Ezekiel 29:1-10 NIV

A Prophecy Against Egypt

1 In the tenth year, in the tenth month on the twelfth day, the word of the LORD came to me:1

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2 "Son of man, set your face against2 Pharaoh king of Egypt3 and prophesy against him and against all Egypt.4

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3 Speak to him and say: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: " 'I am against you, Pharaoh5 king of Egypt, you great monster6 lying among your streams. You say, "The Nile7 is mine; I made it for myself."

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4 But I will put hooks8 in your jaws and make the fish of your streams stick to your scales. I will pull you out from among your streams, with all the fish sticking to your scales.9

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5 I will leave you in the desert, you and all the fish of your streams. You will fall on the open field and not be gathered10 or picked up. I will give you as food to the beasts of the earth and the birds of the air.11

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6 Then all who live in Egypt will know that I am the LORD. " 'You have been a staff of reed12 for the house of Israel.

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7 When they grasped you with their hands, you splintered13 and you tore open their shoulders; when they leaned on you, you broke and their backs were wrenched.a14

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    • a 29:7 - Syriac (see also Septuagint and Vulgate); Hebrew "and you caused their backs to stand"
      8 " 'Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will bring a sword against you and kill your men and their animals.15

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      9 Egypt will become a desolate wasteland. Then they will know that I am the LORD. " 'Because you said, "The Nile16 is mine; I made it,17"

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      10 therefore I am against you18 and against your streams, and I will make the land of Egypt19 a ruin and a desolate waste20 from Migdol21 to Aswan,22 as far as the border of Cush.b23

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        • b 29:10 - That is, the upper Nile region