Message to Egypt

1 The 1oracle concerning 2Egypt. Behold, the LORD is 3riding on a swift cloud and is about to come to Egypt; The 4idols of Egypt will tremble at His presence, And the 5heart of the Egyptians will melt within them.
2 "So I will incite Egyptians against Egyptians; And they will 6each fight against his brother and each against his neighbor, City against city and kingdom against kingdom.
3 "Then the spirit of the Egyptians will be demoralized within them; And I will confound their strategy, So that 7they will resort to idols and ghosts of the dead And to mediums and spiritists.
4 "Moreover, I will deliver the Egyptians into the hand of a 8cruel master, And a mighty king will rule over them," declares the Lord GOD of hosts.
5 9The waters from the sea will dry up, And the river will be parched and dry.
6 The 10canals will emit a stench, The 11streams of Egypt will thin out and dry up; 12The reeds and rushes will rot away.
7 The bulrushes by the 13Nile, by the edge of the Nile And all the sown fields by the Nile Will become dry, be driven away, and be no more.
8 And the 14fishermen will lament, And all those who cast a line into the Nile will mourn, And those who spread nets on the waters will pine away.
9 Moreover, the manufacturers of linen made from combed flax And the weavers of white 15cloth will be utterly dejected.
10 And the 16pillars of Egypt will be crushed; All the hired laborers will be grieved in soul.
11 The princes of 17Zoan are mere fools; The advice of Pharaoh's wisest advisers has become stupid. How can you men say to Pharaoh, "I am a son of the 18wise, a son of ancient kings "?
12 Well then, where are your wise men? Please let them tell you, And let them understand what the LORD of hosts Has 19purposed against Egypt.
13 The princes of Zoan have acted foolishly, The princes of 20Memphis are deluded; Those who are the 21cornerstone of her tribes Have led Egypt astray.
14 The LORD has mixed within her a spirit of 22distortion; 23They have led Egypt astray in all that it does, As a 24drunken man staggers in his vomit.
15 There will be no work for Egypt 25Which its head or tail, its palm branch or bulrush, may do.
16 In that day the Egyptians will become like women, and they will tremble and be in 26dread because * of the 27waving of the hand of the LORD of hosts, which He is going to wave over them.
17 The land of Judah will become a terror to Egypt; everyone to whom it is mentioned will be in dread of it, because * of the 28purpose of the LORD of hosts which He is purposing against them.
18 In that day five cities in the land of Egypt will be speaking the language of Canaan and 29swearing allegiance to the LORD of hosts; one will be called the City of Destruction.
19 In that day there will be an 30altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a 31pillar to the LORD near its border.
20 It will become a sign and a witness to the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the LORD because * of oppressors, and He will send them a 32Savior and a 33Champion, and He will deliver them.
21 Thus the LORD will make Himself known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the LORD in that day. They will even worship with 34sacrifice and offering, and will make a vow to the LORD and perform it.
22 The LORD will strike Egypt, striking but 35healing; so they will 36return to the LORD, and He will respond to them and will heal them.
23 In that day there will be a 37highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrians will come into Egypt and the Egyptians into Assyria, and the Egyptians will 38worship with the Assyrians.
24 In that day Israel will be the third party with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth,
25 whom the LORD of hosts has blessed, saying, "Blessed is 39Egypt My people, and Assyria 40the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance."