also the plants1 along the Nile, at the mouth of the river. Every sown field2 along the Nile will become parched, will blow away and be no more.38
The fishermen4 will groan and lament, all who cast hooks5 into the Nile; those who throw nets on the water will pine away.
Those who work with combed flax6 will despair, the weavers of fine linen7 will lose hope.
The workers in cloth will be dejected, and all the wage earners will be sick at heart.
The officials of Zoan8 are nothing but fools; the wise counselors9 of Pharaoh give senseless advice.10 How can you say to Pharaoh, "I am one of the wise men,11 a disciple of the ancient kings"?
Where are your wise men12 now? Let them show you and make known what the LORD Almighty has planned13 against Egypt.
The officials of Zoan14 have become fools, the leaders of Memphisa15 are deceived; the cornerstones16 of her peoples have led Egypt astray.
The LORD has poured into them a spirit of dizziness;17 they make Egypt stagger in all that she does, as a drunkard staggers18 around in his vomit.
There is nothing Egypt can do-- head or tail, palm branch or reed.1916
In that day20 the Egyptians will be like women.21 They will shudder with fear22 at the uplifted hand23 that the LORD Almighty raises against them.
And the land of Judah will bring terror to the Egyptians; everyone to whom Judah is mentioned will be terrified,24 because of what the LORD Almighty is planning25 against them.