Exodus 9

Egyptian Cattle Die

1Then the  Lord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and speak to him, ‘Thus says the  Lord, the God of the Hebrews, a  Let My people go, that they may serve Me. 2“For b  if you refuse to let them go and
Lit still hold
continue to hold them,
3behold d  the hand of the  Lord
Lit will be
will come with a very severe pestilence on your livestock which are in the field, on the horses, on the donkeys, on the camels, on the herds, and on the flocks.
4 f  “But the  Lord will make a distinction between the livestock of Israel and the livestock of Egypt, so that g  nothing will die of all that belongs to the sons of Israel.”’” 5The  Lord set a definite time, saying, “Tomorrow the  Lord will do this thing in the land.” 6So the  Lord did this thing on the next day, and h  all the livestock of Egypt died; i  but of the livestock of the sons of Israel, not one died. 7Pharaoh sent, and behold, there was not even one of the livestock of Israel dead. But j  the heart of Pharaoh was
Lit heavy
hardened, and he did not let the people go.

The Plague of Boils

8Then the  Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Take for yourselves handfuls of soot from a kiln, and let Moses throw it toward the sky in the sight of Pharaoh. 9It will become fine dust over all the land of Egypt, and will become l  boils breaking out with sores on man and beast through all the land of Egypt.” 10So they took soot from a kiln, and stood before Pharaoh; and Moses threw it toward the sky, and it became boils breaking out with sores on man and beast. 11 m  The
Or soothsayer priests
magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils, for the boils were on the magicians
Lit and on all
as well as on all the Egyptians.
12And p  the  Lord
Lit made strong
hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not listen to them, just as the  Lord had spoken to Moses.

13Then the  Lord said to Moses, r  Rise up early in the morning and stand before Pharaoh and say to him, ‘Thus says the  Lord, the God of the Hebrews, s  Let My people go, that they may serve Me. 14For this time I will send all My plagues
Lit to your heart
on you and your servants and your people, so that u  you may know that there is no one like Me in all the earth.
15“For if by now I had put forth My hand and struck you and your people with pestilence, you would then have been cut off from the earth. 16But, indeed, v  for this reason I have allowed you to
Lit stand
remain, in order to show you My power and in order to proclaim My name through all the earth.
17Still you exalt yourself against My people
Lit so as not to let
by not letting them go.

The Plague of Hail

18Behold, about this time tomorrow, y  I will
Lit cause to rain
send a very heavy hail, such as has not been seen in Egypt from the day it was founded
Lit and until now
until now.
19Now therefore send, bring ab  your livestock and whatever you have in the field to safety. ac  Every man and beast that is found in the field and is not brought home, when the hail comes down on them, will die.”’” 20 ad  The one among the servants of Pharaoh who
Or revered
feared the word of the  Lord made his servants and his livestock flee into the houses;
21but he who
Lit did not set his heart to
paid no regard to the word of the  Lord
Lit then left
left his servants and his livestock in the field.

22Now the  Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward the sky, that
Lit there may be hail
ai  hail may fall on all the land of Egypt, on man and on beast and on every plant of the field, throughout the land of Egypt.”
23Moses stretched out his staff toward the sky, and the  Lord
Lit gave
Lit sounds
thunder and al  hail, and fire ran down to the earth. And the  Lord rained hail on the land of Egypt.
24So there was hail, and fire
Lit taking hold of itself
flashing continually in the midst of the hail, very severe, such as had not been in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation.
25 an  The hail struck all that was in the field through all the land of Egypt, both man and beast; the hail also struck every plant of the field and shattered every tree of the field. 26 ao  Only in the land of Goshen, where the sons of Israel were, there was no hail.

27Then Pharaoh
Lit sent and called
aq  sent for Moses and Aaron, and said to them, ar  I have sinned this time; the  Lord is the righteous one, and I and my people are the wicked ones.
28 as  Make supplication to the  Lord, for there has been enough of God’s
Lit sounds
thunder and hail; and au  I will let you go, and you shall stay no longer.”
29Moses said to him, “As soon as I go out of the city, I will av  spread out my
Lit palms
hands to the  Lord; the
Lit sounds
thunder will cease and there will be hail no longer, that you may know that ay  the earth is the  Lord’s.
30 az  But as for you and your servants, I know that ba  you do not yet
Or reverence
Lit before the  Lord
the  Lord God.”
31(Now the flax and the bd  barley were
Lit smitten
ruined, for the barley was in the ear and the flax was in bud.
32But the wheat and the spelt were not
Lit smitten
ruined, for they ripen late.)
33 bg  So Moses went out of the city from Pharaoh, and spread out his
Lit palms
hands to the  Lord; and the
Lit sounds
thunder and the hail ceased, and rain
Lit was not poured
no longer poured on the earth.
34But when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the
Lit sounds
thunder had ceased, he sinned again and
Lit made heavy
hardened his heart, he and his servants.
35Pharaoh’s heart was
Lit strong
hardened, and he did not let the sons of Israel go, just as the bn   Lord had spoken through Moses.
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