In the twelfth year, in the twelfth month on the first day, the word of the LORD came to me:12
"Son of man, take up a lament2 concerning Pharaoh king of Egypt and say to him: " 'You are like a lion3 among the nations; you are like a monster4 in the seas5 thrashing about in your streams, churning the water with your feet and muddying the streams.63
" 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: " 'With a great throng of people I will cast my net over you, and they will haul you up in my net.74
I will throw you on the land and hurl you on the open field. I will let all the birds of the sky settle on you and all the animals of the wild gorge themselves on you.85
I will spread your flesh on the mountains and fill the valleys9 with your remains.
I will drench the land with your flowing blood10 all the way to the mountains, and the ravines will be filled with your flesh.117
When I snuff you out, I will cover the heavens and darken their stars; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon will not give its light.128
All the shining lights in the heavens I will darken13 over you; I will bring darkness over your land,14 declares the Sovereign LORD.
I will trouble the hearts of many peoples when I bring about your destruction among the nations, amonga lands you have not known.
I will cause many peoples to be appalled at you, and their kings will shudder with horror because of you when I brandish my sword15 before them. On the day16 of your downfall each of them will tremble every moment for his life.1711
" 'For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: " 'The sword18 of the king of Babylon19 will come against you.2012
I will cause your hordes to fall by the swords of mighty men-- the most ruthless of all nations.21 They will shatter the pride of Egypt, and all her hordes will be overthrown.2213
I will destroy all her cattle from beside abundant waters no longer to be stirred by human feet or muddied by the hooves of cattle.2314
Then I will let her waters settle and make her streams flow like oil, declares the Sovereign LORD.
When I make Egypt desolate and strip the land of everything in it, when I strike down all who live there, then they will know that I am the LORD.24'
"This is the lament25 they will chant for her. The daughters of the nations will chant it; for Egypt and all her hordes they will chant it, declares the Sovereign LORD."