Ezekiel 30:18

18 Dark will be the day at Tahpanhes when I break the yoke of Egypt; there her proud strength will come to an end. She will be covered with clouds, and her villages will go into captivity.

Read Ezekiel 30:18 Using Other Translations

At Tehaphnehes also the day shall be darkened, when I shall break there the yokes of Egypt: and the pomp of her strength shall cease in her: as for her, a cloud shall cover her, and her daughters shall go into captivity.
At Tehaphnehes the day shall be dark, when I break there the yoke bars of Egypt, and her proud might shall come to an end in her; she shall be covered by a cloud, and her daughters shall go into captivity.
When I come to break the proud strength of Egypt, it will be a dark day for Tahpanhes, too. A dark cloud will cover Tahpanhes, and its daughters will be led away as captives.

What does Ezekiel 30:18 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ezekiel 30:18

At Tehaphnehes also the day shall be darkened
The same with Hanes in ( Isaiah 30:4 ) and Tahapanes in ( Jeremiah 2:16 ) and Tahpanhes, ( Jeremiah 43:7-9 ) , it was a royal seat of the kings of Egypt: there was in Solomon's time a queen of Egypt of this name, and perhaps it might be so called from her, ( 1 Kings 11:19 1 Kings 11:20 ) . It is generally thought to be the Daphne of Pelusium, it being near that city; though Junius takes it to be a place in another part of Egypt, at a great distance, which Herodotus F9 calls Tahcompso, an island encompassed by the Nile; and by Ptolemy F11 called Metacompso: now at this place the day should be darkened; or should "restrain" F12, as it may be rendered; that is, its light; it should be a calamitous and mournful time with the inhabitants of it: when I shall break there the yokes of Egypt;
the yokes they put upon the necks of others, who now should be freed from them: or, "the sceptres of Egypt", as the Vulgate Latin version renders it; the regalia of their kings, which might lie in this place; it being a royal seat where Pharaoh had a house, as appears from ( Jeremiah 43:9 ) : and the pomp of her strength shall cease in her;
all that grandeur and magnificence which appeared in the courts of the kings of Egypt in this place: as for her, a cloud shall cover her;
as for this city, a cloud of calamity shall cover it, so as its glory shall not be seen. The Targum is,

``a king with his army shall cover her as a cloud ascends and covers the earth:''
and her daughters shall go into captivity;
which may be taken either in a literal sense for the daughters of the inhabitants of this place, which must be a great affliction to their tender parents, to have them forced away by rude soldiers, and carried captive into distant lands; or in a figurative sense, for the villages and the inhabitants of them round about this city; it being usual to represent a city as a mother, and its villages as daughters; and so the Targum, Jarchi, and Kimchi interpret it.
FOOTNOTES:

F9 Euterpe, sive l. 2. c. 29.
F11 Geograph. l. 4. c. 5.
F12 (Kvx) "prohibuit", Montanus; "vitavit", Munster; "cohibuit", Cocceius; "probibebit, arcebit", Vatablus; so Ben Melech.
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