Ezekiel 30

Lament over Egypt

1The word of the  Lord came again to me saying, 2Son of man, prophesy and say, ‘Thus says the Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord , and so throughout the ch
 God, b  Wail, ‘Alas for the day!’
3For the day is near,
Even c  the day of the  Lord is near;
It will be a day of d  clouds,
A time of doom for the nations.
4A sword will come upon Egypt,
And anguish will be in
Lit Cush
Ethiopia;
When the slain fall in Egypt,
They f  take away her
Or multitude
wealth,
And her foundations are torn down.

5
Lit Cush
Ethiopia, Put, Lud, all
Or the mixed people
,
j  Arabia
Or Cub
Libya and the
Lit sons
people of the land
Lit of the covenant
that is in league will fall with them by the sword.”
6Thus says the  Lord,
Indeed, those who support n  Egypt will fall
And the pride of her power will come down;
From Migdol to Syene
They will fall within her by the sword,”
Declares the Lord  God.
7They will be desolate
In the o  midst of the desolated lands;
And her cities will be
In the midst of the devastated cities.
8“And they will p  know that I am the  Lord,
When I set a q  fire in Egypt
And all her helpers are broken.

9On that day r  messengers will go forth from Me in ships to frighten s  secure
Lit Cush
Ethiopia; and u  anguish will be on them as on the day of Egypt; for behold, it comes!”

10Thus says the Lord  God, v  “I will also make the
Or people; lit crowd, and so throughout the ch
hordes of Egypt cease
By the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.
11He and his people with him,
x  The most ruthless of the nations,
Will be brought in to destroy the land;
And they will draw their swords against Egypt
And fill the land with the slain.
12Moreover, I will make the y  Nile canals dry
And z  sell the land into the hands of evil men.
And I will make the land desolate
And
Lit her fullness
all that is in it,
By the hand of strangers; I the  Lord have spoken.”

13Thus says the Lord  God, “I will also ab  destroy the idols
And make the
Or futile ones
images cease from
Or Noph
,
ae  Memphis.
And there will no longer be a prince in the land of Egypt;
And I will put fear in the land of Egypt.
14I will make af  Pathros desolate,
Set a fire in ag  Zoan
And execute judgments on
Or No
,
ai  Thebes.
15I will pour out My wrath on
Or Pelusium
Sin,
The stronghold of Egypt;
I will also cut off the hordes of
Or No
Thebes.
16I will set a fire in Egypt;
Or Pelusium
Sin will writhe in anguish,
Or No
Thebes will be breached
And
Or Noph
Memphis will have
Or adversaries
distresses daily.
17The young men of
Or Aven
,
aq  On and of Pi-beseth
Will fall by the sword,
And
Lit they
the women will go into captivity.
18“In as  Tehaphnehes the day will
So with many mss and ancient versions; M.T. restrain
be au  dark
When I av  break there the yoke bars of Egypt.
Then the pride of her power will cease in her;
A cloud will cover her,
And her daughters will go into captivity.
19“Thus I will aw  execute judgments on Egypt,
And they will know that I am the  Lord.”’”

Victory for Babylon

20In the ax  eleventh year, in the first month, on the seventh of the month, the word of the  Lord came to me saying, 21Son of man, I have ay  broken the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and, behold, it has not been az  bound up
Lit to give healing
for healing
Lit to put a bandage, to wrap it
or wrapped with a bandage, that it may be strong to hold the sword.
22Therefore thus says the Lord  God, ‘Behold, I am bc  against Pharaoh king of Egypt and will break his arms, both the strong and the bd  broken; and I will make the sword be  fall from his hand. 23‘I will bf  scatter the Egyptians among the nations and disperse them among the lands. 24‘For I will bg  strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon and put bh  My sword in his hand; and I will break the arms of Pharaoh, so that he will groan before him with the groanings of a wounded man. 25Thus I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, but the arms of Pharaoh will fall. Then they will know that I am the  Lord, when I put My sword into the hand of the king of Babylon and he bi  stretches it out against the land of Egypt. 26When I scatter the Egyptians among the nations and disperse them among the lands, then they will know that I am the  Lord.’”
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