There they will exclaim, 'Pharaoh king of Egypt is only a loud noise;1 he has missed his opportunity.2'
"As surely as I live," declares the King,3 whose name is the LORD Almighty, "one will come who is like Tabor4 among the mountains, like Carmel5 by the sea.
Pack your belongings for exile,6 you who live in Egypt, for Memphis7 will be laid waste8 and lie in ruins without inhabitant.
"Egypt is a beautiful heifer, but a gadfly is coming against her from the north.921
The mercenaries10 in her ranks are like fattened calves.11 They too will turn and flee12 together, they will not stand their ground, for the day13 of disaster is coming upon them, the time14 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.1523
They will chop down her forest," declares the LORD, "dense though it be. They are more numerous than locusts,16 they cannot be counted.
The Daughter of Egypt will be put to shame, handed over to the people of the north.17"
The LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "I am about to bring punishment on Amon god of Thebes,a18 on Pharaoh,19 on Egypt and her gods20 and her kings, and on those who rely21 on Pharaoh.
I will hand them over22 to those who seek their lives, to Nebuchadnezzar king23 of Babylon and his officers. Later, however, Egypt will be inhabited24 as in times past," declares the LORD.
"Do not fear,25 O Jacob26 my servant;27 do not be dismayed, O Israel. I will surely save you out of a distant place, your descendants from the land of their exile.28 Jacob will again have peace and security, and no one will make him afraid.