Exodus 10:4
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New International Version
If you refuse to let them go, I will bring locusts into your country tomorrow.

New Living Translation
If you refuse, watch out! For tomorrow I will bring a swarm of locusts on your country.

English Standard Version
For if you refuse to let my people go, behold, tomorrow I will bring locusts into your country,

New American Standard Bible
'For if you refuse to let My people go, behold, tomorrow I will bring locusts into your territory.

King James Bible
Else, if thou refuse to let my people go, behold, to morrow will I bring the locusts into thy coast:

Christian Standard Bible
But if you refuse to let my people go, then tomorrow I will bring locusts into your territory.

Contemporary English Version
Do this by tomorrow, or I will cover your country with so many locusts

Good News Translation
If you keep on refusing, then I will bring locusts into your country tomorrow.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But if you refuse to let My people go, then tomorrow I will bring locusts into your territory.

International Standard Version
But if you refuse to let my people go, tomorrow I'm going to bring locusts into your territory.

NET Bible
But if you refuse to release my people, I am going to bring locusts into your territory tomorrow.

New Heart English Bible
Or else, if you refuse to let my people go, look, tomorrow I will bring locusts into your country,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If you refuse to let my people go, tomorrow I will bring locusts into your country.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Else, if thou refuse to let My people go, behold, to-morrow will I bring locusts into thy border;

New American Standard 1977
‘For if you refuse to let My people go, behold, tomorrow I will bring locusts into your territory.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For if thou refuse to let my people go, behold, tomorrow I will bring the locusts into thy borders,

King James 2000 Bible
Else, if you refuse to let my people go, behold, tomorrow will I bring the locusts into your land:

American King James Version
Else, if you refuse to let my people go, behold, to morrow will I bring the locusts into your coast:

American Standard Version
Else, if thou refuse to let my people go, behold, to-morrow will I bring locusts into thy border:

Douay-Rheims Bible
But if thou resist, and wilt not let them go, behold I will bring in to morrow the locust into thy coasts:

Darby Bible Translation
For, if thou refuse to let my people go, behold, I will to-morrow bring locusts into thy borders;

English Revised Version
Else, if thou refuse to let my people go, behold, tomorrow will I bring locusts into thy border:

Webster's Bible Translation
Else, if thou shalt refuse to let my people go, behold, to-morrow will I bring the locusts into thy border:

World English Bible
Or else, if you refuse to let my people go, behold, tomorrow I will bring locusts into your country,

Young's Literal Translation
for if thou art refusing to send My people away, lo, I am bringing in to-morrow the locust into thy border,
Study Bible
The Eighth Plague: Locusts
3Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said to him, "Thus says the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, 'How long will you refuse to humble yourself before Me? Let My people go, that they may serve Me. 4For if you refuse to let My people go, behold, tomorrow I will bring locusts into your territory. 5'They shall cover the surface of the land, so that no one will be able to see the land. They will also eat the rest of what has escaped-- what is left to you from the hail-- and they will eat every tree which sprouts for you out of the field.…
Cross References
Exodus 10:3
Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said to him, "Thus says the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, 'How long will you refuse to humble yourself before Me? Let My people go, that they may serve Me.

Exodus 10:5
'They shall cover the surface of the land, so that no one will be able to see the land. They will also eat the rest of what has escaped-- what is left to you from the hail-- and they will eat every tree which sprouts for you out of the field.

Deuteronomy 28:38
"You shall bring out much seed to the field but you will gather in little, for the locust will consume it.
Treasury of Scripture

Else, if you refuse to let my people go, behold, to morrow will I bring the locusts into your coast:

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Exodus 8:10,23 And he said, To morrow. And he said, Be it according to your word: …

Exodus 9:5,18 And the LORD appointed a set time, saying, To morrow the LORD shall …

Exodus 11:4,5 And Moses said, Thus said the LORD, About midnight will I go out …

locusts. The word arbeh, Locust, is derived from ravah, to multiply, be numerous, because they are more prolific than any other insect, and because of the immense swarms of them by which different countries, especially the East, are infested. The locust, in entomology, belongs to a genus of insects known among naturalists by the name of Grylli; which includes three species, crickets, grasshoppers, and locusts. The common great brown locust is about three inches in length; has two antennae about an inch long, and two pair of wings. The head and horns are brown; the mouth and inside of the larger legs bluish; the upper side of the body and upper wings brown, the former spotted with black, and the latter with dusky spots. The back is defended by a shield of a greenish hue; the under wings are of a light brown, tinctured with green, and nearly transparent. It has a large open mouth, in the two jaws of which it has four teeth, which traverse each other like scissors, being calculated, from their mechanism, to gripe or cut. The general appearance of the insect is that of the grasshopper. The Egyptians had gods in whom they trusted to deliver them from these terrible invaders; but by this judgment they were taught that it was impossible to stand before Moses, the servant of Jehovah.

Proverbs 30:27 The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands;

Joel 1:4-7 That which the palmerworm has left has the locust eaten; and that …

Joel 2:2-11,25 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick …

Revelation 9:3 And there came out of the smoke locusts on the earth: and to them …

(4) To morrow will I bring the locusts into thy coast.--Locusts, as already observed, are not indigenous to Egypt, but only occasional visitants. Consequently they always enter the country from some other, as Nubia, Abyssinia, Syria, or Arabia. On the quarter from which the present plague came, see the comment on Exodus 10:13.

Verse 4. - To-morrow. Again a warning is given, and a space of time interposed, during which the king may repent and submit himself, if he chooses. The locusts. The species intended is probably either the Aeridium peregrinum or the Oedipoda migratoria. Both are common in Arabia and Syria, and both are known in Egypt. They are said to be equally destructive. The Hebrew name, arbeh, points to the "multitudinous" character of the visitation. A traveller in Syria says - "It is difficult to express the effect produced on us by the sight of the whole atmosphere filled on all sides and to a great height by an innumerable quantity of these insects, whose flight was slow and uniform, and whose noise resembled that of rain; the sky was darkened, and the light of the sun considerably weakened. In a moment the terraces of the houses, the streets, and all the fields were covered by these insects." (Ollivier, Voyage clans l'Empire Ottoman, vol. 2. p. 424.) Into thy coast - i.e. "across thy border, into thy territories." The locust is only an occasional visitant in Egypt, and seems always to arrive from some foreign country. Else, if thou refuse to let my people go,.... He threatens him with the following plague, the plague of the locusts, which Pliny (x) calls "denrum irae pestis":

behold, tomorrow will I bring the locusts into thy coast; according to Bishop Usher (y) this was about the seventh day of the month Abib, that this plague was threatened, and on the morrow, which was the eighth day, it was brought; but Aben Ezra relates it as an opinion of Japhet an Hebrew writer, that there were many days between the plague of the hail, and the plague of the locusts, that there might be time for the grass and plants to spring out of the field; but this seems not necessary, for these locusts only ate of what were left of the hail, as in the following verse.

(x) Nat. Hist. l. 11. c. 29. (y) Annales Vet. Test. p. 21. 4. to-morrow will I bring the locusts—Moses was commissioned to renew the request, so often made and denied, with an assurance that an unfavorable answer would be followed on the morrow by an invasion of locusts. This species of insect resembles a large, spotted, red and black, double-winged grasshopper, about three inches or less in length, with the two hind legs working like hinged springs of immense strength and elasticity. Perhaps no more terrible scourge was ever brought on a land than those voracious insects, which fly in such countless numbers as to darken the land which they infest; and on whatever place they alight, they convert it into a waste and barren desert, stripping the ground of its verdure, the trees of their leaves and bark, and producing in a few hours a degree of desolation which it requires the lapse of years to repair.10:1-11 The plagues of Egypt show the sinfulness of sin. They warn the children of men not to strive with their Maker. Pharaoh had pretended to humble himself; but no account was made of it, for he was not sincere therein. The plague of locusts is threatened. This should be much worse than any of that kind which had ever been known. Pharaoh's attendants persuade him to come to terms with Moses. Hereupon Pharaoh will allow the men to go, falsely pretending that this was all they desired. He swears that they shall not remove their little ones. Satan does all he can to hinder those that serve God themselves, from bringing their children to serve him. He is a sworn enemy to early piety. Whatever would put us from engaging our children in God's service, we have reason to suspect Satan in it. Nor should the young forget that the Lord's counsel is, Remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth; but Satan's counsel is, to keep children in a state of slavery to sin and to the world. Mark that the great foe of man wishes to retain him by the ties of affection, as Pharaoh would have taken hostages from the Israelites for their return, by holding their wives and children in captivity. Satan is willing to share our duty and our service with the Saviour, because the Saviour will not accept those terms.
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