Exodus 9:16
Parallel Verses
English Standard Version
But for this purpose I have raised you up, to show you my power, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth.

King James Bible
And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.

American Standard Version
but in very deed for this cause have I made thee to stand, to show thee my power, and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And therefore have I raised thee, that I may shew my power in thee, and my name may be spoken of throughout all the earth.

English Revised Version
but in very deed for this cause have I made thee to stand, for to shew thee my power, and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.

Webster's Bible Translation
And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, to show in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.

Exodus 9:16 Parallel
Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The sixth plague smote man and beast with Boils Breaking Forth in Blisters. - שׁחין (a common disease in Egypt, Deuteronomy 28:27) from the unusual word שׁחן (incaluit) signifies inflammation, then an abscess or boil (Leviticus 13:18.; 2 Kings 20:7). אבעבּעת, from בּוּע, to spring up, swell up, signifies blisters, φλυκτίδες (lxx), pustulae. The natural substratum of this plague is discovered by most commentators in the so-called Nile-blisters, which come out in innumerable little pimples upon the scarlet-coloured skin, and change in a short space of time into small, round, and thickly-crowded blisters. This is called by the Egyptians Hamm el Nil, or the heat of the inundation. According to Dr. Bilharz, it is a rash, which occurs in summer, chiefly towards the close at the time of the overflowing of the Nile, and produces a burning and pricking sensation upon the skin; or, in Seetzen's words, "it consists of small, red, and slightly rounded elevations in the skin, which give strong twitches and slight stinging sensations, resembling those of scarlet fever". The cause of this eruption, which occurs only in men and not in animals, has not been determined; some attributing it to the water, and others to the heat. Leyrer, in Herzog's Cyclopaedia, speaks of the "Anthrax which stood in a causal relation to the fifth plague; a black, burning abscess, which frequently occurs after a murrain, especially the cattle distemper, and which might be called to mind by the name ἄνθραξ, coal, and the symbolical sprinkling of the soot of the furnace." In any case, the manner in which this plague was produced was significant, though it cannot be explained with positive certainty, especially as we are unable to decide exactly what was the natural disease which lay at the foundation of the plague. At the command of God, Moses and Aaron took "handfuls of soot, and sprinkled it towards the heaven, so that it became dust over all the land of Egypt," i.e., flew like dust over the land, and became boils on man and beast. הכּבשׁן פּיח: soot or ashes of the smelting-furnace or lime-kiln. כּבשׁן is not an oven or cooking stove, but, as Kimchi supposes, a smelting-furnace or lime-kiln; not so called, however, a metallis domandis, but from כּבשׁ in its primary signification to press together, hence (a) to soften, or melt, (b) to tread down. Burder's view seems inadmissible; namely, that this symbolical act of Moses had some relation to the expiatory rites of the ancient Egyptians, in which the ashes of sacrifices, particularly human sacrifices, were scattered about. For it rests upon the supposition that Moses took the ashes from a fire appropriated to the burning of sacrifices - a supposition to which neither כּבשׁן nor פּיח is appropriate. For the former does not signify a fire-place, still less one set apart for the burning of sacrifices, and the ashes taken from the sacrifices for purifying purposes were called אפר, and not פּיח (Numbers 19:10). Moreover, such an interpretation as this, namely, that the ashes set apart for purifying purposes produced impurity in the hands of Moses, as a symbolical representation of the thought, that "the religious purification promised in the sacrificial worship of Egypt was really a defilement," does not answer at all to the effect produced. The ashes scattered in the air by Moses did not produce defilement, but boils or blisters; and we have no ground for supposing that they were regarded by the Egyptians as a religious defilement. And, lastly, there was not one of the plagues in which the object was to pronounce condemnation upon the Egyptian worship or sacrifices; since Pharaoh did not wish to force the Egyptian idolatry upon the Israelites, but simply to prevent them from leaving the country.

The ashes or soot of the smelting-furnace or lime-kiln bore, no doubt, the same relation to the plague arising therefrom, as the water of the Nile and the dust of the ground to the three plagues which proceeded from them. As Pharaoh and his people owed their prosperity, wealth, and abundance of earthly goods to the fertilizing waters of the Nile and the fruitful soil, so it was from the lime-kilns, so to speak, that those splendid cities and pyramids proceeded, by which the early Pharaohs endeavoured to immortalize the power and glory of their reigns. And whilst in the first three plagues the natural sources of the land were changed by Jehovah, through His servants Moses and Aaron, into sources of evil, the sixth plague proved to the proud king that Jehovah also possessed the power to bring ruin upon him from the workshops of those splendid edifices, for the erection of which he had made use of the strength of the Israelites, and oppressed them so grievously with burdensome toil as to cause Egypt to become like a furnace for smelting iron (Deuteronomy 4:20), and that He could make the soot or ashes of the lime-kiln, the residuum of that fiery heat and emblem of the furnace in which Israel groaned, into a seed which, when carried through the air at His command, would produce burning boils on man and beast throughout all the land of Egypt. These boils were the first plague which attacked and endangered the lives of men; and in this respect it was the first foreboding of the death which Pharaoh would bring upon himself by his continued resistance. The priests were so far from being able to shelter the king from this plague by their secret arts, that they were attacked by them themselves, were unable to stand before Moses, and were obliged to give up all further resistance. But Pharaoh did not take this plague to heart, and was given up to the divine sentence of hardening.

Exodus 9:16 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

deed

Exodus 14:17 And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them: and I will get me honor on Pharaoh...

Psalm 83:17,18 Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yes, let them be put to shame, and perish...

Proverbs 16:4 The LORD has made all things for himself: yes, even the wicked for the day of evil.

Romans 9:17,22 For the scripture said to Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised you up, that I might show my power in you...

1 Peter 2:8,19 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient...

Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men...

raised thee up. Heb. made thee stand. for to

Exodus 14:4 And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honored on Pharaoh, and on all his host...

Exodus 15:11-16 Who is like to you, O LORD, among the gods? who is like you, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders...

Exodus 18:11 Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly he was above them.

Joshua 2:10,11 For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when you came out of Egypt...

1 Samuel 4:8 Woe to us! who shall deliver us out of the hand of these mighty Gods?...

Psalm 136:10-15 To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endures for ever...

that my

1 Chronicles 16:24 Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvelous works among all nations.

Psalm 64:9 And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing.

Psalm 83:17,18 Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yes, let them be put to shame, and perish...

Isaiah 63:12-14 That led them by the right hand of Moses with his glorious arm, dividing the water before them, to make himself an everlasting name...

Malachi 1:11,14 For from the rising of the sun even to the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles...

Romans 9:17 For the scripture said to Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised you up, that I might show my power in you...

Cross References
Romans 9:17
For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, "For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth."

Exodus 9:15
For by now I could have put out my hand and struck you and your people with pestilence, and you would have been cut off from the earth.

Exodus 9:17
You are still exalting yourself against my people and will not let them go.

Nehemiah 9:10
and performed signs and wonders against Pharaoh and all his servants and all the people of his land, for you knew that they acted arrogantly against our fathers. And you made a name for yourself, as it is to this day.

Psalm 76:10
Surely the wrath of man shall praise you; the remnant of wrath you will put on like a belt.

Psalm 106:8
Yet he saved them for his name's sake, that he might make known his mighty power.

Proverbs 16:4
The LORD has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble.

Jump to Previous
Allowed Cause Clear Declared Declaring Deed Destruction Earth Honoured Indeed Kept Live Order Power Proclaim Proclaimed Purpose Raised Reason Sake Shew Show Stand Throughout
Jump to Next
Allowed Cause Clear Declared Declaring Deed Destruction Earth Honoured Indeed Kept Live Order Power Proclaim Proclaimed Purpose Raised Reason Sake Shew Show Stand Throughout
Links
Exodus 9:16 NIV
Exodus 9:16 NLT
Exodus 9:16 ESV
Exodus 9:16 NASB
Exodus 9:16 KJV

Exodus 9:16 Bible Apps
Exodus 9:16 Biblia Paralela
Exodus 9:16 Chinese Bible
Exodus 9:16 French Bible
Exodus 9:16 German Bible

Bible Hub

ESV Text Edition: 2016. The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
Exodus 9:15
Top of Page
Top of Page