1 On the first day of the twelfth month in the twelfth year, the LORD spoke his word to me. He said,
2 "Son of man, sing a funeral song for Pharaoh, king of Egypt. Tell him, 'You think you are like a lion among the nations. Instead, you are like a crocodile in the water. You splash around in the water. You stir up the water with your feet. You make the streams muddy.
3 "'This is what the Almighty LORD says: When many nations gather together, I will spread my net over you, and they will haul you up in a net.
4 I will throw you on the ground and toss you into an open field. I will make birds perch on you, and wild animals from all over the earth will feed on you.
5 I will scatter your flesh on the hills and fill the valleys with your rotting corpse.
6 I will drench the earth with your flowing blood all the way to the mountains. Ravines will be filled with your dead body.
7 "'When I put out your light, I will cover the sky and darken the stars. I will cover the sun with clouds, and the moon won't shine anymore.
8 I will darken all the lights shining in the sky above you. I will bring darkness over your land, declares the Almighty LORD.
9 "'I will make many people troubled when I spread the news of your destruction among the nations to countries that you haven't heard of.
10 Many people will be shocked by what I will do to you. Their kings will shudder when I swing my sword in their faces. When you die, all of them will tremble in fear for their own lives.
11 "'This is what the Almighty LORD says: The sword of the king of Babylon will attack you.
12 I will cut down your people with the swords of warriors. All of them will be the most ruthless warriors among the nations. They will shatter the pride of Egypt and destroy its many people.
13 I will also destroy all the animals beside its many water sources. The feet of humans and the hoofs of animals won't stir up the water anymore.
14 Then I will make its water clear and make its streams flow like oil, declares the Almighty LORD.
15 I will turn Egypt into a wasteland. I will take everything in the land, and I will kill all the people who live there. Then they will know that I am the LORD.'
16 "This is a funeral song. The people from the nations will sing this song. They will sing it as they mourn for Egypt and its many people," declares the Almighty LORD.