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Commentary » Exodus 9:13-Exodus 9:26 »

The Plague of Hail

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The next three plagues all distinctly point to heaven as their place of origin. God sent Moses to talk, early in the morning, with Pharaoh, again, before the next plague (v. 13). Because he would not let the Israelites go, God would be sending another plague (v. 14). He says that He could have already sent a terrible plague that would have wiped Pharaoh and his people from the earth but He has kept them alive, just to show them His power and to bring honor to Himself everywhere in the world (vv. 15-16). Since Pharaoh is determined not to let the Lord’s people go God is going to bring on Egypt the seventh plague of hail, the worst storm in its history (vv. 17-18).

God warns the king that he had better give orders for every person to take shelter and bring every animal inside by this time tomorrow and if they don’t they will die (v. 19). Some of the kings officials were frightened by what the Lord had said and hurried to make sure their slaves and animals were safe (v. 20). Others didn’t pay any attention to his warning (v. 21). Moses followed God’s instruction as he stretched out his rod and hail started falling everywhere while thunder roared and lightening flashed (vv. 22-24). Rain was not frequent in Egypt so hail was an unusual occurrence. Never had there been such a storm in Egypt. People, animals and crops were pounded into the ground as bark was also stripped from the trees (v. 25). Now, several of the Egyptian gods were being challenged since they were not able to control the sky, crops, and the storm like they were supposed to. But over in the land of Goshen not one hailstone fell (v. 26).


When the storms of life come my way I want to always find my shelter in the Lord.

Exodus 9:13-26 (English Standard Version)

Then the LORD said to Moses, "Rise up early in the morning and present yourself before Pharaoh and say to him, 'Thus says the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, "Let my people go, that they may serve me. For this time I will send all my plagues on you yourself, and on your servants and your people, so that you may know that there is none like me in all the earth. 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. 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. You are still exalting yourself against my people and will not let them go. Behold, about this time tomorrow I will cause very heavy hail to fall, such as never has been in Egypt from the day it was founded until now. Now therefore send, get your livestock and all that you have in the field into safe shelter, for every man and beast that is in the field and is not brought home will die when the hail falls on them."'" Then whoever feared the word of the LORD among the servants of Pharaoh hurried his slaves and his livestock into the houses, but whoever did not pay attention to the word of the LORD left his slaves and his livestock in the field. Then the LORD said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand toward heaven, so that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt, on man and beast and every plant of the field, in the land of Egypt." Then Moses stretched out his staff toward heaven, and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and fire ran down to the earth. And the LORD rained hail upon the land of Egypt. There was hail and fire flashing continually in the midst of the hail, very heavy hail, such as had never been in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation. The hail struck down everything that was in the field in all the land of Egypt, both man and beast. And the hail struck down every plant of the field and broke every tree of the field. Only in the land of Goshen, where the people of Israel were, was there no hail.

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