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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.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

9:3 a very grievous murrain. This plague only seemed to strike the animals “in the field,” as not all the cattle and horses died (note Exodus 9:9,l9, as well as Exodus 14:9) at this time at least. Furthermore, none of the animals of the Israelites died (Exodus 9:7). The Egyptians worshipped several cattle-gods–Hathor the cow goddess, and Apis the bull-god, among others.

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