A Lament for Egypt
1The word of the Lord came to me: 2#See ch. 2:1 “Son of man, prophesy, and say, Thus says the Lord God:
# See Isa. 13:6 “Wail, ‘Alas for the day!’
3 # [See ver. 2 above] For the day is near,
# ch. 7:7, 12; Joel 1:15; 2:1; Zeph. 1:7 the day of the Lord is near;
it will be #ch. 34:12a day of clouds,
a time of doom for#30:3 Hebrew lacks doom for the nations.
4 # ch. 29:8 A sword shall come upon Egypt,
# [Isa. 21:3] and anguish shall be in #[Isa. 43:3] Cush,
when the slain fall in Egypt,
and #ch. 29:19 her wealth#30:4 Or multitude; also verse 10 is carried away,
and #[ver. 6]her foundations are torn down.
5 # [See ver. 4 above] Cush, and #See ch. 27:10 Put, and Lud, and #See Jer. 25:20all Arabia, and Libya,#30:5 With Septuagint; Hebrew Cub and the people of the land that is in league,#30:5 Hebrew and the sons of the land of the covenant shall fall with them by the sword.
6“Thus says the Lord:
# [ch. 32:21] Those who support Egypt shall fall,
and #ver. 18; [ch. 33:28] her proud might shall come down;
# ch. 29:10 from Migdol to Syene
they shall fall within her by the sword,
declares the Lord God.
7 # ch. 29:12 And they shall be desolated in the midst of desolated countries,
and their cities shall be in the midst of cities that are laid waste.
8 # ch. 29:6; See ch. 6:7 Then they will know that I am the Lord,
when #[ch. 28:18] I have set fire to Egypt,
and #[See ver. 6 above]all her helpers are broken.
9“On that day #[Isa. 18:1, 2] messengers shall go out from me in ships to terrify the unsuspecting #[See ver. 4 above] people of Cush, and #[See ver. 4 above]anguish shall come upon them on the day of Egypt’s doom;#30:9 Hebrew the day of Egypt for, behold, it comes!
10“Thus says the Lord God:
# See ch. 29:19 “I will put an end to the wealth of Egypt,
by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.
11He and his people with him, #See ch. 28:7 the most ruthless of nations,
shall be brought in to destroy the land,
# [See ver. 4 above] and they shall draw their swords against Egypt
and fill the land with the slain.
12And #Isa. 19:5, 6; [ch. 29:10] I will #[ch. 29:3] dry up the Nile
and will sell the land into the hand of #[Isa. 19:4] evildoers;
# [ch. 29:10] I will bring desolation upon the land and everything in it,
by the hand of #See ch. 28:7 foreigners;
# See ch. 17:24 I am the Lord; I have spoken.
13“Thus says the Lord God:
# See Jer. 43:12 “I will destroy the idols
and put an end to the images in #Isa. 19:13 Memphis;
# [ch. 29:15; Zech. 10:11] there shall no longer be a prince from the land of Egypt;
so #[Isa. 19:16]I will put fear in the land of Egypt.
14I will make #ch. 29:14; See Isa. 11:11 Pathros a desolation
and will set fire to #See Num. 13:22 Zoan
# ver. 19 and will execute judgments on #Jer. 46:25Thebes.
15And I will pour out my wrath on Pelusium,
the stronghold of Egypt,
and cut off the multitude#30:15 Or wealth of Thebes.
16And I will set fire to Egypt;
Pelusium shall be in great agony;
Thebes shall be breached,
and #[See ver. 13 above]Memphis shall face enemies#30:16 Or distress by day.
17The young men of On and of Pi-beseth shall fall by the sword,
and the women#30:17 Or the cities; Hebrew they shall go into captivity.
18At #See Jer. 2:16 Tehaphnehes #[Jer. 15:9; Amos 8:9] the day shall be dark,
when I break there the yoke bars of Egypt,
and #ver. 6her proud might shall come to an end in her;
she shall be covered by a cloud,
and her daughters shall go into captivity.
19Thus #ver. 14 I will execute judgments on Egypt.
# See ch. 6:7 Then they will know that I am the Lord.”
Egypt Shall Fall to Babylon
20 # See ch. 20:1 In the eleventh year, in the first month, on the seventh day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me: 21#See ch. 2:1 “Son of man, #[Jer. 48:25] I have broken the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and behold, #[Jer. 30:13; 46:11]it has not been bound up, to heal it by binding it with a bandage, so that it may become strong to wield the sword. 22Therefore thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against Pharaoh king of Egypt and #See ver. 21will break his arms, both the strong arm and the one that was broken, and I will make the sword fall from his hand. 23#ch. 29:12I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations and disperse them through the countries. 24And #ver. 10 I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon and put #See ch. 21:3 my sword in his hand, but I will break the arms of Pharaoh, and he will groan before him #Job 24:12like a man mortally wounded. 25I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, but the arms of Pharaoh shall fall. #See ch. 6:7 Then they shall know that I am the Lord, #[ver. 8]when I put my sword into the hand of the king of Babylon and he stretches it out against the land of Egypt. 26And I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations and disperse them throughout the countries. Then they will know that I am the Lord.”