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,
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.
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.
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;
Exodus 8:18 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The magicians did so - That is, They tried the utmost of their skill, either to produce these insects or to remove this plague; but they could not, no juggling could avail here, because insects must be produced which would stick to and infix themselves in man and beast, which no kind of trick could possibly imitate; and to remove them, as some would translate the passage, was to their power equally impossible. If the magicians even acted by spiritual agents, we find from this case that these agents had assigned limits, beyond which they could not go; for every agent in the universe is acting under the direction or control of the Almighty.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryMary, Future Mother of Jesus, visits Elisabeth, Future Mother of John the Baptist.
(in the Hill Country of Judæa, b.c. 5.) ^C Luke I. 39-56. ^c 39 And Mary arose in these days [within a week or two after the angel appeared to her] and went into the hill country [the district of Judah lying south of Jerusalem, of which the city of Hebron was the center] with haste [she fled to those whom God had inspired, so that they could understand her condition and know her innocence--to those who were as Joseph needed to be inspired, that he might understand--Matt. i. 18-25], into a city …
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel
2 Timothy 3:9
But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.
Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts:
Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron's staff swallowed up their staffs.
But the magicians did the same things by their secret arts; they also made frogs come up on the land of Egypt.
The magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils that were on them and on all the Egyptians.
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