13 And the Lord said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me.
14 For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth.
15 For now I will stretch out my hand, that I may smite thee and thy people with pestilence; and thou shalt be cut off from the earth.
16 And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.
17 As yet exaltest thou thyself against my people, that thou wilt not let them go?
18 Behold, to morrow about this time I will cause it to rain a very grievous hail, such as hath not been in Egypt since the foundation thereof even until now.
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.
20 He that feared the word of the Lord among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his cattle flee into the houses:
21 And he that regarded not the word of the Lord left his servants and his cattle in the field.
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.
23 And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the Lord sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the Lord rained hail upon the land of Egypt.
24 So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, very grievous, such as there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation.
25 And the hail smote throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail smote every herb of the field, and brake every tree of the field.
26 Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail.
K.J.V. Bible Text
Again the Lord instructed Moses to “stand before Pharaoh” early in the morning and tell him to “Let my people go, that they may serve me.”
This time the threat before Pharaoh was that the Lord would smite all of Egypt with pestilence in the form of a grievous hail such as had never before fallen on Egypt.
The most telling part of today’s reading to me is the verse (16) that says, “16 And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.” The Lord tells Pharaoh that his very power, the high station of Pharaoh, was given to him so that all in the world would be able to witness the power of the lord.
Verse 20 says, “He that feared the word of the Lord among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his cattle flee into the houses.” Surely by now even some of Pharaoh’s most loyal subjects must have realized the power of the Lord and been wary of what was to come.
The Lord’s threat was fulfilled in an awesome storm of fire, thunder and hail. The hail destroyed crops and men and beasts throughout Egypt. Only in Goshen where lived the children of Israel was there no hail. Such a distinction must surely have brought home the fact that the Lord considered the Israelites his people and that they were under his protection.
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