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One place to find stories that show the importance of agriculture for Egypt is in the story of the plagues that God inflicted on Egypt to force Pharaoh to let the Israelites leave. Many of these plagues are ones that would directly impact agriculture.
Among the plagues that God were the following plagues that impacted agriculture:
- The plague of pestilence that affected the animals of the Egyptians. This plague killed their livestock.
- The plague of hail that would kill livestock out in the fields and would also damage crops.
- The plague of locusts that would eat any crops that had survived the hail.
All of these plagues show that agriculture was important to Egypt. Agriculture is the only sort of economic activity that God targets with plagues. This shows that agriculture was the lifeblood of Egypt because attacking agriculture was a good way (God thought) to pressure Egypt into freeing the Israelites.
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