Massive damage to the Egyptian economy

Exodus Bible Background

01.25.2018 – Old Testament: Exo 9.31–35

To read the Bible in a year, read Exodus 9–10 on January 25, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

We read over the plagues on Egypt quickly and we might not give much thought to how much they hurt the nation of Egypt. Consider this plague,

Now the flax and the barley were struck, for the barley was in the head and the flax was in bud. But the wheat and the spelt were not struck, for they are late crops. So Moses went out of the city from Pharaoh and spread out his hands to the LORD; then the thunder and the hail ceased, and the rain was not poured on the earth. And when Pharaoh saw that the rain, the hail, and the thunder had ceased, he sinned yet more; and he hardened his heart, he and his servants. So the heart of Pharaoh was hard; neither would he let the children of Israel go, as the LORD had spoken by Moses (Exodus 9.31–35).

How badly would a total destruction of two crops be to any nation? And Egypt had already suffered the water turning to blood and the death of their cattle in previous plagues. Think of the massive damage this did to the Egyptian economy and then see just how stubborn and hard of heart Pharaoh was that the massive collapse of his economy still did not change his mind.


  • What would you have done if you were Pharaoh?
  • How much would this have hurt your nation’s economy?

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