The canals will stink;1 the streams of Egypt will dwindle and dry up.2 The reeds3 and rushes will wither,47
also the plants5 along the Nile, at the mouth of the river. Every sown field6 along the Nile will become parched, will blow away and be no more.78
The fishermen8 will groan and lament, all who cast hooks9 into the Nile; those who throw nets on the water will pine away.
Those who work with combed flax10 will despair, the weavers of fine linen11 will lose hope.
The workers in cloth will be dejected, and all the wage earners will be sick at heart.
The officials of Zoan12 are nothing but fools; the wise counselors13 of Pharaoh give senseless advice.14 How can you say to Pharaoh, "I am one of the wise men,15 a disciple of the ancient kings"?
Where are your wise men16 now? Let them show you and make known what the LORD Almighty has planned17 against Egypt.
The officials of Zoan18 have become fools, the leaders of Memphisa19 are deceived; the cornerstones20 of her peoples have led Egypt astray.
The LORD has poured into them a spirit of dizziness;21 they make Egypt stagger in all that she does, as a drunkard staggers22 around in his vomit.
There is nothing Egypt can do-- head or tail, palm branch or reed.2316
In that day24 the Egyptians will be like women.25 They will shudder with fear26 at the uplifted hand27 that the LORD Almighty raises against them.