The Judgment on Egypt1 [This is] the word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the nations. 2 To Egypt, concerning the army of Pharaoh Neco king of Egypt, which was defeated at Carchemish on the Euphrates River by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah: 3 “Deploy your shields, small and large, and advance for battle! 4 Harness the horses; mount the steeds; take your positions with helmets on! Polish your spears; put on armor! 5 Why am I seeing this? They are terrified, they are retreating, their warriors are defeated, they flee in haste, they never look back, terror is on every side! declares the LORD. 6 The swift cannot flee, and the warrior cannot escape! In the north by the River Euphrates they stumble and fall. 7 Who is this, rising like the Nile, like rivers whose waters churn? 8 Egypt rises like the Nile, and its waters churn like rivers, boasting, “I will rise and cover the earth; I will destroy the cities and their people.” 9 Advance, O horses! Race furiously, O chariots! Let the warriors come forth— Cush ▼
▼ That is, the upper Nile regionand Put carrying their shields, men of Lydia drawing the bow. 10 That day belongs to the Lord, the GOD of Hosts, a day of vengeance to avenge Himself against His foes. The sword will devour until it is satisfied, until it is quenched with their blood. For it will be a sacrifice to the Lord, the GOD of Hosts, in the land of the north by the River Euphrates. 11 Go up to Gilead [for] balm, O Virgin Daughter of Egypt! In vain you multiply remedies; there is no healing for you. 12 The nations have heard of your shame, and your outcry fills the earth, because warrior stumbles over warrior and both of them have fallen together.” 13 This is the word that the LORD spoke to Jeremiah the prophet about the coming of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon to strike the land of Egypt: 14 “Announce it in Egypt, and proclaim it in Migdol; proclaim it in Memphis and Tahpanhes: ‘Take your positions and prepare yourself, for the sword devours those around you.’ 15 Why have your warriors been laid low? They cannot stand, for the LORD has thrust them down. 16 They continue to stumble. Indeed, [they] have fallen over one another. They say, ‘Get up! Let us return to our people and to the land of our birth, away from the sword of the oppressor.’ 17 There they will proclaim, ‘Pharaoh king of Egypt was all noise; he has let the appointed time pass him by.’ 18 As surely as I live, declares the King, whose name is the LORD of Hosts, will come one like Tabor among the mountains and like Carmel by the sea. 19 Pack your bags for exile, O daughter dwelling in Egypt! For Memphis will be laid waste, destroyed and uninhabited. 20 Egypt is a beautiful heifer, but a gadfly from the north is coming against her. 21 Even the mercenaries among her are like fattened calves. They too will turn back; together they will flee; they will not stand their ground, for the day of their calamity is coming upon them— the time of their punishment. 22 Egypt will hiss like a slithering snake, for the enemy will advance in force; with axes they will come against her like woodsmen cutting down trees. 23 They will chop down her forest, declares the LORD, dense though it may be, for they are more numerous than locusts; they cannot be counted. 24 The Daughter of Egypt will be put to shame, handed over to the people of the north.” 25 The LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: “Behold, I am about to punish Amon god of Thebes, along with Pharaoh, Egypt and her gods and kings, and those who trust in Pharaoh. 26 I will hand them over to those who seek their lives— to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and his officers. But after this, [Egypt] will be inhabited again as in ancient times, declares the LORD. 27 But you, O Jacob My servant, do not be afraid, and do not be dismayed, O Israel, for surely I will save you from a distant place, and your descendants from the land of their captivity! Jacob will return and be undisturbed and secure, with no one to make him afraid. 28 And you, My servant Jacob, do not be afraid, declares the LORD, for I will be with you. I will bring destruction on all the nations to which I have banished you, but I will not make a full end [of you] . I will discipline you, but with justice; I will by no means leave you unpunished.”
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