoh's nobles, ministers, courtiers and counsellors, who were then in his presence, and stood about him, to whom Moses pointed: shall come down unto me ; from Pharaoh's palace, which might be built on an eminence, to the place where Moses had dwelt during the time he had been in Egypt, which might lie lower; or these should come from Zoan, or from Memphis, whichever of them was now the royal city, to the land of Goshen, which lay lower than the other... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Exodus 11:8

And all these thy servants shall come - A prediction of what actually took place. See Exodus 12:31-33 . read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Exodus 11:8

Verse 8 8.And all these thy servants shall come down. Thus far Moses had reported the words of God; he now begins to speak in his own person, and announces that, by Pharaoh’s command, messengers would come from his court, who would voluntarily and humbly crave for what he had refused respecting the dismissal of the Israelites. The great asperity of these words inflicted no slight; wound on the tyrant’s mind, for it was the same as if he had said — Thus far I have entreated you to allow God’s... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 11:4-10

A finale. These verses end the story of how God wrought with Pharaoh to subdue him to his will. They prepare us for the catastrophe which brought the long conflict to a termination, and forced a way of egress for two millions of Hebrews through the barred gates of Egypt. I. LAST WORDS TO PHARAOH (verses 4-9). Verses 1-3 of this chapter are obviously parenthetical. They relate to a communication made to Moses prior to the visit to Pharaoh recorded in Exodus 10:24-29 , and in... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 11:4-36

The tenth plague and its decisive result-the destruction of the first-born. In Exodus 10:29 , Moses says to Pharaoh, " I will see thy face again no more," while in Exodus 11:4-8 , he is represented as making to Pharaoh an announcement of the last plague. Perhaps the best way of clearing this apparent contradiction is to suppose that in the narrative as it originally stood there was really no break between Exodus 10:29 and Exodus 11:4 , and that the three intervening verses were... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 11:8

All these thy servants — i.e; all these courtiers here present. Shall come . Literally, "shall descend." Kalisch observes that by the Hebrew idiom "going from a nobler place to one of less distinction is called descending". And bow down . Make obeisance to me, as if I were a king. The last of the plagues would cause the courtiers to look on Moses as the real king of the land, and pay him royal honours. All the people that follow thee . Literally, as in the margin, "that is at thy... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 11:8

Righteous anger. It seems to be supposed by some that the true Christian ought never to be angry. St. Paul certainly says in one place, "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger , and clamour be put away from you" ( Ephesians 4:31 ); and in another, "Put ye off all these, anger , wrath, malice" ( Colossians 3:8 ). But he guards himself from being misunderstood by giving a command in one of these very chapters ( Ephesians 4:26 ), "Be ye angry, and sin not." He was himself... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Exodus 11:8

Exodus 11:8. All these thy servants Thy courtiers and great officers: The people that follow thee That are under thy conduct and command. When Moses had thus delivered his message, he went out from Pharaoh in great anger, though he was the meekest of all the men of the earth. Probably he expected that the very threatening of the death of the firstborn should have wrought upon Pharaoh to comply; especially he having complied so far already, and having seen how exactly all Moses’s... read more

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