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Jeremiah 46:1-19 (New American Standard)

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Defeat of Pharaoh Foretold

1 That which came as the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet 1concerning the nations. 2 To 2Egypt, concerning the army of 3Pharaoh Neco king of Egypt, which was by the Euphrates River at 4Carchemish, which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon defeated in the 5fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah: 3 "6Line up the shield and abuckler, And draw near for the battle! 4 "Harness the horses, And bmount the steeds, And take your stand with helmets on! 7Polish the spears, Put on the 8scale-armor! 5 "Why have I seen it? They are terrified, They are 9drawing back, And their 10mighty men are defeated And have taken refuge in flight, Without facing back; c11Terror is on every side!" Declares the LORD. 6 Let not the 12swift man flee, Nor the mighty man escape; In the north beside the river Euphrates They have 13stumbled and fallen. 7 Who is this that 14rises like the Nile, Like the rivers whose waters surge about? 8 Egypt rises like the Nile, Even like the rivers whose waters surge about; And He has said, "I will 15rise and cover that land; I will surely 16destroy the city and its inhabitants." 9 Go up, you horses, and d17drive madly, you chariots, That the mighty men may emarch forward: Ethiopia and f18Put, that handle the shield, And the g19Lydians, that handle and bend the bow. 10 For 20that day belongs to the Lord hGOD of hosts, A day of 21vengeance, so as to avenge Himself on His foes; And the 22sword will devour and be satiated And idrink its fill of their blood; For there will be a 23slaughter for the Lord jGOD of hosts, In the land of the north by the river Euphrates. 11 Go 24up to Gilead and obtain balm, 25O virgin daughter of Egypt! In vain have you multiplied kremedies; There is 26no healing for you. 12 The nations have heard of your 27shame, And the earth is full of your 28cry of distress; For one 29warrior has stumbled over lanother, And both of them have fallen down together. 13 This is the mmessage which the LORD spoke to Jeremiah the prophet about the 30coming of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon to 31smite the land of Egypt: 14 "Declare in Egypt and proclaim in 32Migdol, Proclaim also in Memphis and 33Tahpanhes; Say, 'Take your stand and get yourself ready, For the 34sword has devoured those around you.' 15 "Why have your 35mighty ones become prostrate? They do not stand because the LORD has 36thrust them down. 16 "They have repeatedly 37stumbled; Indeed, they have fallen one against another. Then they said, 'Get up! And 38let us go back To our own people and our native land Away from the n39sword of the oppressor.' 17 "oThey cried there, 'Pharaoh king of Egypt is but 40a big noise; He has let the appointed time pass by!' 18 "As I live," declares the 41King Whose name is the LORD of hosts, "Surely one shall come who looms up like 42Tabor among the mountains, Or like 43Carmel by the sea. 19 "Make your baggage ready for 44exile, O 45daughter dwelling in Egypt, For 46Memphis will become a desolation; It will even be burned down and pbereft of inhabitants.
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