A Lament for Pharaoh

1 In the twelfth year, in the twelfth month, on the first [day] of the month, the word of the Lord came to me:
2 "Son of man, lamenta for Pharaoh king of Egypt and say to him: You compare yourself to a lion of the nations, butb you are like a monsterc in the seas. You thrash about in your rivers, churn up the waters with your feet, and muddy thed rivers."
3 This is what the Lord God says: I will spread My net over you with an assembly of many peoples,e and theyf will haul you up in My net.
4 I will abandon you on the land and hurl you on the open field. I will cause all the birds of the sky to settle on you and let the beasts of the entire earth eat their fill of you.g
5 I will put your flesh on the mountains and fill the valleys with your carcass.
6 I will drench the land with the flow of your blood, [even] to the mountains; the ravines will be filled with your [gore].h
7 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.
8 I will darken all the shining lights in the heavens over you, and will bring darkness on your land. [This is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the declaration of the Lord God .
9 I will trouble the hearts of many peoples, when I bring about your destruction among the nations, in countries you do not know.
10 I will cause many nations to be appalled at you, and their kings will shudder with fear because of youi when I brandish My sword in front of them. On the day of your downfall each of them will tremble every momentj for his life.
11 For this is what the Lord God says: The sword of Babylon's king will come against you!
12 I will make your hordes fall by the swords of warriors, all of them ruthless men from the nations.k They will ravage Egypt's pride, and all its hordes will be destroyed.
13 I will slaughter all its cattle that are beside many waters. No human foot will churn them again, and no cattle hooves will disturb them.l
14 Then I will let their waters settle and will make their rivers flow like oil. [This is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the declaration of the Lord God .
15 When I make the land of Egypt a desolation, so that it is emptied of everything in it, when I strike down all who live there, then they will know that I am the Lord.m
16 "This is a lament that will be chanted; the women of the nations will chant it. They will chant it over Egypt and all its hordes." [This is] the declaration of the Lord God .