10 So they took soot from the kiln, and stoodLXV beforeLXVI Pharaoh, and Moses threw it in the air, and it caused festering boils on humans and animals. 11 The magiciansLXVII couldLXVIII not stand beforeLXIX Moses because ofLXX the boils, for the boils afflictedLXXI the magicians as well as all the Egyptians.
12 But the Lord hardenedLXXII the heart of Pharaoh, and he would not listenLXXIII to them, just as the Lord had spokenLXXIV to Moses.
13 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Rise up earlyLXXV in the morningLXXVI and presentLXXVII yourself beforeLXXVIII Pharaoh,
and upon your officials,LXXXIV and upon your people, so thatLXXXV you may knowLXXXVI that there is no one like me in all the earth.LXXXVII 15 For by now I could have stretched outLXXXVIII my hand and struckLXXXIX you and your people with pestilence, and you would have been cut offXC from the earth.
that you have in the open field broughtCVIII to a secure place;CIX everyCX human or animal that is in the open field and is not broughtCXI under shelterCXII will die when the hail comes downCXIII upon them.’”
20 Those officials of Pharaoh who fearedCXIV the wordCXV of the Lord hurriedCXVI their slavesCXVII and livestock off to a secure place.CXVIII 21 Those who did not regardCXIX the word of the Lord leftCXX their slaves and livestock in the open field.
22 The Lord said to Moses, “Stretch outCXXI your hand toward heavenCXXII so that hail may fallCXXIII on the whole land of Egypt, on humans and animals and all the plantsCXXIV of the field in the land of Egypt.”
23 Then Moses stretched out his staffCXXV toward heaven, and the Lord sentCXXVI thunderCXXVII and hail,
such heavyCXXXIV hail as had never fallenCXXXV in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation.CXXXVI 25 The hail struck downCXXXVII everything that was in the open field throughout all the land of Egypt, both human and animal; the hail also struck down all the plants of the field, and shatteredCXXXVIII every treeCXXXIX in the field.
26 OnlyCXL in the land of Goshen,CXLI where the Israelites were, there was no hail.
27 ThenCXLII Pharaoh summonedCXLIII Moses and Aaron, and said to them, “This time I have sinned;CXLIV the Lord is in the right,CXLV and I and my people are in the wrong.CXLVI
29 Moses said to him, “As soon as I have gone outCLIII of the city,CLIV I will stretch outCLV my handsCLVI to the Lord; the thunder will cease,CLVII and there will be no more hail, so that you may know that the earth is the Lord’s. 30 But as for you and your officials, I know that you do not yet fearCLVIII the Lord God.”
31 (Now the flaxCLIX and the barleyCLX were ruined,CLXI for the barley was in the earCLXII and the flax was in bud.CLXIII 32 But the wheatCLXIV and the speltCLXV were not ruined, for they are late in coming up.)CLXVI
33 So Moses left Pharaoh, went out of the city, and stretched outCLXVII his handsCLXVIII to the Lord; then the thunder and the hail ceased, and the rainCLXIX no longer poured downCLXX on the earth.
34 But when Pharaoh sawCLXXI that the rain and the hail and the thunder had ceased, he sinned once moreCLXXII and hardenedCLXXIII his heart, he and his officials. 35 So the heart of Pharaoh was hardened,CLXXIV and he would not let the Israelites go,CLXXV just as the Lord had spoken throughCLXXVI Moses.
Image credit: “Moses Aaron Shofar Pharaoh” – a still from the movie Seder-Masochism by Nina Paley, 2108.