Ezekiel 29:2-20 NIV

2 "Son of man, set your face against1 Pharaoh king of Egypt2 and prophesy against him and against all Egypt.3

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3 Speak to him and say: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: " 'I am against you, Pharaoh4 king of Egypt, you great monster5 lying among your streams. You say, "The Nile6 is mine; I made it for myself."

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4 But I will put hooks7 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.8

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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 gathered9 or picked up. I will give you as food to the beasts of the earth and the birds of the air.10

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6 Then all who live in Egypt will know that I am the LORD. " 'You have been a staff of reed11 for the house of Israel.

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7 When they grasped you with their hands, you splintered12 and you tore open their shoulders; when they leaned on you, you broke and their backs were wrenched.a13

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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.14

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      9 Egypt will become a desolate wasteland. Then they will know that I am the LORD. " 'Because you said, "The Nile15 is mine; I made it,16"

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      10 therefore I am against you17 and against your streams, and I will make the land of Egypt18 a ruin and a desolate waste19 from Migdol20 to Aswan,21 as far as the border of Cush.b22

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        • b 29:10 - That is, the upper Nile region
          11 No foot of man or animal will pass through it; no one will live there for forty years.23

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          12 I will make the land of Egypt desolate24 among devastated lands, and her cities will lie desolate forty years among ruined cities. And I will disperse the Egyptians among the nations and scatter them through the countries.25

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          13 " 'Yet this is what the Sovereign LORD says: At the end of forty years I will gather the Egyptians from the nations where they were scattered.
          14 I will bring them back from captivity and return them to Upper Egypt,c26 the land of their ancestry. There they will be a lowly27 kingdom.28

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          15 It will be the lowliest of kingdoms and will never again exalt itself above the other nations.29 I will make it so weak that it will never again rule over the nations.

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          16 Egypt will no longer be a source of confidence30 for the people of Israel but will be a reminder31 of their sin in turning to her for help.32 Then they will know that I am the Sovereign LORD.33' "

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          17 In the twenty-seventh year, in the first month on the first day, the word of the LORD came to me:34

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              18 "Son of man, Nebuchadnezzar35 king of Babylon drove his army in a hard campaign against Tyre; every head was rubbed bare36 and every shoulder made raw.37 Yet he and his army got no reward from the campaign he led against Tyre.

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              19 Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am going to give Egypt to Nebuchadnezzar king38 of Babylon, and he will carry off its wealth. He will loot and plunder39 the land as pay for his army.40

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              20 I have given him Egypt41 as a reward for his efforts because he and his army did it for me, declares the Sovereign LORD.42

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