Ezekiel 32:1-16

A Lament over Pharaoh and Egypt

1 1In the twelfth year, in the twelfth month, on the first day of the month, the word of the LORD came to me:
2 2"Son of man, 3raise a lamentation over 4Pharaoh king of Egypt and say to him: "You consider yourself 5a lion of the nations, but you are like 6a dragon 7in the seas; 8you burst forth in your rivers, trouble the waters with your feet, and foul their rivers.
3 Thus says the Lord GOD: 9I will throw my net over you with a host of 10many peoples, and 11they will haul you up in my dragnet.
4 And 12I will cast you on the ground; on the open field I will fling you, and will cause all the birds of the heavens to settle on you, and I will gorge the beasts of the whole earth with you.
5 I will strew your flesh 13upon the mountains and fill the valleys with your carcass.a
6 I will drench the land even to the mountains with your flowing blood, and the ravines will be full of you.
7 14When I blot you out, 15I will cover the heavens and make their stars dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give its light.
8 All the bright lights of heaven will I make dark over you, and 16put darkness on your land, declares the Lord GOD.
9 "I will trouble the hearts of many peoples, when I bring your destruction among the nations, into the countries that you have not known.
10 17I will make many peoples appalled at you, and the hair of their kings shall bristle with horror because of you, when 18I brandish my sword before them. 19They shall tremble every moment, every one for his own life, on the day of your downfall.
11 "For thus says the Lord GOD: 20The sword of the king of Babylon shall come upon you.
12 I will cause 21your multitude to fall by the swords of mighty ones, all of them 22most ruthless of nations. 23"They shall bring to ruin the pride of Egypt, and all its multitudeb shall perish.
13 I will destroy all its beasts from beside many waters; 24and no foot of man shall trouble them anymore, nor shall the hoofs of beasts trouble them.
14 Then 25I will make their waters clear, and cause their rivers to run like oil, declares the Lord GOD.
15 When I make the land of Egypt desolate, and when the land 26is desolate of all that fills it, when I strike down all who dwell in it, then 27they will know that I am the LORD.
16 28This is a lamentation that shall be chanted; the daughters of the nations shall chant it; over Egypt, and over 29all her multitude, shall they chant it, declares the Lord GOD."
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