An oracle1 concerning Egypt:23 See, the LORD rides on a swift cloud4 and is coming to Egypt. The idols of Egypt tremble before him, and the hearts of the Egyptians melt5 within them.
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"I will stir up Egyptian against Egyptian-- brother will fight against brother,6 neighbor against neighbor, city against city, kingdom against kingdom.7
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The Egyptians will lose heart,8 and I will bring their plans9 to nothing;10 they will consult the idols and the spirits of the dead, the mediums and the spiritists.11
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I will hand the Egyptians over to the power of a cruel master, and a fierce king12 will rule over them," declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty.
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The waters of the river will dry up,13 and the riverbed will be parched and dry.14
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The canals will stink;15 the streams of Egypt will dwindle and dry up.16 The reeds17 and rushes will wither,18
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also the plants19 along the Nile, at the mouth of the river. Every sown field20 along the Nile will become parched, will blow away and be no more.21
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The fishermen22 will groan and lament, all who cast hooks23 into the Nile; those who throw nets on the water will pine away.
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Those who work with combed flax24 will despair, the weavers of fine linen25 will lose hope.
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The workers in cloth will be dejected, and all the wage earners will be sick at heart.
The officials of Zoan26 are nothing but fools; the wise counselors27 of Pharaoh give senseless advice.28 How can you say to Pharaoh, "I am one of the wise men,29 a disciple of the ancient kings"?
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Where are your wise men30 now? Let them show you and make known what the LORD Almighty has planned31 against Egypt.
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The officials of Zoan32 have become fools, the leaders of Memphis33 are deceived; the cornerstones34 of her peoples have led Egypt astray.
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The LORD has poured into them a spirit of dizziness;35 they make Egypt stagger in all that she does, as a drunkard staggers36 around in his vomit.
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There is nothing Egypt can do-- head or tail, palm branch or reed.37
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In that day38 the Egyptians will be like women.39 They will shudder with fear40 at the uplifted hand41 that the LORD Almighty raises against them.
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And the land of Judah will bring terror to the Egyptians; everyone to whom Judah is mentioned will be terrified,42 because of what the LORD Almighty is planning43 against them.
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In that day44 five cities45 in Egypt will speak the language of Canaan and swear allegiance46 to the LORD Almighty. One of them will be called the City of Destruction.47
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In that day48 there will be an altar49 to the LORD in the heart of Egypt,50 and a monument51 to the LORD at its border.
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It will be a sign and witness52 to the LORD Almighty in the land of Egypt. When they cry out to the LORD because of their oppressors, he will send them a savior53 and defender, and he will rescue54 them.
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So the LORD will make himself known to the Egyptians, and in that day they will acknowledge55 the LORD. They will worship56 with sacrifices and grain offerings; they will make vows to the LORD and keep them.57
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The LORD will strike58 Egypt with a plague;59 he will strike them and heal them. They will turn60 to the LORD, and he will respond to their pleas and heal61 them.
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In that day62 there will be a highway63 from Egypt to Assyria.64 The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship65 together.
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In that day66 Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria,67 a blessing68 on the earth.
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The LORD Almighty will bless69 them, saying, "Blessed be Egypt my people,70 Assyria my handiwork,71 and Israel my inheritance.72"
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