Wisdom of Solomon 15:17

17 But, being mortal, he maketh a dead thing with lawless hands;

For he is better than the things he worshippeth;

Of the two, he indeed had life, but they never.

The Egyptians worshipped irrational and unclean animals and were therefore punished by means of them. Small animals, viz. quails, benefited the Israelites.

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