Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I set fire1 to Egypt and all her helpers are crushed.29
" 'On that day messengers will go out from me in ships to frighten Cush3 out of her complacency. Anguish4 will take hold of them on the day of Egypt's doom, for it is sure to come.510
" 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: " 'I will put an end to the hordes of Egypt by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar6 king of Babylon.711
He and his army--the most ruthless of nations8-- will be brought in to destroy the land. They will draw their swords against Egypt and fill the land with the slain.912
I will dry up10 the streams of the Nile11 and sell the land to evil men; by the hand of foreigners I will lay waste12 the land and everything in it. I the LORD have spoken.
" 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: " 'I will destroy the idols13 and put an end to the images in Memphis.a14 No longer will there be a prince in Egypt,15 and I will spread fear throughout the land.
I will lay16 waste Upper Egypt,b set fire to Zoan17 and inflict punishment on Thebes.c1815
I will pour out my wrath on Pelusium,d the stronghold of Egypt, and cut off the hordes of Thebes.
I will set fire19 to Egypt; Pelusium will writhe in agony. Thebes will be taken by storm; Memphis20 will be in constant distress.
The young men of Heliopolise21 and Bubastisf will fall by the sword, and the cities themselves will go into captivity.
Dark will be the day at Tahpanhes22 when I break the yoke of Egypt;23 there her proud strength will come to an end. She will be covered with clouds, and her villages will go into captivity.24