Bible: Exodus 9:1-35


The Fifth Blow: Disease


Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and tell him, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, “Release my people that they may serve me! 9:2 For if you refuse to release them 2  and continue holding them, 3  9:3 then the hand of the Lord will surely bring 4  a very terrible plague 5  on your livestock in the field, on the horses, the donkeys, the camels, 6  the herds, and the flocks. 9:4 But the Lord will distinguish 7  between the livestock of Israel and the livestock of Egypt, and nothing 8  will die of all that the Israelites have.”’ 9 

9:5 The Lord set 10  an appointed time, saying, “Tomorrow the Lord will do this 11  in the land.” 9:6 And the Lord did this 12  on the next day; 13  all 14  the livestock of the Egyptians 15  died, but of the Israeliteslivestock not one died. 9:7 Pharaoh sent representatives to investigate, 16  and indeed, not even one of the livestock of Israel had died. But Pharaoh’s heart remained hard, 17  and he did not release the people.


The Sixth Blow: Boils


Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Take handfuls of soot 19  from a furnace, and have Moses throw it 20  into the air while Pharaoh is watching. 21  9:9 It will become fine dust over the whole land of Egypt and will cause boils to break out and fester 22  on both people and animals in all the land of Egypt.” 9:10 So they took soot from a furnace and stood before Pharaoh, Moses threw it into the air, and it caused festering boils to break out on both people and animals.

9:11 The magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils, for boils were on the magicians and on all the Egyptians. 9:12 But the Lord hardened 23  Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not listen to them, just as the Lord had predicted to Moses.


The Seventh Blow: Hail


The Lord said 25  to Moses, “Get up early in the morning, stand 26  before Pharaoh, and tell him, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of the Hebrews: “Release my people so that they may serve me! 9:14 For this time I will send all my plagues 27  on your very self 28  and on your servants and your people, so that you may know that there is no one like me in all the earth. 9:15 For by now I could have stretched out 29  my hand and struck you and your people with plague, and you would have been destroyed 30  from the earth. 9:16 But 31  for this purpose I have caused you to stand: 32  to show you 33  my strength, and so that my name may be declared 34  in all the earth. 9:17 You are still exalting 35  yourself against my people by 36  not releasing them. 9:18 I am going to cause very severe hail to rain down 37  about this time tomorrow, such hail as has never occurred 38  in Egypt from the day it was founded 39  until now. 9:19 So now, send instructions 40  to gather 41  your livestock and all your possessions in the fields to a safe place. Every person 42  or animal caught 43  in the field and not brought into the house – the hail will come down on them, and they will die!”’

9:20 Those 44  of Pharaoh’s servants who feared the word of the Lord hurried to bring their 45  servants and livestock into the houses, 9:21 but those 46  who did not take 47  the word of the Lord seriously left their servants and their cattle 48  in the field.

9:22 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Extend your hand toward the sky 49  that there may be 50  hail in all the land of Egypt, on people and on animals, 51  and on everything that grows 52  in the field in the land of Egypt.” 9:23 When Moses extended 53  his staff toward the sky, the Lord 54  sent thunder 55  and hail, and fire fell to the earth; 56  so the Lord caused hail to rain down on the land of Egypt. 9:24 Hail fell 57  and fire mingled 58  with the hail; the hail was so severe 59  that there had not been any like it 60  in all the land of Egypt since it had become a nation. 9:25 The hail struck everything in the open fields, both 61  people and animals, throughout all the land of Egypt. The hail struck everything that grows 62  in the field, and it broke all the trees of the field to pieces. 9:26 Only in the land of Goshen, where the Israelites lived, was there no hail.

9:27 So Pharaoh sent and summoned Moses and Aaron and said to them, “I have sinned this time! 63  The Lord is righteous, and I and my people are guilty. 64  9:28 Pray to the Lord, for the mighty 65  thunderings and hail are too much! 66  I will release you and you will stay no longer.” 67 

9:29 Moses said to him, “When I leave the city 68  I will spread my hands to the Lord, the thunder will cease, and there will be no more hail, so that you may know that the earth belongs to the Lord. 69  9:30 But as for you 70  and your servants, I know that you do not yet fear 71  the Lord God.”

9:31 (Now the 72  flax and the barley were struck 73  by the hail, 74  for the barley had ripened 75  and the flax 76  was in bud. 9:32 But the wheat and the spelt 77  were not struck, for they are later crops.) 78 

9:33 So Moses left Pharaoh, went out of the city, and spread out his hands to the Lord, and the thunder and the hail ceased, and the rain stopped pouring on the earth. 9:34 When Pharaoh saw 79  that the rain and hail and thunder ceased, he sinned again: 80  both he and his servants hardened 81  their hearts. 9:35 So Pharaoh’s heart remained hard, 82  and he did not release the Israelites, as the Lord had predicted through Moses.

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