Locusts and flies (Wis 16:8-16:9)

“By this also you convinced our enemies

That it is you

Who delivered them from every evil.

They were killed

By the bites of locusts.

They were killed

By the bites of flies.

No healing was found for them.

Because they deserved

To be punished

By such things.”

Here then is allusion to the plagues in Egypt in Exodus, chapters 6-11, when the locusts and flies attacked and killed the Egyptians. However, they deserved to be punished in this way.