THE SLAUGHTER OF THE INNOCENTS
Balaam's advice was accepted by Pharaoh and the Egyptians.
They knew that God pays measure for measure,
therefore they believed that the drowning of the men children
would be the safest means of exterminating the Hebrews,
without incurring harm themselves, for the Lord had
sworn unto Noah never again to destroy the world by water.
Thus, they assumed, they would be exempt from punishment,
wherein they were wrong, however. In the first place,
though the Lord had sworn not to bring a flood upon men,
there was nothing in the way of bringing men into a flood.
Furthermore, the oath of God applied to the whole of mankind,
not to a single nation. The end of the Egyptians was
that they met their death in the billows of the Red Sea.