Ezekiel 29

Judgment of Egypt

1In the a  tenth year, in the tenth month, on the twelfth of the month, the word of the  Lord came to me saying, 2Son of man, set your face against b  Pharaoh king of Egypt and prophesy against him and against all c  Egypt. 3Speak and say, ‘Thus says the Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord , and so throughout the ch
 God, Behold, I am against you, Pharaoh king of Egypt,
The great
Lit tannim
,
f  monster that lies in the midst of his
Or Nile
rivers,
That h  has said, ‘My Nile is mine, and I myself have made it.’
4I will put i  hooks in your jaws
And make the fish of your
Or Nile
rivers cling to your scales.
And I will bring you up out of the midst of your
Or Nile
rivers,
And all the fish of your
Or Nile
rivers will cling to your scales.
5“I will m  abandon you to the wilderness, you and all the fish of your
Or Nile
rivers;
You will fall on the
Lit faces of the field
open field; you will not be brought together or
Or with several mss and Targum, buried
,
q  gathered.
I have given you for r  food to the beasts of the earth and to the birds of the sky.
6Then all the inhabitants of Egypt will know that I am the  Lord,
Because they have been only a s  staff made of reed to the house of Israel.
7When they took hold of you with the hand,
You t  broke and tore all their
So with some ancient versions; M.T. shoulders
hands;
And when they leaned on you,
You broke and made all their loins
Lit stand
quake.”

8Therefore thus says the Lord  God, “Behold, I will w  bring upon you a sword and I will cut off from you man and beast. 9“The x  land of Egypt will become a desolation and waste. Then they will know that I am the  Lord.

Because
Lit he
you z  said, ‘The Nile is mine, and I have made it,’
10therefore, behold, I am aa  against you and against your
Or Nile
rivers, and I will make the land of Egypt an utter waste and desolation, from Migdol to Syene and even to the border of
Lit Cush
Ethiopia.
11A man’s foot will ad  not pass through it, and the foot of a beast will not pass through it, and it will not be inhabited for forty years. 12So I will make the land of Egypt a desolation in the ae  midst of desolated lands. And her cities, in the midst of cities that are laid waste, will be desolate forty years; and I will af  scatter the Egyptians among the nations and disperse them among the lands.”

13For thus says the Lord  God, “At the end of forty years I will ag  gather the Egyptians from the peoples
Lit where
among whom they were scattered.
14I will turn the fortunes of Egypt and make them return to the land of ai  Pathros, to the land of their origin, and there they will be a lowly kingdom. 15“It will be the aj  lowest of the kingdoms, and it will never again lift itself up above the nations. And I will make them so small that they will not ak  rule over the nations. 16And it will never again be the al  confidence of the house of Israel,
Lit causing to remember
,
an  bringing to mind the iniquity of their having turned
Lit after them
to Egypt. Then they will know that I am the Lord  God.”’”

17Now in the ap  twenty-seventh year, in the first month, on the first of the month, the word of the  Lord came to me saying, 18Son of man, aq  Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon made his army labor
Lit a great labor
hard against Tyre; every head was made as  bald and every shoulder was rubbed bare. But he and his army had no wages from Tyre for the labor that he had
Lit labored
performed against it.”
19Therefore thus says the Lord  God, “Behold, I au  will give the land of Egypt to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. And he will carry off her
Or multitude
,
aw  wealth and capture her spoil and seize her plunder; and it will be wages for his army.
20I have given him the land of Egypt for his labor which he
Lit labored
,
ay  performed, because they acted for Me,” declares the Lord  God.

21On that day I will make a az  horn sprout for the house of Israel, and I will
Lit give you an opening of the mouth
,
bb  open your mouth in their midst. Then they will know that I am the  Lord.”
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