On March 3, a during the twelfth year of King Jehoiachin's captivity, this message came to me from the LORD:
"Son of man, mourn for Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and give him this message: You think of yourself as a strong young lion among the nations, but you are really just a sea monster, heaving around in your own rivers, stirring up mud with your feet.
"Therefore, this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will send many people to catch you in my net and haul you out of the water.
I will leave you stranded on the land to die. All the birds of the heavens will land on you, and the wild animals of the whole earth will gorge themselves on you.
I will cover the hills with your flesh and fill the valleys with your bones.
I will drench the earth with your gushing blood all the way to the mountains, filling the ravines to the brim.
When I blot you out, I will veil the heavens and darken the stars. I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon will not give you its light.
Yes, I will bring darkness everywhere across your land. Even the brightest stars will become dark above you. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken!
"And when I bring your shattered remains to distant nations that you have never seen, I will disturb many hearts.
Yes, I will bring terror to many lands, and their kings will be terrified because of all I do to you. They will shudder in fear for their lives as I brandish my sword before them on the day of your fall.
"For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: The sword of the king of Babylon will come against you.
I will destroy you with the swords of mighty warriors -- the terror of the nations. They will shatter the pride of Egypt, and all its hordes will be destroyed.
I will destroy all your flocks and herds that graze beside the streams. Never again will people or animals disturb those waters with their feet.
Then I will let the waters of Egypt become calm again, and they will flow as smoothly as olive oil, says the Sovereign LORD.
And when I destroy Egypt and wipe out everything you have and strike down all your people, then you will know that I am the LORD.
Yes, this is the funeral song they will sing for Egypt. Let all the nations mourn for Egypt and its hordes. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken!"
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)