All the greenery along the riverbank
and all the crops along the river
will dry up and blow away.
The fishermen will lament for lack of work.
Those who cast hooks into the Nile will groan,
and those who use nets will lose heart.
There will be no flax for the harvesters,
no thread for the weavers.
They will be in despair,
and all the workers will be sick at heart.
What fools are the officials of Zoan!
Their best counsel to the king of Egypt is stupid and wrong.
Will they still boast to Pharaoh of their wisdom?
Will they dare brag about all their wise ancestors?