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Moshe shows up with his brother and makes a demand of Paroh -- give up a chunk of your labor, or else. Then time and time again, Hashem, through Moshe, effects a major attack on the well being of Egypt: the water supply, the food, the trees, the animals etc.

Why doesn't Paroh just kill Moshe as someone threatening the wellbeing of the nation? He sought to kill Moshe after the killing of a single Egyptian but he doesn't seem to lay a hand against Moshe during (at least) the first 7 plagues.

Are there midrashim or meforshim which deal with this?

  • By the time he would have done so, he did not dare. Hashem had shown His power and Par'o needed Moshe to cancel the plagues. Additionally, Par'o had (in his own mind) started to see the conflict as being whether he could outlast this foreign god. Had he actually tried to kill Moshe, he would have been admitting that he could not defeat Moshe. Besides, by the time that he was ready to do so, it was too late to make the attempt. Moshe had shown that he was a powerful enough sorcerer that Par'o could not attack with his soldiers. Only his most powerful magicians could try and they had lost. – sabbahillel Feb 12 at 3:26

If God could harden Pharaoh's heart against freeing the Israelites, He could harden Pharaoh's heart against killing Moses.

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    But did He? We already knew that anything is possible – Double AA Feb 18 at 3:11

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