International Standard Version
The Plague on the Egyptian Cattle
1Then the LORD told Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the LORD God of the Hebrews says: “Let my people go so they may servea me. 2But if you refuse to let them go and continue to hold them, 3then the hand of the LORD will comeb with a very severe plague on your livestock in the fields, on horses, on donkeys, on camels, on cattle, and on sheep. 4The LORD will distinguish between the livestock of Israel and the livestock of the Egyptians, so that nothing that belongs to the Israelis will die.”’”
5The LORD set the time: “Tomorrow the LORD will do this thing in the land.” 6The LORD did this thing the next day, and all the livestock of the Egyptians died. But not one of the livestock died that belonged to the Israelis. 7Then Pharaoh inquired and discoveredc that not a single one of the livestock of Israel had died, but Pharaoh’s heart was stubbornd and he would not let the people go.
The Plague of Boils
8Then the LORD told Moses and Aaron, “Take handfuls of soot from a kiln, and let Moses throw it into the aire in front of Pharaoh. 9The sootf will become dust over the entire land of Egypt, and it will become boils erupting into sores on people and animals throughout the land of Egypt.”
10So they took soot from the kiln and stood before Pharaoh. Then Moses threw it into the air,g and it became boils producing running sores on people and animals. 11The magicians were not able to stand before Moses because of the boils, because the boils were on the magicians and on all the Egyptians. 12The LORD made Pharaoh’s heart stubbornh so that he would not listen to them, just as the LORD had told Moses.
The Plague of Hail
13Then the LORD told Moses, “Get up early in the morning, present yourself to Pharaoh, and say to him, ‘This is what the LORD God of the Hebrews says: “Let my people go so they may servei me. 14Indeed, this time I’m sending all my plagues against youj , your officials,k and your people, so you may know that there is no one like me in all the earth. 15Indeed, by now I could have sent forth my hand and struck you and your people with a plague, and you would have been destroyed from the earth. 16However, I’ve kept you standingl in order to show you my power and to declare my name in all the earth. 17You are still acting arrogantly against my people by not letting them go. 18Look! About this time tomorrow, I’ll send a severe hail storm, such as has not happened in Egypt from the day it was founded until now. 19So send for your livestock and everything that belongs to you that’s out in the field, becausem every person and animal found in the field that has not been brought inside to shelters will die when the hail comes down on them.”’”
20Whoever feared the message from the LORD among Pharaoh’s officialsn made his servants and livestock flee into shelters. 21But whoever did not pay attentiono to the message from the LORD left his servants and his livestock outside in the fields.
22Then the LORD told Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward heaven, and there will be hail in all the land of Egypt, on people, animals, and all the vegetation of the field throughout the land of Egypt. 23When Moses stretched out his staff toward heaven, the LORD sent thunder and hail, and lightning struck the earth. The LORD rained hail on the land of Egypt.
24There was very heavy hail, and lightning was flashing continuously in the midst of the hail. There had not been anything like it in the land of Egypt since it had become a nation. 25The hail struck everything, including people and animals, outside in the fields throughout the land of Egypt. The hail struck all the vegetation of the fields and shattered all the trees in the orchards. 26Only in the land of Goshen, where the Israelis were, was there no hail.
27Pharaoh sent wordp and called for Moses and Aaron. “I’ve sinned this time,” he told them. “The LORD is righteous, but I and my people are wicked. 28Pray to the LORD! There has been enough of God’s thunder and hail! I’ll let you go, and you need not stay any longer.”
29Moses told him, “When I leave the city I’ll spread out my hands to the LORD. The thunder will cease and the hail won’t continue, so that you may know that the earth belongs to the LORD. 30But as for you and your officials,q I know that you don’t yet fear the LORD God.” 31(Now the flax and the barley were ruined because the barley was in ear and the flax was in bud. 32The wheat and the wild grainr were not ruined because they were late crops.)
33Then Moses went out of the city from Pharaoh and spread out his hands to the LORD. The thunder and hail stopped, and the rain no longer poured out on the land. 34When Pharaoh saw that the rain, hail, and thunder had stopped, he continued to sin. He, along with his officials,s hardened his heart. 35Pharaoh’s heart was stubborn,t and he did not let the Israelis go, just as the LORD had said through Moses.
a 9:1 Or worship
b 9:3 Lit. be
c 9:7 Lit. sent and behold
d 9:7 Lit. strong
e 9:8 Lit. toward heaven
f 9:9 Lit. it
g 9:10 Lit. toward heaven
h 9:12 Lit. strong; i.e. determined
i 9:13 Or worship
j 9:14 Lit. to your heart
k 9:14 Or servants
l 9:16 Or allowed you to live; Lit. caused you to stand
m 9:19 Lit. and
n 9:20 Or servants
o 9:21 Lit. set his heart
p 9:27 The Heb. lacks word
q 9:30 Or servants
r 9:32 Or spelt
s 9:34 Or servants
t 9:35 Lit. strong