You claim that it took all day for the Israelites to leave Egypt. How is this possible when the Bible states that they were to leave in haste?

  You claim that it took all day for the Israelites to leave Egypt. How is this possible when the Bible states that they were to leave in haste?

  The fact that it took the entire daylight portion of the day for the Israelites to plunder the Egyptians and leave Egypt is not hard to understand when you consider that the group likely numbered over 3+ million (below is what we know along with a few assumptions).

600,000 (footmen, Num. 11:21)
3,000,000 (assuming wife and 4 children per footman)
50,000 (assuming number of mixed multitude)
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3,650,000 (total)

If anything, this number is probably conservative. It’s also important to remember that this exodus included children and the elderly along with their livestock and flocks. This is larger than the city of Los Angeles. How long would it logistically require, even if they made preparation the night before, for the population of a Los Angeles to evacuate the city? This would require more than 2-3 hours, it would take the entire day and then some for a group of this size to evacuate.

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Michael B
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The question, as posed, is not quite accurate, though close. They were commanded to “eat” in haste: Exo 12:11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is Yahweh’s Passover. And the Egyptians urged them to leave in haste: Exo 12:33 And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men. But the Hebrews had no command from Heaven to leave in… Read more »
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