Ezekiel 29

1In the twelfth year, in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2Son of man, set your face against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and prophesy against him, and against all of Egypt, 3and say, Thus says the Lord: Behold, I am against you O Pharaoh, the great dragon that lies in the midst of his rivers, that says, The rivers are mine, and I made them. 4And I will put hooks in your jaws, and I will cause the fish of your river to stick to your sides, and I will bring you up out of the midst of your river; 5and I will quickly cast you down, and all the fish of your river. You shall fall on the face of the plain, and shall by no means be gathered, and shall not be brought together; I have given you for food to the wild beasts of the earth and to the fowls of the sky. 6And all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know that I am the Lord, because you have been a staff of reed to the house of Israel. 7When they took hold of you with their hand, you broke them; and when every hand was clapped against them, and when they leaned on you, you utterly broke them, and crushed the loins of them all. 8Therefore thus says the Lord: Behold, I will bring a sword upon you, and will cut off from you man and beast; 9and the land of Egypt shall be ruined and desolate; and they shall know that I am the Lord; because you say, The rivers are mine, and I made them. 10Therefore, behold, I am against you, and against all your rivers, and I will give up the land of Egypt to desolation, and the sword, and destruction, from Migdol and Syene even to the borders of the Ethiopians. 11No foot of man shall pass through it, and no foot of beast shall pass through it, and it shall not be inhabited for forty years. 12And I will cause her land to be utterly destroyed in the midst of a land that is desolate, and her cities shall be desolate forty years in the midst of cities that are desolate; and I will disperse Egypt among the nations, and will utterly scatter them into the countries. 13Thus says the Lord: After forty years I will gather the Egyptians from the nations among whom they have been scattered; 14and I will turn the captivity of the Egyptians, and will cause them to dwell in the land of Pathros, in the land from where they were taken; 15and it shall be a lowly kingdom beyond all other kingdoms; it shall not anymore be exalted over the nations; and I will make them few in number, that they may not be great among the nations. 16And they shall no more be to the house of Israel a confidence bringing iniquity to remembrance, when they follow after them; and they shall know that I am the Lord. 17And it came to pass in the twenty-seventh year, on the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 18Son of man, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon caused his army to serve a great service against Tyre; every head was bald, and every shoulder peeled; yet there was no reward to him or to his army serving against Tyre, nor for the service which they served against it. 19Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will give to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon the land of Egypt, and he shall take the plunder thereof, and seize the spoils thereof; and it shall be a reward for his army. 20In return for his service in which he served against Tyre, I have given him the land of Egypt; thus says the Lord God: 21In that day shall a horn spring forth for all the house of Israel, and I will give you an open mouth in the midst of them; and they shall know that I am the Lord.
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