Exodus 8:18
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New International Version
But when the magicians tried to produce gnats by their secret arts, they could not. Since the gnats were on people and animals everywhere,

New Living Translation
Pharaoh's magicians tried to do the same thing with their secret arts, but this time they failed. And the gnats covered everyone, people and animals alike.

English Standard Version
The magicians tried by their secret arts to produce gnats, but they could not. So there were gnats on man and beast.

Berean Study Bible
The magicians tried to produce gnats using their magic arts, but they could not. And the gnats remained on man and beast.

New American Standard Bible
The magicians tried with their secret arts to bring forth gnats, but they could not; so there were gnats on man and beast.

King James Bible
And the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not: so there were lice upon man, and upon beast.

Christian Standard Bible
The magicians tried to produce gnats using their occult practices, but they could not. The gnats remained on people and animals.

Contemporary English Version
When the magicians tried to use their secret powers to do this, they failed, and gnats stayed on people and animals.

Good News Translation
The magicians tried to use their magic to make gnats appear, but they failed. There were gnats everywhere,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The magicians tried to produce gnats using their occult practices, but they could not. The gnats remained on man and beast."

International Standard Version
The magicians tried to do the same thing with their secret arts, but they were unable to bring out the gnats. The gnats were on the people and the animals.

NET Bible
When the magicians attempted to bring forth gnats by their secret arts, they could not. So there were gnats on people and on animals.

New Heart English Bible
The magicians tried with their secret arts to bring forth lice, but they couldn't. There were lice on man, and on animal.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The magicians also tried to produce gnats using their magic spells, but they couldn't do it. The gnats bit people and animals.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the magicians did so with their secret arts to bring forth gnats, but they could not; and there were gnats upon man, and upon beast.

New American Standard 1977
And the magicians tried with their secret arts to bring forth gnats, but they could not; so there were gnats on man and beast.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the magicians did the same with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not. And there were lice upon man and upon beast.

King James 2000 Bible
And the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not: so there were lice upon man, and upon beast.

American King James Version
And the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not: so there were lice on man, and on beast.

American Standard Version
And the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not: and there were lice upon man, and upon beast.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the magicians with their enchantments practiced in like manner, to bring forth sciniphs, and they could not and there were sciniphs as well on men as on beasts.

Darby Bible Translation
And the scribes did so with their sorceries, to bring forth gnats; but they could not. And the gnats were on man and on beast.

English Revised Version
And the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not: and there were lice upon man, and upon beast.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the magicians did so with their inchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not: so there were lice upon man and upon beast.

World English Bible
The magicians tried with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they couldn't. There were lice on man, and on animal.

Young's Literal Translation
And the scribes do so with their flashings, to bring out the gnats, and they have not been able, and the gnats are on man and on beast;
Study Bible
The Third Plague: Gnats
17This they did, and when Aaron stretched out his hand with his staff and struck the dust of the earth, gnats came upon man and beast. All the dust of the earth turned into gnats throughout the land of Egypt. 18The magicians tried to produce gnats using their magic arts, but they could not. And the gnats remained on man and beast. 19“This is the finger of God,” the magicians said to Pharaoh. But Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, just as the LORD had said.…
Cross References
2 Timothy 3:9
But they will not advance much further. For just like Jannes and Jambres, their folly will be plain to everyone.

Exodus 7:11
But Pharaoh called the wise men and sorcerers and magicians of Egypt, and they also did the same things by their magic arts.

Exodus 7:12
Each one threw down his staff, and it became a serpent. But Aaron's staff swallowed up the other staffs.

Exodus 8:7
But the magicians did the same thing by their magic arts, and they also brought frogs up onto the land of Egypt.

Exodus 9:11
The magicians could not stand before Moses, because the boils had broken out on them and on all the Egyptians.

Treasury of Scripture

And the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not: so there were lice on man, and on beast.

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(18) The magicians did so--i.e., tried to do so--took moist earth, and dried it, and pulverised it, and tried the effect of their magic charms upon it, but. failed to produce mosquitoes, as Aaron had done. Mosquitoes were things too delicate to be caught, and manipulated, and produced at a given moment by sleight-of-hand. The magicians tried to produce a counterfeit of the miracle, but could not. Then they excused themselves to their master with the words, "This is the finger of a god."

Verse 18. - The magicians did so with their enchantments. The magicians stretched out their rods over certain collections of dust, but no gnats were produced; which would be the natural result, if they had made no secret arrangements. No reason can be assigned why they should not have seemed to produce gnats, as easily as frogs, if they had employed all the arts of which they were masters in so doing. But events had convinced them that they could not cope with Moses and Aaron; and it would seem that they therefore declined further contest, And the magicians did so with their enchantments, to bring forth lice,.... They made use of their magical art, and juggling tricks they were masters of, to produce the like sort of creatures, or at least to make such appear, or seem to appear, to the eyes of men:

but they could not; God would not suffer them to do it, to impose upon Pharaoh, and deceive him and the Egyptians any longer; and a stop is put to them, when such small and despicable creatures were produced, the more to put them to shame and confusion, and to show that what they did before was not real, and that what they did in appearance was only by divine permission:

so there were lice upon man and upon beast; these lay in great numbers on both, biting and distressing them in a most terrible manner; for as the magicians could not produce such creatures, it was not in their power to remove them. 8:16-19 These lice were produced out of the dust of the earth; out of any part of the creation God can fetch a scourge, with which to correct those who rebel against him. Even the dust of the earth obeys him. These lice were very troublesome, as well as disgraceful to the Egyptians, whose priests were obliged to take much pains that no vermin ever should be found about them. All the plagues inflicted on the Egyptians, had reference to their national crimes, or were rendered particularly severe by their customs. The magicians attempted to imitate it, but they could not. It forced them to confess, This is the finger of God! The check and restraint put upon us, must needs be from a Divine power. Sooner or later God will force even his enemies to acknowledge his own power. Pharaoh, notwithstanding this, was more and more obstinate.
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