When the judgment of darkness came on Egypt, Pharaoh called for Moses and told him, “Go,
serve the Lord; only let your flocks and your herds be detained. Even your little ones may go with
you” (Ex. 10:24, NASB). This was Pharaoh’s fourth and final compromise offer.
Pharaoh wasn’t dumb; he realized that people are attached to their property and that if the
Egyptians could keep the property of the Israelites, then they could be assured that the Israelites
would return. But Moses was not about to accept a compromise offer. He said, “Not a hoof shall
be left behind” (v. 26, NASB).
Pharaoh was now past feeling, and the omniscient God also knew that he was unchangeable.
Thus, the Bible says again, “But the Lord made Pharaoh’s heart stronger and more stubborn, and
he would not let them go” (v. 27, Amplified).
Then the proud king, unchanged by all of these judgments, said to Moses, “Get away from me!
See that you never enter my presence again, for the day you see my face again you shall die!” (v.
28, Amplified). Moses answered Pharaoh, “Thou hast spoken well, I will see thy face again no
more” (v. 29).
What terrible grief results when people set their wills against God as Pharaoh did.
This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun…. yea, also the heart of the sons of
men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live (Eccles. 9:3).