Isaiah 19

Message to Egypt

1The
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.
2So 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.
3Then 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 spirits
mediums and spiritists.
4Moreover, I will deliver the Egyptians into the hand of a j  cruel master,
And a
Or fierce
mighty king will rule over them,” declares the Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord
 God of hosts.

5 m  The waters from the sea will dry up,
And the river will be parched and dry.
6The
Lit rivers
,
o  canals will emit a stench,
The
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.
7The bulrushes by the s  Nile, by the
Or mouth
edge of the Nile
And all the sown fields by the Nile
Will become dry, be driven away, and be no more.
8And the u  fishermen will lament,
And all those who cast a
Lit hook
line into the Nile will mourn,
And those who spread nets on the waters will
Or languish
pine away.
9Moreover, the manufacturers of linen made from combed flax
And the weavers of white x  cloth will be
Lit ashamed
utterly dejected.
10And
Lit her pillars or, her weavers
the aa  pillars of Egypt will be crushed;
All the hired laborers will be grieved in soul.

11The princes of
Or Tanis
,
ac  Zoan are mere fools;
The advice of Pharaoh’s wisest advisers has become
Or brutish
stupid.
How can you men say to Pharaoh,
I am a son of the ae  wise, a son of ancient kings”?
12Well then, where are your wise men?
Please let them tell you,
And let them
Or know
understand what the  Lord of hosts
Has ag  purposed against Egypt.
13The princes of
Or Tanis
Zoan have acted foolishly,
The princes of ai  Memphis are deluded;
Those who are the aj  cornerstone of her tribes
Have
Or have caused Egypt to stagger
led Egypt astray.
14The  Lord has mixed within her a spirit of al  distortion;
am  They have led Egypt astray in all
Lit its work
that it does,
As a ao  drunken man
Or goes astray
staggers in his vomit.
15There will be no work for Egypt
aq  Which its head or tail, its palm branch or bulrush, may do.

16In 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. 17The land of Judah will become a
Or cause of shame
terror to Egypt; everyone
Lit who mentions it will be in dread to it
to 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.

18In 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 Sun
Destruction.

19In 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. 20It 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.
21Thus 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. 22The  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.

23In 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.

24In that day Israel will be the third party with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, 25whom 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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