“ ‘Wailj and say,
“Alas for that day!”
3 For the day is near,k
the day of the Lordl is near—
a day of clouds,
a time of doom for the nations.
4 A sword will come against Egypt,m
When the slain fall in Egypt,
her wealth will be carried away
and her foundations torn down.o
“ ‘The allies of Egypt will fall
and her proud strength will fail.
From Migdol to Aswant
they will fall by the sword within her,
declares the Sovereign Lord.
among desolate lands,
and their cities will lie
among ruined cities.u
when I set firev to Egypt
and all her helpers are crushed.w
“ ‘I will put an end to the hordes of Egypt
11 He and his army—the most ruthless of nationsc—
will be brought in to destroy the land.
They will draw their swords against Egypt
and fill the land with the slain.d
and sell the land to an evil nation;
by the hand of foreigners
I will lay wasteg the land and everything in it.
I the Lord have spoken.
“ ‘I will destroy the idolsh
and put an end to the images in Memphis.i
No longer will there be a prince in Egypt,j
and I will spread fear throughout the land.
14 I will layk waste Upper Egypt,
set fire to Zoanl
and inflict punishment on Thebes.m
the stronghold of Egypt,
and wipe out the hordes of Thebes.
16 I will set firen to Egypt;
Pelusium will writhe in agony.
Thebes will be taken by storm;
Memphiso will be in constant distress.
17 The young men of Heliopolisp and Bubastis
will fall by the sword,
and the cities themselves will go into captivity.
18 Dark will be the day at Tahpanhesq
when I break the yoke of Egypt;r
there her proud strength will come to an end.
She will be covered with clouds,
and her villages will go into captivity.s
19 So I will inflict punishmentt on Egypt,
and they will know that I am the Lord.’ ”
20 In the eleventh year, in the first month on the seventh day, the word of the Lord came to me:u 21 “Son of man, I have broken the armv of Pharaohw king of Egypt. It has not been bound up to be healedx or put in a splint so that it may become strong enough to hold a sword. 22 Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against Pharaoh king of Egypt.y I will break both his arms, the good arm as well as the broken one, and make the sword fall from his hand.z 23 I will disperse the Egyptians among the nations and scatter them through the countries.a 24 I will strengthenb the arms of the king of Babylon and put my swordc in his hand, but I will break the arms of Pharaoh, and he will groand before him like a mortally wounded man. 25 I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, but the arms of Pharaoh will fall limp. Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I put my sworde into the hand of the king of Babylon and he brandishes it against Egypt.f 26 I will disperse the Egyptians among the nations and scatter them through the countries. Then they will know that I am the Lord.g”
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