"Woe1 to the obstinate children,"2 declares the LORD, "to those who carry out plans that are not mine, forming an alliance,3 but not by my Spirit, heaping sin upon sin;
who go down to Egypt4 without consulting5 me; who look for help to Pharaoh's protection,6 to Egypt's shade for refuge.73
But Pharaoh's protection will be to your shame, Egypt's shade8 will bring you disgrace.94
Though they have officials in Zoan10 and their envoys have arrived in Hanes,
everyone will be put to shame because of a people11 useless12 to them, who bring neither help13 nor advantage, but only shame and disgrace.14"
An oracle15 concerning the animals of the Negev:16 Through a land of hardship and distress,17 of lions18 and lionesses, of adders and darting snakes,19 the envoys carry their riches on donkeys'20 backs, their treasures21 on the humps of camels, to that unprofitable nation,
to Egypt, whose help is utterly useless.22 Therefore I call her Rahab23 the Do-Nothing.
Go now, write it on a tablet24 for them, inscribe it on a scroll,25 that for the days to come it may be an everlasting witness.269
These are rebellious27 people, deceitful28 children, children unwilling to listen to the LORD's instruction.29