Enough was enough! HaShem told Moshe to bring the next plague and this time without warning Paraoh.
“Stretch out your hand toward the Heavens,” said HaShem, “and bring darkness upon the land.”
Moshe stretched his hand out to the sky, and a pitch-black darkness enveloped all of Egypt. For 3 days, the Egyptians couldn’t see anything at all. Candles didn’t even help – the light was swallowed up in the blackness.
“Turn on the lights! Somebody! Anybody!”
“Is this some kind of power outage?”
After that, there were 3 more days of even darker darkness that was blacker than black – so thick and heavy the Egyptians could not even move.
But wherever Bnei Yisrael went, they could see. It was light in their homes, and it was light for them even as they stepped into the Egyptian territories! The Egyptians were frozen in their places, but not Bnei Yisrael.