Exodus Chapter 9
19 Send therefore now, and gather thy cattle, and all that thou hast in the field; for upon every man and beast which shall be found in the field, and shall not be brought home, the hail shall come down upon them, and they shall die.
22 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch forth thine hand toward heaven, that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt, upon man, and upon beast, and upon every herb of the field, throughout the land of Egypt.
29 And Moses said unto him, As soon as I am gone out of the city, I will spread abroad my hands unto the LORD; and the thunder shall cease, neither shall there be any more hail; that thou mayest know how that the earth is the LORD'S.
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Matthew Henry's Exodus Chapter 9 Bible commentary...
The murrain of beasts. (1-7) The plague of boils and blains. (8-12) The plague of hail threatened. (13-21) The plague of hail inflicted. (22-35)1-7 God will have Israel released, Pharaoh opposes it, and the trial is, whose word shall stand. The hand of the Lord at once is upon the cattle, many of which, some of all kinds, die by a sort of murrain. This was greatly to the loss of the owners; they had made Israel poor, and now God would make them poor. The hand of God is to be seen, even in the sickness and death of cattle; for a sparrow falls not to the ground without our Father. None of the Israelites' cattle should die; the Lord shall sever. The cattle died. The Egyptians worshipped their cattle. What we make an idol of, it is just with God to remove from us. This proud tyrant and cruel oppressor deserved to be made an example by the just Judge of the universe. None who are punished according to what they deserve, can have any just cause to complain. Hardness of heart denotes that state of mind upon which neither threatenings nor promise, neither judgements nor mercies, make any abiding impression. The conscience being stupified, and the heart filled with pride and presumption, they persist in unbelief and disobedience. This state of mind is also called the stony heart. Very different is the heart of flesh, the broken and contrite heart. Sinners have none to blame but themselves, for that pride and ungodliness which abuse the bounty and patience of God. For, however the Lord hardens the hearts of men, it is always as a punishment of former sins.
8-12 When the Egyptians were not wrought upon by the death of their cattle, God sent a plague that seized their own bodies. If lesser judgments do not work, God will send greater. Sometimes God shows men their sin in their punishment. They had oppressed Israel in the furnaces, and now the ashes of the furnace are made a terror to them. The plague itself was very grievous. The magicians themselves were struck with these boils. Their power was restrained before; but they continued to withstand Moses, and to confirm Pharaoh in his unbelief, till they were forced to give way. Pharaoh continued obstinate. He had hardened his own heart, and now God justly gave him up to his own heart's lusts, permitting Satan to blind and harden him. If men shut their eyes against the light, it is just with God to close their eyes. This is the sorest judgment a man can be under out of hell.
13-21 Moses is here ordered to deliver a dreadful message to Pharaoh. Providence ordered it, that Moses should have a man of such a fierce and stubborn spirit as this Pharaoh to deal with; and every thing made it a most signal instance of the power of God has to humble and bring down the proudest of his enemies. When God's justice threatens ruin, his mercy at the same time shows a way of escape from it. God not only distinguished between Egyptians and Israelites, but between some Egyptians and others. If Pharaoh will not yield, and so prevent the judgment itself, yet those that will take warning, may take shelter. Some believed the things which were spoken, and they feared, and housed their servants and cattle, and it was their wisdom. Even among the servants of Pharaoh, some trembled at God's word; and shall not the sons of Israel dread it? But others believed not, and left their cattle in the field. Obstinate unbelief is deaf to the fairest warnings, and the wisest counsels, which leaves the blood of those that perish upon their own heads.
22-35 Woful havoc this hail made: it killed both men and cattle; the corn above ground was destroyed, and that only preserved which as yet was not come up. The land of Goshen was preserved. God causes rain or hail on one city and not on another, either in mercy or in judgment. Pharaoh humbled himself to Moses. No man could have spoken better: he owns himself wrong; he owns that the Lord is righteous; and God must be justified when he speaks, though he speaks in thunder and lightning. Yet his heart was hardened all this while. Moses pleads with God: though he had reason to think Pharaoh would repent of his repentance, and he told him so, yet he promises to be his friend. Moses went out of the city, notwithstanding the hail and lightning which kept Pharaoh and his servants within doors. Peace with God makes men thunder-proof. Pharaoh was frightened by the tremendous judgment; but when that was over, his fair promises were forgotten. Those that are not bettered by judgments and mercies, commonly become worse.
Pat Murphy's Exodus Chapter 9 comment about verse 16 on 7/27/2014, 4:20pm...
This does not seem like a God of Love.
Stir2012's Exodus Chapter 9 comment on 5/29/2014, 3:21pm...
God hardened Pharoah 's heart everytime he performed a sign or a wonder. Or, one can say, Pharoah harden his own heart everytime God performed a sign or a wonder. He refused to let the people go even after seeing all the miracles.
BSP's Exodus Chapter 9 comment about verse 20 on 4/10/2014, 3:56pm...
This scripture shows the importance of resisting peer pressure. We each have a personal accounting with Jehovah God and we should not allow the bad actions of others to keep us from doing what is required of us or we will have to suffer the same consequences that they face.
Caligadhle@hotmail.co.za's Exodus Chapter 9 comment about verse 14 on 3/28/2014, 3:45pm...
I think about that God has no IMAGE, absolute and eternal, and there is none like unto Him.
Shedrack precious's Exodus Chapter 9 comment about verse 12 on 2/25/2014, 1:52pm...
God hardened pharaoh s heart why
Mary's Exodus Chapter 9 comment on 8/25/2013, 8:50am...
The earth is the LORD's and the fullness there of. This shows all of us just how powerful GOD is, He says what He says and He means just what He says, we are living in a time that we really need to study GOD'S word and obey it because He does not play. We asHis children need to stay in His will in order for Him to protect us.
LINDA's Exodus Chapter 9 comment on 2/24/2013, 7:10am...
God is good but people do not pray enough. He knows what we are. Just going to church is not enough. When it rains, you still should pray God. Stop looking at all the bad things and just keep praising. Stop using Sunday for a day off. This is Godís day. Pray with others, stop following the wrong crowd. Stop talking about each other. Pray and protect our children. Let God know we love him much and we appreciate he loves us.
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