The fifth plague: All cattle in Egypt die
Then the LORD said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh, and tell him, Thus
saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me.
For if thou refuse to let them go, and wilt hold them still,
Behold, the hand of the
LORD is upon thy cattle which is in the field, upon the horses, upon the
asses, upon the camels, upon the oxen, and upon the sheep: there shall be a
very grievous murrain.
And the LORD shall sever between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of
Egypt: and there shall nothing die of all that is the children's of Israel.
God said to Moses,
Go to the Pharaoh and say to him,
The God of the Hebrews says to you,
Let my people go so they can serve me.
If you refuse, I will kill your cattle with a deadly disease.
(But I'll only kill your cattle, not the Israelites'.) 
And the LORD appointed a set time, saying, To morrow the LORD shall do
this thing in the land.
And the LORD did that
thing on the morrow, and all the cattle of Egypt died: but of the
cattle of the children of Israel died not one.
And Pharaoh sent, and, behold, there was not one of the cattle of the
Israelites dead. And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he did not let
the people go.
The Pharaoh noticed that God didn't kill the Israelites' cattle. But he didn't let the people go.
And the LORD said unto Moses and unto Aaron, Take to you handfuls of ashes
of the furnace, and let Moses sprinkle it toward the heaven in the sight of
God said to Moses and Aaron,
Take handfuls of ashes and sprinkle them toward heaven in the sight of Pharaoh.
And it shall become
small dust in all the land of Egypt, and shall be a boil breaking forth with
blains upon man, and upon beast, throughout all the land of Egypt.
This will cause boils and blains to break out on people and animals thoughout Egypt.
And they took ashes of the furnace, and stood before Pharaoh; and Moses
sprinkled it up toward heaven; and it became a boil breaking forth with
blains upon man, and upon beast.
So Moses and Aaron took ashes and sprinkled them toward heaven.
And boils broke out on all the people and animals in Egypt.
And the magicians could
not stand before Moses because of the boils; for the boil was upon the
magicians, and upon all the Egyptians.
The boils and blains were so bad that Pharoah's magicians couldn't stand before Moses.
And the LORD hardened
the heart of Pharaoh, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had
spoken unto Moses.
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.
God said to Moses,
Get up early tomorrow and say to the Pharaoh,
Let my people go so they can serve me.
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
I will send all my plagues so that you will know that there's nobody else like me on earth. 
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.
I will stretch forth my had to smite you and your people with pestilence, and cut you off from the earth.
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.
As yet exaltest thou thyself against my people, that thou wilt not let
That's why I made you the Pharaoh -- to show off my power and make myself famous all over the earth.
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
Moses continued quoting God as saying,
Tomorrow about this time I'll cause it to hail like it's never before hailed in Egypt.
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.
So gather all your animals, because any animals or people that are in the field will be killed by the hail.
He that feared the word of the LORD among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and
his cattle flee into the houses:
The Egyptians that feared God's word brought all their cattle into their houses.
And he that regarded not the word of the LORD left his servants and his
cattle in the field.
But those that didn't left their cattle in the field.
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.
God said to Moses,
Stretch out your hand toward heaven, so that hail will fall upon every person, animal, and plant in Egypt.
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
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.
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.
Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there
And Pharaoh sent, and called for Moses and Aaron, and said unto them, I
have sinned this time: the LORD is righteous, and I and my people are
After God's hail storm, the Pharaoh called Moses and said to him,
I have sinned, God is righteous, and my people are wicked.
Intreat the LORD (for it is enough) that there be no more mighty
thunderings and hail; and I will let you go, and ye shall stay no longer.
Ask God to stop the thunder and hail, and I'll let you go.
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
But as for thee and thy servants, I know that ye will not yet fear the
Moses said to him,
As soon as I get out of the city, I'll raise my hands to God, and the thunder and hail will stop.
That way you'll know that the earth belongs to God.
Who owns the earth?
But I know that you and your people won't fear God.
And the flax and the barley was smitten: for the barley was in the ear,
and the flax was bolled.
But the wheat and the rie were not smitten: for they were not grown up.
(The flax and barley were destroyed because they had sprouted, but the wheat and rye were not because they were still
in the ground.)
And Moses went out of the city from Pharaoh, and spread abroad his hands
unto the LORD: and the thunders and hail ceased, and the rain was not poured
upon the earth.
So Moses left the city, spread his hands to God, and the thunder, hail, and rain stopped.
And when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunders were
ceased, he sinned yet more, and hardened his heart, he and his servants.
And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, neither would he let the children
of Israel go; as the LORD had spoken by Moses.
- It seems strange that the Israelites would have any cattle, since they were supposedly slaves. But okay.
- But a little later, in the seventh and tenth plagues,
God kills them all again. (See Ex 9:19-20 and 12:29
for other divine cattle killings.)
- God sends plagues so that people can get to know him better.
- God kills all cattle the second time. (See Ex 9:6 and 12:29
for God's other cattle killings.)
- Dwindling in Unbelief
- The Passover Plot --
God's Intelligently Designed Mass Murder (Exodus 9:3-6, 9, 19)
- How many animals has God killed?
- God on Trial: The Rabbi Speaks
(9:3, 9, 19)
- The Lord
smote all of the firstborn in the land of Egypt. (9:12, 16, 29)
- God's 8th Killing: Hail
shall come down upon them, and they shall die. (9:19-25)
- How many has God killed?
(Complete list and estimated total) (9:25)
- Slate Blogs the Bible by David Plotz
- God Enjoys the 10 Plagues Way Too Much
- Christian Responses
- The Annotated Skeptic's Annotated Bible
Drunk With Blood Audiobook - The seventh plague: Hail