Bible: Exodus 9:18-33

9:18 I am going to cause very severe hail to rain down 1  about this time tomorrow, such hail as has never occurred 2  in Egypt from the day it was founded 3  until now. 9:19 So now, send instructions 4  to gather 5  your livestock and all your possessions in the fields to a safe place. Every person 6  or animal caught 7  in the field and not brought into the house – the hail will come down on them, and they will die!”’

9:20 Those 8  of Pharaoh’s servants who feared the word of the Lord hurried to bring their 9  servants and livestock into the houses, 9:21 but those 10  who did not take 11  the word of the Lord seriously left their servants and their cattle 12  in the field.

9:22 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Extend your hand toward the sky 13  that there may be 14  hail in all the land of Egypt, on people and on animals, 15  and on everything that grows 16  in the field in the land of Egypt.” 9:23 When Moses extended 17  his staff toward the sky, the Lord 18  sent thunder 19  and hail, and fire fell to the earth; 20  so the Lord caused hail to rain down on the land of Egypt. 9:24 Hail fell 21  and fire mingled 22  with the hail; the hail was so severe 23  that there had not been any like it 24  in all the land of Egypt since it had become a nation. 9:25 The hail struck everything in the open fields, both 25  people and animals, throughout all the land of Egypt. The hail struck everything that grows 26  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! 27  The Lord is righteous, and I and my people are guilty. 28  9:28 Pray to the Lord, for the mighty 29  thunderings and hail are too much! 30  I will release you and you will stay no longer.” 31 

9:29 Moses said to him, “When I leave the city 32  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. 33  9:30 But as for you 34  and your servants, I know that you do not yet fear 35  the Lord God.”

9:31 (Now the 36  flax and the barley were struck 37  by the hail, 38  for the barley had ripened 39  and the flax 40  was in bud. 9:32 But the wheat and the spelt 41  were not struck, for they are later crops.) 42 

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.

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