Some of the early 14th Passover advocates say that the majority of the spoiling of the
Egyptians had to take place after the death of the firstborn of Egypt. It would be the
height of insensitivity to go up to someone who is burying his dead and ask him for some
jewelry, some silver, or some gold, or anything else. When someone has a death in the
family, one is or should be of the frame of mind to give to them, not take away. It is true
that the Israelites were slaves, and that the Egyptians owed them for their hard labor
over the years. It seems obvious that God, taking all into consideration, gave them favor
in the eyes of the Egyptians before this tragedy took place. Their spoils were packed and
ready to go before this calamity occurred. The early 14th Passover advocates can
produce no Scripture to prove this theory.
The theory stems from the KJV translation of Exodus 12:35-36, which puts the various
verbs into the present tense rather than the past tense. Notice that the RSV and the
NKJV both use past tense rather than present tense for this event. One may use either
tense for translating into English. However, as the Israelites were leaving Egypt in haste
at this point in the narrative, this is an obvious reference to what the Israelites had
recently accomplished. Moses had recorded that they were to spoil the Egyptians; now he
records that they had in fact previously spoiled them – before the night of terror for the
Exodus 12:35 And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the
Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment:
36 And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them
[such things as they required]. And they spoiled the Egyptians.
Exodus 12:35 The people of Israel had also done as Moses told them, for they had asked of the
Egyptians jewelry of silver and of gold, and clothing;
36 and the LORD had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have
what they asked. Thus they despoiled the Egyptians.
Exodus 12:35 Now the children of Israel had done according to the word of Moses, and they had
asked from the Egyptians articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing.
36 And the LORD had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they granted them
[what they requested]. Thus they plundered the Egyptians.