New Living Translation

Exodus 9

A Plague against Livestock

1“Go back to Pharaoh,” the Lord commanded Moses. “Tell him, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says: Let my people go, so they can worship me. If you continue to hold them and refuse to let them go, the hand of the Lord will strike all your livestock—your horses, donkeys, camels, cattle, sheep, and goats—with a deadly plague. But the Lord will again make a distinction between the livestock of the Israelites and that of the Egyptians. Not a single one of Israel’s animals will die! The Lord has already set the time for the plague to begin. He has declared that he will strike the land tomorrow.’”

And the Lord did just as he had said. The next morning all the livestock of the Egyptians died, but the Israelites didn’t lose a single animal. Pharaoh sent his officials to investigate, and they discovered that the Israelites had not lost a single animal! But even so, Pharaoh’s heart remained stubborn,[a] and he still refused to let the people go.

A Plague of Festering Boils

Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Take handfuls of soot from a brick kiln, and have Moses toss it into the air while Pharaoh watches. The ashes will spread like fine dust over the whole land of Egypt, causing festering boils to break out on people and animals throughout the land.”

10 So they took soot from a brick kiln and went and stood before Pharaoh. As Pharaoh watched, Moses threw the soot into the air, and boils broke out on people and animals alike. 11 Even the magicians were unable to stand before Moses, because the boils had broken out on them and all the Egyptians. 12 But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and just as the Lord had predicted to Moses, Pharaoh refused to listen.

A Plague of Hail

13 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Get up early in the morning and stand before Pharaoh. Tell him, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says: Let my people go, so they can worship me. 14 If you don’t, I will send more plagues on you[b] and your officials and your people. Then you will know that there is no one like me in all the earth. 15 By now I could have lifted my hand and struck you and your people with a plague to wipe you off the face of the earth. 16 But I have spared you for a purpose—to show you my power[c] and to spread my fame throughout the earth. 17 But you still lord it over my people and refuse to let them go. 18 So tomorrow at this time I will send a hailstorm more devastating than any in all the history of Egypt. 19 Quick! Order your livestock and servants to come in from the fields to find shelter. Any person or animal left outside will die when the hail falls.’”

20 Some of Pharaoh’s officials were afraid because of what the Lord had said. They quickly brought their servants and livestock in from the fields. 21 But those who paid no attention to the word of the Lord left theirs out in the open.

22 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Lift your hand toward the sky so hail may fall on the people, the livestock, and all the plants throughout the land of Egypt.”

23 So Moses lifted his staff toward the sky, and the Lord sent thunder and hail, and lightning flashed toward the earth. The Lord sent a tremendous hailstorm against all the land of Egypt. 24 Never in all the history of Egypt had there been a storm like that, with such devastating hail and continuous lightning. 25 It left all of Egypt in ruins. The hail struck down everything in the open field—people, animals, and plants alike. Even the trees were destroyed. 26 The only place without hail was the region of Goshen, where the people of Israel lived.

27 Then Pharaoh quickly summoned Moses and Aaron. “This time I have sinned,” he confessed. “The Lord is the righteous one, and my people and I are wrong. 28 Please beg the Lord to end this terrifying thunder and hail. We’ve had enough. I will let you go; you don’t need to stay any longer.”

29 “All right,” Moses replied. “As soon as I leave the city, I will lift my hands and pray to the Lord. Then the thunder and hail will stop, and you will know that the earth belongs to the Lord. 30 But I know that you and your officials still do not fear the Lord God.”

31 (All the flax and barley were ruined by the hail, because the barley had formed heads and the flax was budding. 32 But the wheat and the emmer wheat were spared, because they had not yet sprouted from the ground.)

33 So Moses left Pharaoh’s court and went out of the city. When he lifted his hands to the Lord, the thunder and hail stopped, and the downpour ceased. 34 But when Pharaoh saw that the rain, hail, and thunder had stopped, he and his officials sinned again, and Pharaoh again became stubborn.[d] 35 Because his heart was hard, Pharaoh refused to let the people leave, just as the Lord had predicted through Moses.

Notas al pie

  1. 9:7 Hebrew heavy.
  2. 9:14 Hebrew on your heart.
  3. 9:16 Greek version reads to display my power in you; compare Rom 9:17.
  4. 9:34 Hebrew made his heart heavy.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

出埃及 9

瘟疫之灾

1耶和华对摩西说:“你再进宫见法老,告诉他,‘希伯来人的上帝耶和华说,让我的子民去事奉我。 如果你不让他们走,继续扣留他们, 我就会使你田间所有的牲畜,包括马、驴、骆驼和牛羊,都染上严重的瘟疫。 但我要把埃及和以色列的牲畜分开,以色列人的牲畜必丝毫无损。’” 耶和华定了日期,说:“明天耶和华必在此地行这事。” 第二天,耶和华就这样行了,埃及的牲畜都死了,但以色列人的牲畜一头也没死。 法老派人去探查,发现以色列人的牲畜真的安然无恙。可是,他仍然顽固,不肯让以色列人离开。

脓疮之灾

耶和华对摩西和亚伦说:“你们去取几把窑里的灰,摩西要在法老面前把灰抛向空中。 这灰要变成尘土,散布在埃及每一个角落,落在人或牲畜身上,就会起疱长疮。” 10 摩西和亚伦便取了一些窑里的灰,站在法老面前,摩西把灰抛向空中,埃及人和牲畜身上就开始起疱长疮。 11 埃及的巫师无法与摩西对抗,因为他们及所有埃及人身上都长了脓疮。 12 耶和华使法老的心刚硬,他就不听他们的话,正如耶和华对摩西说的。

冰雹之灾

13 耶和华对摩西说:“明天一早你再去见法老,对他说,‘希伯来人的上帝耶和华这样说,你要让我的子民出去事奉我。 14 这一次,我要降下大灾祸在你及你的臣仆和百姓身上,好叫你知道普天之下我独一无二。 15 我若用瘟疫攻击你和你的百姓,你们早就灭亡了。 16 我让你活到现在,是为了向你彰显我的权能,使我的名传遍天下。 17 但你竟然在我的子民面前狂傲自大,不让他们离开。 18 明天这个时候,我要使天上降下大冰雹,是你们埃及立国以来从没有见过的。 19 现在,你要叫人赶快到田间把牲畜和属于你的一切都带到安全的地方。凡留在田间的人或牲畜都会被冰雹打死。’” 20 有些法老的臣仆听了耶和华的话就很害怕,赶忙把在田间的仆人和牲畜都召回屋里。 21 但那些不把耶和华的话放在心上的,仍把他们的奴仆和牲畜留在田间。 22 耶和华对摩西说:“你向天伸杖,天就会降下冰雹,落在埃及的一切人畜身上,摧毁田间的一切农作物。” 23 摩西向天伸出手杖,耶和华就发出雷电和冰雹,火光飞向大地。耶和华在埃及降下冰雹。 24 那时冰雹夹杂着火降下来,极为严重,在埃及史无前例。 25 冰雹摧毁了埃及境内田间的一切,包括人和牲畜,摧毁了田里的一切作物,打断了所有的树木, 26 只有以色列人所住的歌珊没有冰雹。 27 法老派人召来摩西和亚伦,对他们说:“这次我犯罪了,耶和华是对的,我和我的百姓错了。 28 请你们向耶和华祷告,好止住雷电和冰雹。我准许以色列人出去,你们不必再留在这里了。” 29 摩西回答说:“我一出城,就向耶和华举手祷告,雷电和冰雹必立刻停止,这样你就知道普天下都属于耶和华。 30 但我知道你和你的臣仆还是不敬畏上帝耶和华。”

31 这场冰雹发生在大麦吐穗和亚麻开花的时候。 32 小麦和粗麦较晚成熟,没有被冰雹打坏。 33 摩西离开法老,走出城外向耶和华举手祷告,雷和冰雹便停止了,豪雨也不下了。 34 法老看见灾祸停止,就又犯罪,他和他的臣仆都心里顽固。 35 法老硬着心,不让以色列人离开,正如耶和华借摩西所言。