Exodus 9:3

Overview - Exodus 9
The murrain of beasts.
The plague of boils and blains.
13 The message of Moses about the hail.
22 The plague of hail.
27 Pharaoh sues to Moses, but yet is hardened.
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Exodus 9:3  (King James Version)
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.

the hand
7:4 8:19 1 Samuel 5:6-11 ; 6:9 Acts 13:11

We may observe a particular scope and meaning in this calamity, if we consider it in regard to the Egyptians, which would not have existed in respect to any other people. They held in idolatrous reverence almost every animal, but some they held in particular veneration; as the ox, cow, and ram. Among these, {Apis} and {Mnevis} are well known; the former being a sacred bull, worshipped at Memphis, as the latter was at Heliopolis. A cow or heifer had the like honours at Momemphis; and the same practice seems to have been adopted in most of the Egyptian {nomes.} By the infliction of this judgment, the Egyptian deities sank before the God of the Hebrews
See Bryant, pp. 87-93.