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MUTUAL RESPECT

"And the Lord spoke to Moses and to Aaron, and gave them a charge to the people of Israel, and to Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt." (Exodus 6:13)

Moses told Pharaoh: "And all these your servants shall come down to me, and bow down themselves to me, saying, Get out, and all the people who follow you; and after that I will go out. And he [Moses] went out from Pharaoh in great anger." (Exodus 11:8)

Commentary

In regard to the first verse above, Rashi comments: "He commanded them [Moses and Aaron] regarding him [Pharaoh] to pay him respect in their words."

Regarding the second verse, Rashi comments: "He [Moses] paid respect to the throne, for in the end Pharaoh himself came down to him [Moses] at night 'and said: "Rise up, get you forth from among my people,'" (Exodus 12:31); nevertheless Moses did not say to him [Pharaoh] in the beginning, 'And you (yourself) will come down to me and bow down to me.'"

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