||The master symbolists tried to produce lice with their hidden arts, but they could not. [Meanwhile], the lice were attacking man and beast alike.
Vaya'asu-chen hachartumim belateyhem lehotsi et-hakinim velo yacholu vatehi hakinam ba'adam uvabehemah.
||'It is the finger of God,' said the master symbolists to Pharaoh. But Pharaoh remained obstinate and would not listen, just as God had predicted.
Vayomeru hachartumim el-Par'oh etsba Elohim hi vayechezak lev-Par'oh velo-shama alehem ka'asher diber Adonay.
Etzba in Hebrew. In ancient Egyptian, the word etzba or tzeba also denotes a finger, but it also denotes retribution. The Egyptian occultists may have also been saying, 'It is God's retribution.'