This is the word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the nations:12
Concerning Egypt:2 This is the message against the army of Pharaoh Neco3 king of Egypt, which was defeated at Carchemish4 on the Euphrates5 River by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon in the fourth year of Jehoiakim6 son of Josiah king of Judah:
"Prepare your shields,7 both large and small, and march out for battle!
Harness the horses, mount the steeds! Take your positions with helmets on! Polish8 your spears, put on your armor!95
What do I see? They are terrified, they are retreating, their warriors are defeated. They flee10 in haste without looking back, and there is terror11 on every side," declares the LORD.
"The swift cannot flee12 nor the strong escape. In the north by the River Euphrates13 they stumble and fall.147
"Who is this that rises like the Nile, like rivers of surging waters?158
Egypt rises like the Nile,16 like rivers of surging waters. She says, 'I will rise and cover the earth; I will destroy cities and their people.'179
Charge, O horses! Drive furiously, O charioteers!18 March on, O warriors-- men of Cusha19 and Put who carry shields, men of Lydia20 who draw the bow.
But that day21 belongs to the LORD, the Lord Almighty-- a day of vengeance22, for vengeance on his foes. The sword will devour23 till it is satisfied, till it has quenched its thirst with blood.24 For the Lord, the LORD Almighty, will offer sacrifice25 in the land of the north by the River Euphrates.2611
"Go up to Gilead and get balm,27 O Virgin28 Daughter of Egypt. But you multiply remedies in vain; there is no healing29 for you.
The nations will hear of your shame; your cries will fill the earth. One warrior will stumble over another; both will fall30 down together."
This is the message the LORD spoke to Jeremiah the prophet about the coming of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon31 to attack Egypt:3214
"Announce this in Egypt, and proclaim it in Migdol; proclaim it also in Memphisb33 and Tahpanhes:34 'Take your positions and get ready, for the sword devours35 those around you.'
Why will your warriors be laid low? They cannot stand, for the LORD will push them down.3616
They will stumble37 repeatedly; they will fall38 over each other. They will say, 'Get up, let us go back to our own people39 and our native lands, away from the sword of the oppressor.'4017
There they will exclaim, 'Pharaoh king of Egypt is only a loud noise;41 he has missed his opportunity.42'
"As surely as I live," declares the King,43 whose name is the LORD Almighty, "one will come who is like Tabor44 among the mountains, like Carmel45 by the sea.
Pack your belongings for exile,46 you who live in Egypt, for Memphis47 will be laid waste48 and lie in ruins without inhabitant.
"Egypt is a beautiful heifer, but a gadfly is coming against her from the north.4921
The mercenaries50 in her ranks are like fattened calves.51 They too will turn and flee52 together, they will not stand their ground, for the day53 of disaster is coming upon them, the time54 for them to be punished.
Egypt will hiss like a fleeing serpent as the enemy advances in force; they will come against her with axes, like men who cut down trees.5523
They will chop down her forest," declares the LORD, "dense though it be. They are more numerous than locusts,56 they cannot be counted.
The Daughter of Egypt will be put to shame, handed over to the people of the north.57"
The LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "I am about to bring punishment on Amon god of Thebes,c58 on Pharaoh,59 on Egypt and her gods60 and her kings, and on those who rely61 on Pharaoh.
I will hand them over62 to those who seek their lives, to Nebuchadnezzar king63 of Babylon and his officers. Later, however, Egypt will be inhabited64 as in times past," declares the LORD.
"Do not fear,65 O Jacob66 my servant;67 do not be dismayed, O Israel. I will surely save you out of a distant place, your descendants from the land of their exile.68 Jacob will again have peace and security, and no one will make him afraid.
Do not fear, O Jacob my servant, for I am with you,"69 declares the LORD. "Though I completely destroy70 all the nations among which I scatter you, I will not completely destroy you. I will discipline you but only with justice; I will not let you go entirely unpunished."