They will stumble1 repeatedly; they will fall2 over each other. They will say, 'Get up, let us go back to our own people3 and our native lands, away from the sword of the oppressor.'417
There they will exclaim, 'Pharaoh king of Egypt is only a loud noise;5 he has missed his opportunity.6'
"As surely as I live," declares the King,7 whose name is the LORD Almighty, "one will come who is like Tabor8 among the mountains, like Carmel9 by the sea.
Pack your belongings for exile,10 you who live in Egypt, for Memphis11 will be laid waste12 and lie in ruins without inhabitant.
"Egypt is a beautiful heifer, but a gadfly is coming against her from the north.1321
The mercenaries14 in her ranks are like fattened calves.15 They too will turn and flee16 together, they will not stand their ground, for the day17 of disaster is coming upon them, the time18 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.1923
They will chop down her forest," declares the LORD, "dense though it be. They are more numerous than locusts,20 they cannot be counted.
The Daughter of Egypt will be put to shame, handed over to the people of the north.21"
The LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "I am about to bring punishment on Amon god of Thebes,a22 on Pharaoh,23 on Egypt and her gods24 and her kings, and on those who rely25 on Pharaoh.
I will hand them over26 to those who seek their lives, to Nebuchadnezzar king27 of Babylon and his officers. Later, however, Egypt will be inhabited28 as in times past," declares the LORD.