In the Old Testament, God observes blatantly bad behaviors by some residents of the Middle East, and He decides to enact revenge. How much do you know about the Bible's famous 10 plagues?
The ten plagues are disasters created by God in the Bible. They appear in the Old Testament, in the book of Exodus.
The Pharaoh of Egypt defied God repeatedly in the Old Testament. So God rolled up His sleeves and devastated the country with relentless plagues.
The Pharaoh enslaved countless Israelites, and God wanted them freed. But the Pharaoh refused time and again. And for that insolence, he would pay a terrible price.
The Pharaoh (rather unwisely) mocked God. "Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go?" Note to self: don't ever taunt God.
As the story goes, God orders Moses' brother Aaron to deliver the plagues. With one strike of Aaron's staff, horrors enveloped the Egyptian lands.
God kicked things off with a bang -- he turned the Nile river into blood. The crimson flood was undrinkable and killed the fish within its banks.
A bloody river apparently wasn't enough, so God sent the second plague. Frogs, countless frogs, came hopping out of the Nile, swarming across the lands.
Untold numbers of frogs emerge from the Nile and hop across Egypt. And then they set about dying in droves, stinking to high heaven.
Frogs and bloody water weren't yet enough, so now we have the third plague -- God turns dust into lice. Guess what, no school for your kids this week!
The translation varies, so the plague may have been fleas instead of lice. And if you've never battled a flea infestation, it's much, much worse than lice.
God ostensibly sent the plagues to free the Israelites, but first, He wanted to demonstrate His extreme powers. So He subtly hardened the Pharaoh's stance regarding the Israelites, giving God an opportunity to throw down on a world superpower.
This one also varies by interpretation. In the fourth plague, God sent wild animals (perhaps venomous snakes and the like) and/or flies.
The fifth plague sent a horrible diseased that sickened and killed Egypt's livestock. Goats, camels, horses, cattle ... nothing was spared.
Under the command of God, Aaron retrieved a handful of soot from a furnace and then threw it into the air. Then, the next plague commenced.
After Aaron threw soot into the air, boils broke out on the skin of humans and animals all over the country. And yet, the miseries were really just beginning.
In the seventh plague, a horrible thunderstorm -- complete with devastating hail -- struck Egypt. It was the country's worst-ever storm.
The night before the storm, God alerted the Israelites (via Facebook Messenger, we assume) that a terrible storm was coming. Thus warned, they sheltered their livestock from harm.
In the eighth plague, swarms of locusts spread out over Egypt. They even invaded homes, making it darn hard to sleep at night.
What few crops the hailstorm didn't destroy, the locusts did. Egypt will be eating nothing but Taco Bell for quite some time.
In the ninth plague, God calls up Moses to deliver the goods. Moses raises his hands to the sky ... and pizza falls from the heavens. Just kidding, the sky turns black.
God had no desire to harm the Israelites. The plagues made the Egyptians miserable ... but magically didn't affect the Israelites at all.
In the ninth plague, the sky turns black for three days. By now the Egyptians are like, please, take these Israelites and go away! But no, God's not having it. He's got one more plague He wants to fine-tune.
As three days of darkness fell on Egypt, the Israelites were like, what's all the fuss about? Because in their neighborhoods, the sun rose and fell just like it always had.
God ordered the Israelites to mark their doors with blood. That way, it'd be easier to identify the plague's next victims.
On God's orders, the Israelites took a few drops from young lambs or goats and marked their doorposts. They also left cookies and milk by the fireplace, because you never know!
God sends an angel, who passes by the marked homes of the Israelites. For the unmarked homes? Then angel kills the firstborn child and animal of every family. Harsh!
Following the 10th and final plague, the Pharaoh finally cried uncle. He threw his hands in the air and let the Israelites go, beginning the long and arduous Exodus.
The Pharaoh was enraged by all of the plagues and still didn't want to free the Israelites. But he did so ... because he was afraid that God would kill him next.
The Pharaoh just couldn't let it go ... immediately after freeing the Israelites, he sent his men in pursuit. But God had one last miracle in mind.
God parted the Red Sea and the Israelites scurried through to the other side. The Egyptians pursued them ... but God sent the waters of the Red Sea crashing down on their heads.