The waters of the river will dry up,1 and the riverbed will be parched and dry.26
The canals will stink;3 the streams of Egypt will dwindle and dry up.4 The reeds5 and rushes will wither,67
also the plants7 along the Nile, at the mouth of the river. Every sown field8 along the Nile will become parched, will blow away and be no more.98
The fishermen10 will groan and lament, all who cast hooks11 into the Nile; those who throw nets on the water will pine away.
Those who work with combed flax12 will despair, the weavers of fine linen13 will lose hope.
The workers in cloth will be dejected, and all the wage earners will be sick at heart.
The officials of Zoan14 are nothing but fools; the wise counselors15 of Pharaoh give senseless advice.16 How can you say to Pharaoh, "I am one of the wise men,17 a disciple of the ancient kings"?
Where are your wise men18 now? Let them show you and make known what the LORD Almighty has planned19 against Egypt.
The officials of Zoan20 have become fools, the leaders of Memphisa21 are deceived; the cornerstones22 of her peoples have led Egypt astray.
The LORD has poured into them a spirit of dizziness;23 they make Egypt stagger in all that she does, as a drunkard staggers24 around in his vomit.
There is nothing Egypt can do-- head or tail, palm branch or reed.25