13 The word that the Lord spoke to the prophet Jeremiah about the coming of King Nebuchadrezzar of Babylon to attack the land of Egypt:
proclaim in Memphis and Tahpanhes;
Say, “Take your stations and be ready,
for the sword shall devour those around you.”
15 Why has Apis fled?c
Why did your bull not stand?
—because the Lord thrust him down.
16 Your multitude stumbledd and fell,
and one said to another,e
“Come, let us go back to our own people
and to the land of our birth,
because of the destroying sword.”
“Braggart who missed his chance.”
whose name is the Lord of hosts,
one is coming
like Tabor among the mountains,
and like Carmel by the sea.
sheltered daughter Egypt!
For Memphis shall become a waste,
a ruin, without inhabitant.
a gadfly from the north lights upon her.
are like fatted calves;
they too have turned and fled together,
they did not stand;
for the day of their calamity has come upon them,
the time of their punishment.
for her enemies march in force,
and come against her with axes,
like those who fell trees.
says the Lord,
though it is impenetrable,
because they are more numerous
they are without number.
she shall be handed over to a people from the north.
25 The Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, said: See, I am bringing punishment upon Amon of Thebes, and Pharaoh, and Egypt and her gods and her kings, upon Pharaoh and those who trust in him. 26 I will hand them over to those who seek their life, to King Nebuchadrezzar of Babylon and his officers. Afterward Egypt shall be inhabited as in the days of old, says the Lord.
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