ויאמר. דעת חכמי המחקר איך יתכן זה והוצרכו לומר. להסיר היבושת וכל דבריהם רוח. כי הוא דרך מופת ואינו על דרך התולדת: AND HE SAID. Those versed in the sciences ask,8In Hebrew, chakhme ha-mechkar (philosophers professing materialistic principles) (Friedlander). how is this possible?9For a staff to be turned into a serpent by being cast upon the ground. They were forced10To conclude by their philosophic inquiries. to conclude that it was to remove the dryness.11The dry wood of the staff became moist by coming into contact with the ground. It was then fit for life to enter it (Zarza). This explanation of course appears ridiculous to a modern person. However, all their words are empty wind, as we are dealing with a wondrous event, one that did not occur according to the laws of nature.