“ ‘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.
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.
I will spread your flesh on the mountains and fill the valleys with your remains.
I will drench the land with your flowing blood all the way to the mountains, and the ravines will be filled with your flesh.
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.
All the shining lights in the heavens I will darken over you; I will bring darkness over your land, declares the Sovereign LORD.
I will trouble the hearts of many peoples when I bring about your destruction among the nations, among 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 sword before them. On the day of your downfall each of them will tremble every moment for his life.
“ ‘For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “ ‘The sword of the king of Babylon will come against you.
I will cause your hordes to fall by the swords of mighty men— the most ruthless of all nations. They will shatter the pride of Egypt, and all her hordes will be overthrown.
I will destroy all her cattle from beside abundant waters no longer to be stirred by the foot of man or muddied by the hooves of cattle.
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.’
“This is the lament 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.”
In the twelfth year, on the fifteenth day of the month, the word of the LORD came to me:
“Son of man, wail for the hordes of Egypt and consign to the earth below both her and the daughters of mighty nations, along with those who go down to the pit.
Say to them, ‘Are you more favored than others? Go down and be laid among the uncircumcised.’
They will fall among those killed by the sword. The sword is drawn; let her be dragged off with all her hordes.
From within the realm of the dead the mighty leaders will say of Egypt and her allies, ‘They have come down and they lie with the uncircumcised, with those killed by the sword.’
“Assyria is there with her whole army; she is surrounded by the graves of all her slain, all who have fallen by the sword.
Their graves are in the depths of the pit and her army lies around her grave. All who had spread terror in the land of the living are slain, fallen by the sword.