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Commentary » Exodus 9:27-Exodus 9:35 »

Pharaoh Said One Thing And Did Another

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Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron to come to him through the storm (v. 27). He told them he had sinned and that the Lord is righteous and that he and his people are wicked. He wanted Moses to get rid of the hailstorm and the thunderings (v. 28). He told Moses that your people can go; they don’t have to stay in Egypt any longer. Moses told Pharaoh he would pray but that he knew they did not fear the Lord God (vv. 29-30). Meanwhile, the flax and barley crops had been destroyed by the storm because they were ready to ripen (v. 31). However the wheat crops ripen later and they were not damaged (v. 32).

After Moses left the king’s palace he went outside the city and prayed (v. 33). At once, the Lord caused the thunder to stop and there was no more hail nor rain. When Pharaoh realized the storm was over he hardened his heart once more and would not let the children of Israel go as the Lord had told him through Moses (vv. 34-35). This was exactly what the Lord said would happen. Pharaoh’s predictable cycle of behavior was to say one thing and do another.


Is there anything God has asked me to do and perhaps during a difficult time I told the Lord I would do it? Then, when times were good, I forget about the promise. Today would be a good time for me to make those promises right with the Lord if that is the case. A wise person is one that not only hears the Word but does it.

Exodus 9:27-35 (English Standard Version)

Then Pharaoh sent and called Moses and Aaron and said to them, "This time I have sinned; the LORD is in the right, and I and my people are in the wrong. Plead with the LORD, for there has been enough of God's thunder and hail. I will let you go, and you shall stay no longer." Moses said to him, "As soon as I have gone out of the city, I will stretch out my hands to the LORD. The thunder will cease, and there will be no more hail, so that you may know that the earth is the LORD's. But as for you and your servants, I know that you do not yet fear the LORD God." (The flax and the barley were struck down, for the barley was in the ear and the flax was in bud. But the wheat and the emmer were not struck down, for they are late in coming up.) So Moses went out of the city from Pharaoh and stretched out his hands to the LORD, and the thunder and the hail ceased, and the rain no longer poured upon the earth. But when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunder had ceased, he sinned yet again and hardened his heart, he and his servants. So the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he did not let the people of Israel go, just as the LORD had spoken through Moses.

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