Though they have officials in Zoan1 and their envoys have arrived in Hanes,
everyone will be put to shame because of a people2 useless3 to them, who bring neither help4 nor advantage, but only shame and disgrace.5"
An oracle6 concerning the animals of the Negev:7 Through a land of hardship and distress,8 of lions9 and lionesses, of adders and darting snakes,10 the envoys carry their riches on donkeys'11 backs, their treasures12 on the humps of camels, to that unprofitable nation,
to Egypt, whose help is utterly useless.13 Therefore I call her Rahab14 the Do-Nothing.
Go now, write it on a tablet15 for them, inscribe it on a scroll,16 that for the days to come it may be an everlasting witness.179
These are rebellious18 people, deceitful19 children, children unwilling to listen to the LORD's instruction.2010
They say to the seers,21 "See no more visions22!" and to the prophets, "Give us no more visions of what is right! Tell us pleasant things,23 prophesy illusions.2411
Leave this way,25 get off this path, and stop confronting26 us with the Holy One27 of Israel!"
Therefore, this is what the Holy One28 of Israel says: "Because you have rejected this message,29 relied on oppression30 and depended on deceit,
this sin will become for you like a high wall,31 cracked and bulging, that collapses32 suddenly,33 in an instant.
It will break in pieces like pottery,34 shattered so mercilessly that among its pieces not a fragment will be found for taking coals from a hearth or scooping water out of a cistern."