I have heard on multiple occasions of a Chazal that states something along the lines of:

"Had Binei Yisroel merited/been righteous enough, they could have walked out of Egypt."

There are a number of questions raised by this (such as the Makkos being made functionally superfluous) but for now I'm just looking for a textual source for this.

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    I'm not familiar with such a source, but maybe you were thinking of the Babylonian exile? ראויים היו ישראל ליעשות להם נס בימי עזרא כדרך שנעשה להם בימי יהושע בן נון אלא שגרם החטא (Berachot 4a)
    – b a
    Apr 23 '17 at 13:10
  • Are you only looking for sources in hazal? Consider clarifying.
    – mevaqesh
    Apr 23 '17 at 13:21
  • @ba I'm specifically looking for sources about Mitzraim. Possibly connected to the concept that 4/5ths of the Jews died in Egypt. Apr 23 '17 at 14:03
  • @mevaqesh I could quote myself... :) I'm deliberately casting a broad net. Is there an authoritative Jewish source that says X. Apr 23 '17 at 14:04
  • There are medrashim on "v'at arom v'eryah" that say they were devoid of mitzvot and needed to perform milah and pesach to merit the geulah.
    – Loewian
    Apr 23 '17 at 15:27

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