Moshe then turned to Bnei Yisrael and said, “People of Israel: It is finally time to collect payment for 210 years of slavery. Go ask the Egyptians for their gold, silver, jewels and even their beautiful clothes. Do this quickly so we can leave Egypt today.”
Most of the Egyptians were more than willing to hand over their treasures.
“Who needs more plagues?! We had enough already!” they thought to themselves.
However, some of them couldn’t bring themselves to give up their wealth, “Sorry buddy, but we don’t own anything valuable. Here, take a pickle and get out of my house!”
Bnei Yisrael, however, knew their exact location. During the plague of darkness, when the Egyptians couldn’t move, the Jews walked into their houses and discovered where they hid their precious items. “And don’t forget all your gold in the dresser drawer. You know, the third drawer on the left.”
“Hmmm, How did they know that?!” wondered the puzzled Egyptians.
Having no choice, the Egyptians replied, “Okay, take whatever you want. Just get out of our country… and the sooner the better.”
That’s how Bnei Yisrael left Egypt with great riches, just as HaShem had promised, over 400 years before to our great ancestor Avraham, “Your descendants will be enslaved and oppressed in a foreign land… but afterwards you will leave with great wealth”.
Of course, no amount of money could compensate Bnei Yisrael for the 210 years of back-breaking slavery.