Message to Egypt1 The ▼
▼ Or burden of, b oracle concerning c Egypt. Behold, the Lord is d riding on a swift cloud and is about to come to Egypt;
The e idols of Egypt will tremble at His presence,
And the f heart of the Egyptians will melt within them.
2 “So I will incite Egyptians against Egyptians;
And they will g each fight against his brother and each against his neighbor,
City against city and kingdom against kingdom.
3 “Then the spirit of the Egyptians will be demoralized within them;
And I will confound their strategy,
So that h they will resort to idols and ghosts of the dead
And to ▼
▼ Or ghosts and spiritsmediums and spiritists.
4 “Moreover, I will deliver the Egyptians into the hand of a j cruel master,
And a ▼
▼ Or fiercemighty king will rule over them,” declares the Lord ▼
▼ Heb YHWH, usually rendered LordGod of hosts.
5 m The waters from the sea will dry up,
And the river will be parched and dry.
6 The ▼
▼ Lit rivers, o canals will emit a stench,
▼ Or Nile branches; i.e. the delta, q streams of Egypt will thin out and dry up;
r The reeds and rushes will rot away.
7 The bulrushes by the s Nile, by the ▼
▼ Or mouthedge of the Nile
And all the sown fields by the Nile
Will become dry, be driven away, and be no more.
8 And the u fishermen will lament,
And all those who cast a ▼
▼ Lit hookline into the Nile will mourn,
And those who spread nets on the waters will ▼
▼ Or languishpine away.
9 Moreover, the manufacturers of linen made from combed flax
And the weavers of white x cloth will be ▼
▼ Lit ashamedutterly dejected.
10 And ▼
▼ Lit her pillars or, her weaversthe aa pillars of Egypt will be crushed;
All the hired laborers will be grieved in soul.
11 The princes of ▼
▼ Or Tanis, ac Zoan are mere fools;
The advice of Pharaoh’s wisest advisers has become ▼
▼ Or brutishstupid.
How can you men say to Pharaoh,
“I am a son of the ae wise, a son of ancient kings”?
12 Well then, where are your wise men?
Please let them tell you,
And let them ▼
▼ Or knowunderstand what the Lord of hosts
Has ag purposed against Egypt.
13 The princes of ▼
▼ Or TanisZoan have acted foolishly,
The princes of ai Memphis are deluded;
Those who are the aj cornerstone of her tribes
▼ Or have caused Egypt to staggerled Egypt astray.
14 The Lord has mixed within her a spirit of al distortion;
am They have led Egypt astray in all ▼
▼ Lit its workthat it does,
As a ao drunken man ▼
▼ Or goes astraystaggers in his vomit.
15 There will be no work for Egypt
aq Which its head or tail, its palm branch or bulrush, may do.
16 In that day the Egyptians will become like women, and they will tremble and be in ar dread because of the as waving of the hand of the Lord of hosts, which He is going to wave over them. 17 The land of Judah will become a ▼
▼ Or cause of shameterror to Egypt; everyone ▼
▼ Lit who mentions it will be in dread to itto whom it is mentioned will be in dread of it, because of the av purpose of the Lord of hosts which He is purposing against them. 18 In that day five cities in the land of Egypt will be speaking the language of Canaan and aw swearing allegiance to the Lord of hosts; one will be called the City of ▼
▼ Some ancient mss and versions read the SunDestruction. 19 In that day there will be an ay altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a az pillar to the Lord near its border. 20 It will become a sign and a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the Lord because of oppressors, and He will send them a ba Savior and a ▼
▼ Lit Mighty One, bc Champion, and He will deliver them. 21 Thus the Lord will make Himself known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the Lord in that day. They will even worship with bd sacrifice and offering, and will make a vow to the Lord and perform it. 22 The Lord will strike Egypt, striking but be healing; so they will bf return to the Lord, and He will respond to them and will heal them. 23 In that day there will be a bg highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrians will come into Egypt and the Egyptians into Assyria, and the Egyptians will bh worship with the Assyrians. 24 In that day Israel will be the third party with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, 25 whom the Lord of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed is bi Egypt My people, and Assyria bj the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.”
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