"Woe1 to the obstinate children,"2 declares the LORD, "to those who carry out plans that are not mine, forming an alliance,3 but not by my Spirit, heaping sin upon sin;
who go down to Egypt4 without consulting5 me; who look for help to Pharaoh's protection,6 to Egypt's shade for refuge.73
But Pharaoh's protection will be to your shame, Egypt's shade8 will bring you disgrace.94
Though they have officials in Zoan10 and their envoys have arrived in Hanes,
everyone will be put to shame because of a people11 useless12 to them, who bring neither help13 nor advantage, but only shame and disgrace.14"
An oracle15 concerning the animals of the Negev:16 Through a land of hardship and distress,17 of lions18 and lionesses, of adders and darting snakes,19 the envoys carry their riches on donkeys'20 backs, their treasures21 on the humps of camels, to that unprofitable nation,
to Egypt, whose help is utterly useless.22 Therefore I call her Rahab23 the Do-Nothing.
Go now, write it on a tablet24 for them, inscribe it on a scroll,25 that for the days to come it may be an everlasting witness.269
These are rebellious27 people, deceitful28 children, children unwilling to listen to the LORD's instruction.2910
They say to the seers,30 "See no more visions31!" and to the prophets, "Give us no more visions of what is right! Tell us pleasant things,32 prophesy illusions.3311
Leave this way,34 get off this path, and stop confronting35 us with the Holy One36 of Israel!"
Therefore, this is what the Holy One37 of Israel says: "Because you have rejected this message,38 relied on oppression39 and depended on deceit,
this sin will become for you like a high wall,40 cracked and bulging, that collapses41 suddenly,42 in an instant.
It will break in pieces like pottery,43 shattered so mercilessly that among its pieces not a fragment will be found for taking coals from a hearth or scooping water out of a cistern."
This is what the Sovereign44 LORD, the Holy One45 of Israel, says: "In repentance and rest46 is your salvation, in quietness and trust47 is your strength, but you would have none of it.4816
You said, 'No, we will flee49 on horses.'50 Therefore you will flee! You said, 'We will ride off on swift horses.' Therefore your pursuers will be swift!
A thousand will flee at the threat of one; at the threat of five51 you will all flee52 away, till you are left53 like a flagstaff on a mountaintop, like a banner54 on a hill."