An Oracle Concerning Egypt1An a oracle concerning b Egypt. Behold, the Lord c is riding on a swift cloud
and comes to Egypt;
and d the idols of Egypt will tremble at his presence,
and the heart of the Egyptians will e melt within them.
2And I will stir up Egyptians against Egyptians,
f and they will fight, each against another
and each against his neighbor,
city against city, kingdom against kingdom;
3and the spirit of the Egyptians within them will be emptied out,
and I will confound ▼
▼Or I will swallow uptheir h counsel;
and they will inquire of the idols and the sorcerers,
and i the mediums and the necromancers;
4and I will give over the Egyptians
into the hand of j a hard master,
and a fierce king will rule over them,
declares the Lord God of hosts.
5 And the waters of the sea will be dried up,
and the river will be dry and parched,
6and its canals will become foul,
and the branches of Egypt’s Nile will diminish and dry up,
reeds and rushes will rot away.
7There will be bare places by the Nile,
on the brink of the Nile,
and all that is sown by the Nile will be parched,
will be driven away, and will be no more.
8The k fishermen will mourn and lament,
all who cast a hook in the Nile;
and they will languish
who spread nets on the water.
9The workers in l combed flax will be in despair,
and the weavers of white cotton.
10Those who are the m pillars of the land will be crushed,
and all who n work for pay will be grieved.
11 The princes of o Zoan are utterly foolish;
the wisest counselors of Pharaoh give stupid counsel.
How can you say to Pharaoh,
“I am a son of the wise,
a son of ancient kings”?
12Where then are your p wise men?
Let them tell you
that they might know what the Lord of hosts has purposed against Egypt.
13The princes of q Zoan have become fools,
and the princes of r Memphis are deluded;
those who are the s cornerstones of her tribes
have made Egypt stagger.
14The Lord has mingled within her t a spirit of confusion,
and they will make Egypt stagger in all its deeds,
u as a drunken man staggers in his vomit.
15And there will be nothing for Egypt
that v head or tail, palm branch or reed, may do.
Egypt, Assyria, Israel Blessed16In that day the Egyptians will be w like women, and x tremble with fear before the hand that the Lord of hosts shakes over them. 17And the land of Judah will become a terror to the Egyptians. Everyone to whom it is mentioned will fear because of the purpose that the Lord of hosts has purposed against them.
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