Ezekiel 32:17-32 (Today's New International Version)

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Egypt's Descent Into the Realm of the Dead

17 In the twelfth year, on the fifteenth day of the month, the word of the LORD came to me:1 18 "Son of man, wail for the hordes of Egypt and consign2 to the earth below both her and the daughters of mighty nations, along with those who go down to the pit.3 19 Say to them, 'Are you more favored than others? Go down and be laid among the uncircumcised.'4 20 They will fall among those killed by the sword. The sword is drawn; let her be dragged5 off with all her hordes.6 21 From within the realm of the dead7 the mighty leaders will say of Egypt and her allies, 'They have come down and they lie with the uncircumcised,8 with those killed by the sword.' 22 "Assyria is there with her whole army; she is surrounded by the graves of all her slain, all who have fallen by the sword. 23 Their graves are in the depths of the pit9 and her army lies around her grave.10 All who had spread terror in the land of the living are slain, fallen by the sword. 24 "Elam11 is there, with all her hordes around her grave. All of them are slain, fallen by the sword.12 All who had spread terror in the land of the living13 went down uncircumcised to the earth below. They bear their shame with those who go down to the pit.14 25 A bed is made for her among the slain, with all her hordes around her grave. All of them are uncircumcised,15 killed by the sword. Because their terror had spread in the land of the living, they bear their shame with those who go down to the pit; they are laid among the slain. 26 "Meshek and Tubal16 are there, with all their hordes around their graves. All of them are uncircumcised, killed by the sword because they spread their terror in the land of the living. 27 But they do not lie with the fallen warriors of old,a17 who went down to the realm of the dead with their weapons of war--their swords placed under their heads and their shieldsb resting on their bones--though these warriors also had terrorized the land of the living. 28 "You too, Pharaoh, will be broken and will lie among the uncircumcised, with those killed by the sword. 29 "Edom18 is there, her kings and all her princes; despite their power, they are laid with those killed by the sword. They lie with the uncircumcised, with those who go down to the pit.19 30 "All the princes of the north20 and all the Sidonians21 are there; they went down with the slain in disgrace despite the terror caused by their power. They lie uncircumcised22 with those killed by the sword and bear their shame with those who go down to the pit.23 31 "Pharaoh--he and all his army--will see them and he will be consoled24 for all his hordes that were killed by the sword, declares the Sovereign LORD. 32 Although I had him spread terror in the land of the living, Pharaoh25 and all his hordes will be laid among the uncircumcised, with those killed by the sword, declares the Sovereign LORD."26
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