The word of the Lord came to me:
"Son of man, prophesy and say: This is what the Lord God says: Wail:a Alas for the day!
For a day is near; a day belonging to the Lord is near.b It will be a day of clouds,c a time [of doom] for the nations.
A sword will come against Egypt, and there will be anguish in Cush when the slain fall in Egypt, and its wealth is taken away, and its foundations are torn down.
Cush, Put, and Lud,d and all the various foreign troops,e plus Libyaf and the men of the covenant landg will fall by the sword along with them.
This is what the Lord says: Those who support Egypt will fall, and its proud strength will collapse. From Migdol to Syene they will fall within it by the sword. [This is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the declaration of the Lord God .
They will be desolate amongh desolate lands, and their cities will lie among ruinedi cities.j8
They will know that I am the Lord when I set fire to Egyptk and all its allies are shattered.
On that day, messengers will go out from Me in shipsl to terrify confident Cush. Anguish will come over them on the day of Egypt's [doom]. For indeed it is coming."
This is what the Lord God says: I will put an end to the hordesm of Egypt by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.
He along with his people, ruthless men from the nations, will be brought in to destroy the land. They will draw their swords against Egypt and fill the land with the slain.n12
I will make the streams dry and sell the land into the hands of evil men.o I will bring desolation on the land and everything in it by the hands of foreigners.p I, the Lord, have spoken.
This is what the Lord God says: I will destroy the idols and put an end to the false gods in Memphis.q There will no longer be a prince from the land of Egypt. So I will instill fear in that land.
I will make Pathrosr desolate, set fire to Zoan, and execute judgments on Thebes.
I will pour out My wrath on Pelusium, the stronghold of Egypt, and will wipe out the crowdss of Thebes.
I will set fire to Egypt;t Pelusium will writhe in anguish, Thebes will be breached, and Memphis will face foes in broad daylight.u17
The young men of Onv and Pi-beseth will fall by the sword, and those citiesw will go into captivity.
The day will be darkx in Tehaphnehes, when I break the yoke of Egypt there and its proud strength comes to an end in the city. A cloudy will cover Tehaphnehes,z and its villages will go into captivity.
So I will execute judgments against Egypt, and they will know that I am the Lord.
In the eleventh year, in the first [month], on the seventh [day] of the month, the word of the Lord came to me:
"Son of man, I have broken the armaa of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Look, it has not been bandaged-[no] medicine has been applied and no splint put on to bandage it so that it can grow strong [enough] to handle a sword.
Therefore this is what the Lord God says: Look! I am against Pharaoh king of Egypt. I will break his arms, both the strong one and the one [already] broken, and will make the sword fall from his hand.
I will disperse the Egyptians among the nations and scatter them among the countries.bb24
I will strengthen the arms of Babylon's king and place My swordcc in his hand. But I will break the arms of Pharaoh, and he will groan before him as a mortally wounded man.
I will strengthen the arms of Babylon's king, but Pharaoh's arms will fall. They will know that I am the Lord when I place My sword in the hand of Babylon's king and he wields it against the land of Egypt.
When I disperse the Egyptians among the nations and scatter them among the countries, they will know that I am the Lord."