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Exodus 9

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 1 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Go to Pharaoh and tell him, 'Thus says the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me.

 2 For if you refuse to let them go and still hold them,

 3 Behold, the hand of the LORD will come with a grievous pestilence upon your livestock that are in the field, upon the horses, the donkeys, the camels, the oxen, and upon the sheep.

 4 And the LORD will make a difference between the livestock of Israel and the livestock of Egypt, so nothing shall die that belongs to the children's of Israel.'"

 5 Then the LORD set a time, saying, "Tomorrow the LORD will do this thing in the land."

 6 And the LORD did it the next day, and all the livestock of Egypt died; but none of the livestock of the children of Israel died.

 7 Then Pharaoh sent to find out, and behold, none of the livestock of the Israelites was dead. But the heart of Pharaoh was hardened and he did not let the people go.

 8  So the LORD said to Moses and to Aaron, "Take handfuls of ashes from the kiln and let Moses throw it toward the sky in the sight of Pharaoh.

 9 And it will become small dust in all the land of Egypt, and will become boils breaking out in sores upon man and beast throughout all the land of Egypt."

 10 So they took ashes from the kiln and stood before Pharaoh; and Moses threw it up toward the sky, and it became boils breaking out in sores upon man and beast.

 11 And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils; for the boils were upon the magicians and upon all the Egyptians.

 12 But the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he did not listen to them, just as the LORD had spoken to Moses.

 13 And the LORD said to Moses, "Rise up early in the morning and stand before Pharaoh and say to him, 'Thus says the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me.

 14 For this time I will send all my plagues upon your heart and upon your servants and upon your people, that you may know that there is none like me in all the earth.

 15 For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with pestilence, and you would have been cut off from the earth.

 16 But indeed for this purpose I have spared you, to show you my power, and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.1

 17 Yet you still exalt yourself against my people by not letting them go.

 18 Behold, tomorrow about this time I will cause it to rain a very grievous hail, such as has not been in Egypt since its foundation even until now.

 19 Therefore send now and gather your cattle, and all that you have in the field; for the hail shall come down upon every man and beast that is found in the field and is not brought home, and they shall die.'"

 20 Then those who feared the word of the LORD among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his livestock flee to the houses.

 21 But those who did not regard the word of the LORD left their servants and their livestock in the field.

 22 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand toward the sky, so that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt, upon man and beast, and upon every plant of the field, throughout the land of Egypt."

 23 And Moses stretched out his rod toward the sky, and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and lightning ran along upon the ground, and the LORD rained hail upon the land of Egypt.

 24 So there was hail, and fire flashed in the midst of the grievous hail, such as there had not been in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation.

 25 And the hail struck throughout all the land of Egypt everything that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail struck every plant of the field and broke every tree of the field.

 26 Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail.

 27 Then Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron, and said to them, "I have sinned this time; the LORD is righteous, and my people and I are wicked.

 28 Pray to the LORD that there may be no more mighty thunderings and hail (for it is enough); I will let you go, and you shall no longer stay here."

 29 And Moses said to him, "As soon as I leave the city, I will spread out my hands in prayer to the LORD; the thunder will cease and there will be no more hail, so that you may know that the earth is the LORD's.

 30 But as for you and your servants, I know that you do not yet fear the LORD God."

 31 Now the flax and the barley were destroyed, for the barley was in the ear and the flax was in bud.

 32 But the wheat and the peas were not ruined, for they had not grown up yet.

 33 So Moses went out of the city from Pharaoh, and stretched out his hands to the LORD; and the thunder and hail ceased, and the rain was no longer poured upon the earth.

 34 But when Pharaoh saw that the rain, the hail, and the thunder had ceased, he sinned again and hardened his heart, he and his servants.

 35 So the heart of Pharaoh was hardened; he would not let the children of Israel go, just as the LORD had spoken by Moses.


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1 I have spared you, to show you my power, and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth. The Old Testament was the time for God to show his power in spectacular displays, catastrophic displays, and miraculous natural events. Jesus, and the early church, displayed great power — but of different type, like healing power, which is a much more gentle power. The spectaclular displays of power by God were to establish him beyond any other claim to occur throughout history; so that all successive generations would have an indelible record of a magnificent, powerful, God of the Hebrews; so that when we are seeking God in the 21st Century, that we can remember his power; so that we can believe that this same Lord and God can do whatever he pleases; so that if we hear the true gospel that he came to destroy the sin in men, we would know he could do it, if we have faith in his promises: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are in slavery. Luke 4:18-20...The Son of God has been revealed [in us], that he might destroy [in us] the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8.

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