Advance, O horses, and dash madly, O chariots! Let the warriors go forth: Ethiopia a and Put who carry the shield, the Ludim, who draw b the bow.
That day is the day of the Lord God of hosts, a day of retribution, to gain vindication from his foes. The sword shall devour and be sated, and drink its fill of their blood. For the Lord God of hosts holds a sacrifice in the land of the north by the river Euphrates.
Go up to Gilead, and take balm, O virgin daughter Egypt! In vain you have used many medicines; there is no healing for you.
The nations have heard of your shame, and the earth is full of your cry; for warrior has stumbled against warrior; both have fallen together.
The word that the Lord spoke to the prophet Jeremiah about the coming of King Nebuchadrezzar of Babylon to attack the land of Egypt:
Declare in Egypt, and proclaim in Migdol; proclaim in Memphis and Tahpanhes; Say, "Take your stations and be ready, for the sword shall devour those around you."
Why has Apis fled? c Why did your bull not stand? —because the Lord thrust him down.
Your multitude stumbled d and fell, and one said to another, e "Come, let us go back to our own people and to the land of our birth, because of the destroying sword."
Give Pharaoh, king of Egypt, the name "Braggart who missed his chance."
As I live, says the King, whose name is the Lord of hosts, one is coming like Tabor among the mountains, and like Carmel by the sea.
Pack your bags for exile, sheltered daughter Egypt! For Memphis shall become a waste, a ruin, without inhabitant.
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