It was the 12th year since King Jehoiachin had been brought to Babylon as a prisoner. On the first day of the 12th month, a message came to me from the Lord. He said,
"Son of man, sing a song of sadness about Pharaoh Hophra, the king of Egypt. Tell him, " 'You are like a lion among the nations. You are like a monster in the sea. You move around wildly in your rivers. You churn the water with your feet. You make the streams muddy.' "
The LORD and King says, "I will use a large crowd of people to throw my net over you. They will pull you up in it.
Then I will throw you on the land. I will toss you into an open field. I will let all of the birds of the air settle on you. I will let all of the wild animals eat you up.
I will scatter the parts of your body all over the mountains. I will fill the valleys with your remains.
I will soak the land with your blood. It will flow all the way to the mountains. The valleys will be filled with the parts of your body.
When I wipe you out, I will put a cover over the heavens. I will darken the stars. I will cover the sun with a cloud. The moon will stop shining.
I will darken all of the bright lights in the sky above you. I will bring darkness over your land," announces the LORD and King.
"The hearts of many people will be troubled. That is because I will destroy you among the nations. You had never known anything about those lands before.
Many nations will be shocked when they see what has happened to you. Their kings will tremble with fear when they find out about it. I will get ready to use Nebuchadnezzar as my sword against them. On the day you fall from power, each of the kings will tremble with fear. Each will be afraid he is the next to die."
The LORD and King says, "I will send against you the sword of the king of Babylonia.
I will destroy your huge army. They will be killed with the swords of Babylonia's mighty soldiers. The soldiers will not show them any pity. They will bring Egypt down in all of its pride. Its huge armies will be thrown down.
I will destroy all of its cattle from the places where they have plenty of water. Human feet will never stir the water up again. The hoofs of cattle will not make it muddy anymore.
I will let the waters of Egypt settle. I will make its streams flow like olive oil," announces the LORD and King.
"I will turn Egypt into an empty land. I will strip away everything in it. I will strike down everyone who lives there. Then they will know that I am the Lord.
"That is the song of sadness people will sing about Egypt. Women from other nations will sing it. They will sob over Egypt and its huge armies," announces the LORD and King.