Jeremiah 46

Defeat of Pharaoh Foretold

1That which came as the word of the  Lord to Jeremiah the prophet a  concerning the nations.

2To b  Egypt, concerning the army of c  Pharaoh Neco king of Egypt, which was by the Euphrates River at d  Carchemish, which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon defeated in the e  fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah: 3 f  Line up the shield and
I.e. small shield
And draw near for the battle!
4Harness the horses,
Or go up, you horsemen
mount the steeds,
And take your stand with helmets on!
i  Polish the spears,
Put on the j  scale-armor!
5Why have I seen it?
They are terrified,
They are k  drawing back,
And their l  mighty men are defeated
And have taken refuge in flight,
Without facing back;
Heb Magor-missabib; i.e. Terror is on every side
n  Terror is on every side!”
Declares the  Lord.
6Let not the o  swift man flee,
Nor the mighty man escape;
In the north beside the river Euphrates
They have p  stumbled and fallen.
7Who is this that q  rises like the Nile,
Like the rivers whose waters surge about?
8Egypt rises like the Nile,
Even like the rivers whose waters surge about;
And He has said, “I will r  rise and cover that land;
I will surely s  destroy the city and its inhabitants.”
9Go up, you horses, and
Lit act like madmen
u  drive madly, you chariots,
That the mighty men may
Lit go forth
march forward:
Ethiopia and
I.e. Libya (or Somaliland)
x  Put, that handle the shield,
And the
Heb Ludim
z  Lydians, that handle and bend the bow.
10For aa  that day belongs to the Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord
 God of hosts,
A day of ac  vengeance, so as to avenge Himself on His foes;
And the ad  sword will devour and be satiated
Lit be saturated with
drink its fill of their blood;
For there will be a af  slaughter for the Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord
 God of hosts,
In the land of the north by the river Euphrates.
11Go ah  up to Gilead and obtain balm,
ai  O virgin daughter of Egypt!
In vain have you multiplied
Lit healings
There is ak  no healing for you.
12The nations have heard of your al  shame,
And the earth is full of your am  cry of distress;
For one an  warrior has stumbled over
Lit warrior
And both of them have fallen down together.

13 This is the
Lit word
message which the  Lord spoke to Jeremiah the prophet about the aq  coming of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon to ar  smite the land of Egypt:
14Declare in Egypt and proclaim in as  Migdol,
Proclaim also in Memphis and at  Tahpanhes;
Say, ‘Take your stand and get yourself ready,
For the au  sword has devoured those around you.’
15Why have your av  mighty ones become prostrate?
They do not stand because the  Lord has aw  thrust them down.
16They have repeatedly ax  stumbled;
Indeed, they have fallen one against another.
Then they said, ‘Get up! And ay  let us go back
To our own people and our native land
Away from the
Lit oppressing sword
ba  sword of the oppressor.’
Some ancient versions read Call the name of Pharaoh a big noise
They cried there, ‘Pharaoh king of Egypt is but bc  a big noise;
He has let the appointed time pass by!’
18As I live,” declares the bd  King
Whose name is the  Lord of hosts,
Surely one shall come who looms up like be  Tabor among the mountains,
Or like bf  Carmel by the sea.
19Make your baggage ready for bg  exile,
O bh  daughter dwelling in Egypt,
For bi  Memphis will become a desolation;
It will even be burned down and
Lit without
bereft of inhabitants.
20Egypt is a pretty bk  heifer,
But a
Or possibly mosquito
horsefly is coming bm  from the northit is coming!
21Also her bn  mercenaries in her midst
Are like
Lit of the stall
fattened bp  calves,
For even they too have turned back and have fled away together;
They did not stand their ground.
For the day of their calamity has come upon them,
The time of their bq  punishment.
22Its sound moves along like a serpent;
For they move on
Or in force
like an army
And come to her as woodcutters with axes.
23They have cut down her bs  forest,” declares the  Lord;
Surely it will no more be found,
Even though
I.e. trees of the forest, the Egyptians
they are now more numerous than bu  locusts
And are without number.
24The daughter of Egypt has been put to shame,
Given over to the
Lit hand
power of the bw  people of the north.”

25The  Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, says, “Behold, I am going to punish Amon of bx  Thebes, and by  Pharaoh, and Egypt along with her bz  gods and her kings, even Pharaoh and those who ca  trust in him. 26I shall give them over to the
Lit hand
power of those who are cc  seeking their lives, even into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and into the hand of his
Lit servants
officers. ce  Afterwards, however, it will be inhabited as in the days of old,” declares the  Lord.
27But as for you, O Jacob My servant cf  do not fear,
Nor be dismayed, O Israel!
For, see, I am going to cg  save you from afar,
And your descendants from the land of their captivity;
And Jacob will return and be ch  undisturbed
And secure, with no one making him tremble.
28O Jacob My servant, do not fear,” declares the  Lord,
“For ci  I am with you.
For I will make a full end of all the nations
Where I have driven you,
Yet I will cj  not make a full end of you;
But I will ck  correct you properly
And by no means leave you unpunished.”

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