Exodus 7:12
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New International Version
Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron's staff swallowed up their staffs.

King James Bible
For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods.

Darby Bible Translation
they cast down every man his staff, and they became serpents; but Aaron's staff swallowed up their staves.

World English Bible
For they each cast down their rods, and they became serpents: but Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods.

Young's Literal Translation
and they cast down each his rod, and they become monsters, and the rod of Aaron swalloweth their rods;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods - As Egypt was remarkably addicted to magic, sorcery, etc., it was necessary that God should permit Pharaoh's wise men to act to the utmost of their skill in order to imitate the work of God, that his superiority might be clearly seen, and his powerful working incontestably ascertained; and this was fully done when Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods. We have already seen that the names of two of the chief of these magicians were Jannes and Jambres; see Clarke on Exodus 2:10 (note), and 2 Timothy 3:8 (note). Many traditions and fables concerning these may be seen in the eastern writers.

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Exodus 8:18,19 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...

Exodus 9:11 And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils; for the boil was on the magicians, and on all the Egyptians.

Acts 8:9-13 But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria...

Acts 13:8-11 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith...

Acts 19:19,20 Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men...

1 John 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Library
The History of the Prophetic Sermons, Epistles, and Apocalypses
[Sidenote: Real character and aims of the prophets] To understand and rightly interpret the prophetic writings of the Old Testament it is necessary to cast aside a false impression as to the character of the prophets which is widely prevalent. They were not foretellers, but forth-tellers. Instead of being vague dreamers, in imagination living far in the distant future, they were most emphatically men of their own times, enlightened and devoted patriots, social and ethical reformers, and spiritual
Charles Foster Kent—The Origin & Permanent Value of the Old Testament

Hope for the Heathen
Throughout his ministry Isaiah bore a plain testimony concerning God's purpose for the heathen. Other prophets had made mention of the divine plan, but their language was not always understood. To Isaiah it was given to make very plain to Judah the truth that among the Israel of God were to be numbered many who were not descendants of Abraham after the flesh. This teaching was not in harmony with the theology of his age, yet he fearlessly proclaimed the messages given him of God and brought hope
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

Cross References
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.

Exodus 7:11
Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts:

Exodus 7:13
Yet Pharaoh's heart became hard and he would not listen to them, just as the LORD had said.

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

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