Exodus 9

1Then the Lord told Moses to go to Pharaoh and tell him: “The Lord, the God of the Hebrew people, says, 'Let my people go to worship me!’ 2If you continue to hold them and refuse to let them go, 3then the Lord will use his power against your animals in the fields. The Lord will cause all of your horses, donkeys, camels, cattle, and sheep to become sick with a terrible disease. 4The Lord will treat Israel’s animals differently from the animals of Egypt. None of the animals that belong to the people of Israel will die. 5The Lord has set the time for this to happen. Tomorrow the Lord will cause this to happen in this country.’” 6The next morning, all the farm animals in Egypt died. But none of the animals that belonged to the people of Israel died. 7Pharaoh sent people to see if any of the animals of Israel died. And not one of the animals of Israel died. Pharaoh remained stubborn. He did not let the people go. 8The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Fill your hands with the ashes from an oven. Moses, throw the ashes into the air in front of Pharaoh. 9This will become dust that will go throughout the land of Egypt. Whenever the dust touches a person or an animal in Egypt, boils ˻(sores)˼ will break out on the skin.” 10So Moses and Aaron took ashes from a furnace. Then they went and stood before Pharaoh. Moses threw the ashes into the air, and boils began breaking out on people and animals. 11The magicians could not stop Moses from doing this, because even the magicians had the boils. This happened everywhere in Egypt. 12But the Lord made Pharaoh stubborn. So Pharaoh refused to listen to Moses and Aaron. This happened just like the Lord had said. 13Then the Lord said to Moses, “Get up in the morning and go to Pharaoh. Tell him that the Lord, the God of the Hebrew people says, 'Let my people go to worship me! 14If you don’t do this, then I will use my full power against you, your officials, and your people. Then you will know that there is no god in the world like me. 15I could use my power and cause a disease that would wipe you and your people off the earth. 16But I have put you here for a reason. I have put you here so that I could show you my power. Then people all over the world will learn about me! 17You are still against my people. You are not letting them go free. 18So, at this time tomorrow, I will cause a very bad hailstorm. There has never been a hailstorm like this in Egypt, not since Egypt became a nation. 19Now, you must put your animals in a safe place. Everything you own that is now in the fields must be put in a safe place. Why? Because any person or animal that remains in the fields will be killed. The hail will fall on everything that is not gathered into your houses.’” 20Some of Pharaoh’s officials paid attention to the Lord’s message. Those men quickly put all of their animals and slaves into houses. 21But other people ignored the Lord’s message. Those people lost all their slaves and animals that were in the fields. 22The Lord told Moses, “Raise your arms into the air and the hail will start falling all over Egypt. The hail will fall on all the people, animals, and plants in all the fields of Egypt.” 23So Moses raised his walking stick into the air, and the Lord caused thunder, lightning, and hail to fall to earth. The hail fell all over Egypt. 24The hail was falling. And there was lightning flashing all through it. It was the worst hailstorm that had ever hit Egypt since it had been a nation. 25The storm destroyed everything in the fields in Egypt. The hail destroyed people, animals, and plants. The hail also broke all the trees in the fields. 26The only place that did not get hail was the land of Goshen, where the people of Israel lived. 27Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron. Pharaoh told them, “This time I have sinned. The Lord is right, and I and my people are wrong. 28The hail and thunder from God are too much! Ask God to stop the storm and I will let you go. You don’t have to stay here.” 29Moses told Pharaoh, “When I leave the city, I will lift my arms in prayer to the Lord. And the thunder and hail will stop. Then you will know that the Lord is in this land. 30But I know that you and your officials don’t really fear and respect the Lord yet.” 31The flax had already developed its seeds. And the barley was already blooming. So these plants were destroyed. 32But the wheat and spelt ripen later than the other grains, so these plants were not destroyed. 33Moses left Pharaoh and went outside the city. He lifted his arms in prayer to the Lord. And the thunder and hail stopped, and then even the rain stopped. 34When Pharaoh saw that the rain, hail, and thunder had stopped, he again did wrong. He and his officials became stubborn again. 35Pharaoh refused to let the people of Israel go free. This happened just like the Lord had said through Moses.

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