Behold, the Lord is riding on a swift cloud
and comes to Egypt;
and the idols of Egypt will tremble at his presence,
and the heart of the Egyptians will melt within them.
and they will fight, every man against his brother
and every man against his neighbor,
city against city, kingdom against kingdom;
and I will confound their plans;
and they will consult the idols and the sorcerers,
and the mediums and the wizards;
into the hand of a hard master;
and a fierce king will rule over them,
says the Lord, the Lord of hosts.
and the river will be parched and dry;
and the branches of Egypt’s Nile will diminish and dry up,
reeds and rushes will rot away.
on the brink of the Nile,
and all that is sown by the Nile will dry up,
be driven away, and be no more.
all who cast hook in the Nile;
and they will languish
who spread nets upon the water.
and the weavers of white cotton.
and all who work for hire will be grieved.
the wise counselors of Pharaoh give stupid counsel.
How can you say to Pharaoh,
“I am a son of the wise,
a son of ancient kings”?
Let them tell you and make known what the Lord of hosts has purposed against Egypt.
and the princes of Memphis are deluded;
those who are the cornerstones of her tribes
have led Egypt astray.
and they have made Egypt stagger in all her doings
as a drunken man staggers in his vomit.
which head or tail, palm branch or reed, may do.
16 In that day the Egyptians will be like women, and tremble with fear before the hand which the Lord of hosts shakes over them. 17 And the land of Judah will become a terror to the Egyptians; every one to whom it is mentioned will fear because of the purpose which the Lord of hosts has purposed against them.
19 In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord at its border. 20 It will be a sign and a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt; when they cry to the Lord because of oppressors he will send them a savior, and will defend and deliver them. 21 And the Lord will make himself known to the Egyptians; and the Egyptians will know the Lord in that day and worship with sacrifice and burnt offering, and they will make vows to the Lord and perform them. 22 And the Lord will smite Egypt, smiting and healing, and they will return to the Lord, and he will heed their supplications and heal them.
24 In that day Israel will be the third with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, 25 whom the Lord of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my heritage.”
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This edition of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible has been prepared for use by Catholics by a committee of the Catholic Biblical Association of Great Britain. It is an authorized revision of the American Standard Version, published in 1901.
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