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Commentary » Exodus 9:1-Exodus 9:12 »

The Plagues of Dead Animals And Boils

Every one that gets to the throne must put their foot upon the thorn. The way to the crown is by the cross. We must taste the fall, if we are to taste the glory. When justified by faith, God brought Israel through the Red Sea, He led them into the wilderness. So when God saves a … More


Again Moses was God’s spokesman to Pharaoh and he said, “Thus saith the Lord God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me (v. 1).” He warns the King that if he keeps refusing He will bring a terrible disease to his horses, donkeys, camels, cattle, sheep and goats (vv. 2-3). At the same time He will protect the people of Israel and none of theirs will die (v. 4). He says this will happen tomorrow (v. 5).

The next day it happened just as the Lord said it would (v. 6). This fifth plague of disease meant death to the cattle which was sacred to the Egyptians; Also death came to their other domesticated  animals: horses, donkeys, camels, and goats. What an economic disaster this was for the Egyptians and what a horrible odor through the land. Pharaoh sent his servants to the land of Goshen to see what was happening there. Not one of their cattle died. Even though Pharaoh could  see God taking care of the Israelites his heart was hard and he would not let the Israelites go (v. 7).

One day the Lord told Moses and Aaron to take handfuls of ashes from a furnace and threw the ashes in the air before Pharaoh (v. 8). From these particles the sixth plague of boils will break out in sores on the people and animals (v. 9). Moses threw ashes into the air and immediately sores broke out on the Egyptians and their animals (v. 10). Even the magicians couldn’t stand up to try their magic, because they were so sick with the boils (v. 11). Still Pharaoh’s heart was hardened (v. 12).


Sometimes God may have to get my attention through physical things. Through these circumstances it is important that my heart never becomes hardened but is molded to His will.

Exodus 9:1-12 (English Standard Version)

Then the LORD said to Moses, "Go in to Pharaoh and say to him, 'Thus says the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, "Let my people go, that they may serve me. For if you refuse to let them go and still hold them, behold, the hand of the LORD will fall with a very severe plague upon your livestock that are in the field, the horses, the donkeys, the camels, the herds, and the flocks. But the LORD will make a distinction between the livestock of Israel and the livestock of Egypt, so that nothing of all that belongs to the people of Israel shall die."'" And the LORD set a time, saying, "Tomorrow the LORD will do this thing in the land." And the next day the LORD did this thing. All the livestock of the Egyptians died, but not one of the livestock of the people of Israel died. And Pharaoh sent, and behold, not one of the livestock of Israel was dead. But the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he did not let the people go. And the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, "Take handfuls of soot from the kiln, and let Moses throw them in the air in the sight of Pharaoh. It shall become fine dust over all the land of Egypt, and become boils breaking out in sores on man and beast throughout all the land of Egypt." So they took soot from the kiln and stood before Pharaoh. And Moses threw it in the air, and it became boils breaking out in sores on man and beast. And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils, for the boils came upon the magicians and upon all the Egyptians. But the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he did not listen to them, as the LORD had spoken to Moses.

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