When Pharaoh got nasty and mean and deceiving and wouldn't agree to the Israelites' leaving, God sent him ten plagues so he might change his mind, and the Jews could leave terrible Egypt behind. There was blood in the gutters and frogs in the butter, and lice on their heads and beasts in their beds, disease in the cattle and big boils in the saddle. Hail started showering and locusts devouring. It turned dark as a pit. Then the first-born were hit.