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Exodus 12:30

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12:30 Pharaoh got up 1  in the night, 2  along with all his servants and all Egypt, and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was no house 3  in which there was not someone dead.

1 tn Heb “arose,” the verb קוּם (qum) in this context certainly must describe a less ceremonial act. The entire country woke up in terror because of the deaths.

2 tn The noun is an adverbial accusative of time – “in the night” or “at night.”

3 sn Or so it seemed. One need not push this description to complete literalness. The reference would be limited to houses that actually had firstborn people or animals. In a society in which households might include more than one generation of humans and animals, however, the presence of a firstborn human or animal would be the rule rather than the exception.



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