"Woe to the rebellious children," says the LORD, "who carry out a plan, but not mine; and who make a league, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin;
who set out to go down to Egypt, without asking for my counsel, to take refuge in the protection of Pharaoh, and to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt!
Therefore shall the protection of Pharaoh turn to your shame, and the shelter in the shadow of Egypt to your humiliation.
For though his officials are at Zo'an and his envoys reach Ha'nes,
every one comes to shame through a people that cannot profit them, that brings neither help nor profit, but shame and disgrace."
An oracle on the beasts of the Negeb. Through a land of trouble and anguish, from where come the lioness and the lion, the viper and the flying serpent, they carry their riches on the backs of asses, and their treasures on the humps of camels, to a people that cannot profit them.
For Egypt's help is worthless and empty, therefore I have called her "Rahab who sits still."
And now, go, write it before them on a tablet, and inscribe it in a book, that it may be for the time to come as a witness for ever.
For they are a rebellious people, lying sons, sons who will not hear the instruction of the LORD;
who say to the seers, "See not"; and to the prophets, "Prophesy not to us what is right; speak to us smooth things, prophesy illusions,
leave the way, turn aside from the path, let us hear no more of the Holy One of Israel."
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version - Holy Bible)