Exodus 9:2
New International Version
If you refuse to let them go and continue to hold them back,

New Living Translation
If you continue to hold them and refuse to let them go,

English Standard Version
For if you refuse to let them go and still hold them,

Berean Study Bible
But if you refuse to let them go and continue to restrain them,

New American Standard Bible
"For if you refuse to let them go and continue to hold them,

King James Bible
For if thou refuse to let them go, and wilt hold them still,

Christian Standard Bible
But if you refuse to let them go and keep holding them,

Contemporary English Version
If you keep refusing,

Good News Translation
If you again refuse to let them go,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But if you refuse to let them go and keep holding them,

International Standard Version
But if you refuse to let them go and continue to hold them,

NET Bible
For if you refuse to release them and continue holding them,

New Heart English Bible
For if you refuse to let them go, and hold them still,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If you refuse to let them go and continue to hold them [in slavery],

JPS Tanakh 1917
For if thou refuse to let them go, and wilt hold them still,

New American Standard 1977
“For if you refuse to let them go, and continue to hold them,

Jubilee Bible 2000
For if thou refuse to let them go and wilt hold them still,

King James 2000 Bible
For if you refuse to let them go, and will hold them still,

American King James Version
For if you refuse to let them go, and will hold them still,

American Standard Version
For if thou refuse to let them go, and wilt hold them still,

Brenton Septuagint Translation
If however thou wilt not send my people away, but yet detainest them:

Douay-Rheims Bible
But if thou refuse, and withhold them still:

Darby Bible Translation
For if thou refuse to let them go, and shalt retain them still,

English Revised Version
For if thou refuse to let them go, and wilt hold them still,

Webster's Bible Translation
For if thou shalt refuse to let them go, and wilt hold them still,

World English Bible
For if you refuse to let them go, and hold them still,

Young's Literal Translation
for, if thou art refusing to send away, and art still keeping hold upon them,
Study Bible
The Fifth Plague: Livestock
1Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and tell him that this is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: ‘Let My people go, so that they may worship Me. 2But if you refuse to let them go and continue to restrain them, 3then the hand of the LORD will bring a severe plague on your livestock in the field—on your horses, donkeys, camels, herds, and flocks.…
Cross References
Exodus 8:2
But if you refuse to let them go, I will plague your whole country with frogs.

Exodus 9:3
then the hand of the LORD will bring a severe plague on your livestock in the field--on your horses, donkeys, camels, herds, and flocks.

Treasury of Scripture

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

Exodus 4:23
And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn.

Exodus 8:2
And if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs:

Exodus 10:4
Else, if thou refuse to let my people go, behold, to morrow will I bring the locusts into thy coast:







Lexicon
But
כִּ֛י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

if
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

you
אַתָּ֖ה (’at·tāh)
Pronoun - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

refuse
מָאֵ֥ן (mā·’ên)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3986: Unwilling

to let them go
לְשַׁלֵּ֑חַ (lə·šal·lê·aḥ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Piel - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 7971: To send away, for, out

and continue
וְעוֹדְךָ֖ (wə·‘ō·wḏ·ḵā)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5750: Iteration, continuance, again, repeatedly, still, more

to restrain
מַחֲזִ֥יק (ma·ḥă·zîq)
Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2388: To fasten upon, to seize, be strong, obstinate, to bind, restrain, conquer

them,
בָּֽם׃ (bām)
Preposition | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew
9:1-7 God will have Israel released, Pharaoh opposes it, and the trial is, whose word shall stand. The hand of the Lord at once is upon the cattle, many of which, some of all kinds, die by a sort of murrain. This was greatly to the loss of the owners; they had made Israel poor, and now God would make them poor. The hand of God is to be seen, even in the sickness and death of cattle; for a sparrow falls not to the ground without our Father. None of the Israelites' cattle should die; the Lord shall sever. The cattle died. The Egyptians worshipped their cattle. What we make an idol of, it is just with God to remove from us. This proud tyrant and cruel oppressor deserved to be made an example by the just Judge of the universe. None who are punished according to what they deserve, can have any just cause to complain. Hardness of heart denotes that state of mind upon which neither threatenings nor promise, neither judgements nor mercies, make any abiding impression. The conscience being stupified, and the heart filled with pride and presumption, they persist in unbelief and disobedience. This state of mind is also called the stony heart. Very different is the heart of flesh, the broken and contrite heart. Sinners have none to blame but themselves, for that pride and ungodliness which abuse the bounty and patience of God. For, however the Lord hardens the hearts of men, it is always as a punishment of former sins.
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