Plague of Locusts

New International Version:

Exodus 10:12-19

12 And the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over Egypt

so that locusts swarm over the land

and devour everything growing in the fields,

everything left by the hail.”

13 So Moses stretched out his staff over Egypt,

and the Lord made an east wind blow across the land

all that day and all that night.

By morning the wind had brought the locusts; 14 

they invaded all Egypt and settled down

in every area of the country in great numbers.

Never before had there been such a plague of locusts,

nor will there ever be again.

15 They covered all the ground until it was black.

They devoured all that was left after the hail—

everything growing in the fields

and the fruit on the trees.

Nothing green remained on tree or plant

in all the land of Egypt.

16 Pharaoh quickly summoned Moses and Aaron and said,

“I have sinned against the Lord your God and against you.

17 Now forgive my sin once more

and pray to the Lord your God

to take this deadly plague away from me.”

18 Moses then left Pharaoh and prayed to the Lord.

19 And the Lord changed the wind to a very strong west wind,

which caught up the locusts and carried them into the Red Sea.[b]

Not a locust was left anywhere in Egypt. 

 

 

Wondering when, in the year, grasshoppers

come out and may overflow the growing crops,

this is what I learned from Ask.com:

Grasshoppers mate in late summer or fall,

and the female lays an egg sac the ground.

The eggs remain there over winter,

and they usually hatch in late May.

 

But grasshoppers exist all over the Earth,

they cannot possibly all hatch in May!

Where does the Writer live?

Anyway, I dare to translate ”May” to any

season of year wherever there’s ”Mayish” weather.

In Northern Europe first month of Summer,

trees getting green, warm to hot weather,

and dry conditions.

The locusts are reported to, in some years,

become very, very multiplied,

and to eat all crops that are growing.

So, when are crops maturing in the land of Egypt?

 

Bible’s giving us a hint that we should use,

when trying to  resolve this puzzle.

 

Exodus 9:31-32

 (The flax and barley were destroyed,

since the barley had headed

and the flax was in bloom.

32 The wheat and spelt, however,

were not destroyed,

because they ripen later.)

 

 

And, according to, the flaxen and barley

matured in mid Februari forward.

Wheat and Spelt about two months later,

that’s in May.

Anyway, the locusts hit in the Egypt dry season.

 

T’was the Hail that slew down the flaxen and barley.

 

 

 

The grasshopper mating season is when you hear the special

grasshopper fiddling in July-August in Northern Europe.

In the very more southern region of Egypt, this naturally

happens much earlier in the year!

So when is the weather of Egypt comparable with the

hot and dry northern high summer?

The locusts gather to mate.

The eggs ”stay in ground over winter,

hatching in May”. Well in Egypt that should be

several months earlier.

After they’ve hatched, there follows several weeks

when they go through several stages of metamorphosis

from wingless nymphs to reach full grown stadium

after three months in mid to late summer – that is when they gather

to mate.

So, according to Bible, the locust plague occurred

before the Exodus took place in the mid month of Abib/Aviv

that is Nisan. This Hebrew month, first of the year,

is usually compared to March/April. This is according

to how the year is divided in by astrology. Aviv/Nisan

could then be ….. to the Aries sign, first of twelve.

This is according to months calculated by the Sun’s

orbit.

But there’s more to this. The moon must be included

in the calculation.

The astrological year begins always at the Spring

equinox, that is between the 19th and 22nd of March,

sign called Aries. So you might think the Jewish month

of Aviv/Nisan would begin 19th-22nd March,

and so the Passover would have been celebrated on

the fourteenth day, that would be between the

7th – 10th April.  But now, here comes the Moon

giving unexpected trouble.

Because Aviv/Nisan does not at all begin by

the solar spring equinox – it begins

by that New Moon that occurs nearest this

eqinox.

After or before the equinox?

Anyway the Moon month is 29 days,

so there are 29 days to choose from

for the New Moon’s appearance.

And, is there any chance to fastställa

which date the New Moon fell on,

in the Exodus year.

When we do not know the Exodus year at all.

 

 

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