Plague - Blood
When Pharaoh persisted in his refusal to liberate the
children of Israel, Moses and Aaron warned him that G-d would
punish both him and his people. First, the waters of the land of
Egypt were to be turned into blood.
Moses walked with Aaron to the brink of the river. There
Aaron raised his staff, smote the water, and converted them into
streams of blood. All the people of Egypt and the King himself
beheld this miracle; they saw the fish die as the blood flowed
over the land, and they turned with disgust from the offensive
smell of the sacred river.
It was impossible for them to drink of the water of the Nile,
far famed for its delicious taste; and they tried to dig deep
into the ground for water. Unfortunately for the Egyptians, not
only the floods of the Nile but all the waters of Egypt,
wherever they were, turned to blood. The fish died in the rivers
and lakes, and for a whole week man and beast suffered horrible
Yet Pharaoh would not give in.