The word of the LORD came to me:
"Son of man, prophesy and say: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: " 'Wail1 and say, "Alas for that day!"
For the day is near,2 the day of the LORD3 is near-- a day of clouds, a time of doom for the nations.
A sword will come against Egypt,4 and anguish will come upon Cush.a5 When the slain fall in Egypt, her wealth will be carried away and her foundations torn down.65
Cush and Libya,7 Lydia and all Arabia,8 Kub and the people9 of the covenant land will fall by the sword along with Egypt.106
" 'This is what the LORD says: " 'The allies of Egypt will fall and her proud strength will fail. From Migdol to Aswan11 they will fall by the sword within her, declares the Sovereign LORD.
" 'They will be desolate among desolate lands, and their cities will lie among ruined cities.128
Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I set fire13 to Egypt and all her helpers are crushed.149
" 'On that day messengers will go out from me in ships to frighten Cush15 out of her complacency. Anguish16 will take hold of them on the day of Egypt's doom, for it is sure to come.1710
" 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: " 'I will put an end to the hordes of Egypt by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar18 king of Babylon.1911
He and his army--the most ruthless of nations20-- will be brought in to destroy the land. They will draw their swords against Egypt and fill the land with the slain.2112
I will dry up22 the waters of the Nile23 and sell the land to an evil nation; by the hand of foreigners I will lay waste24 the land and everything in it. I the LORD have spoken.
" 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: " 'I will destroy the idols25 and put an end to the images in Memphis.26 No longer will there be a prince in Egypt,27 and I will spread fear throughout the land.
I will lay28 waste Upper Egypt, set fire to Zoan29 and inflict punishment on Thebes.3015
I will pour out my wrath on Pelusium, the stronghold of Egypt, and wipe out the hordes of Thebes.
I will set fire31 to Egypt; Pelusium will writhe in agony. Thebes will be taken by storm; Memphis32 will be in constant distress.
The young men of Heliopolis33 and Bubastis will fall by the sword, and the cities themselves will go into captivity.
Dark will be the day at Tahpanhes34 when I break the yoke of Egypt;35 there her proud strength will come to an end. She will be covered with clouds, and her villages will go into captivity.3619
So I will inflict punishment37 on Egypt, and they will know that I am the LORD.' "
In the eleventh year, in the first month on the seventh day, the word of the LORD came to me:3821
"Son of man, I have broken the arm39 of Pharaoh40 king of Egypt. It has not been bound up to be healed41 or put in a splint so that it may become strong enough to hold a sword.
Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against Pharaoh king of Egypt.42 I will break both his arms, the good arm as well as the broken one, and make the sword fall from his hand.4323
I will disperse the Egyptians among the nations and scatter them through the countries.4424
I will strengthen45 the arms of the king of Babylon and put my sword46 in his hand, but I will break the arms of Pharaoh, and he will groan47 before him like someone mortally wounded.
I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, but the arms of Pharaoh will fall limp. Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I put my sword48 into the hand of the king of Babylon and he brandishes it against Egypt.4926
I will disperse the Egyptians among the nations and scatter them through the countries. Then they will know that I am the LORD.50"