The word of the LORD which came to Yirmeyahu the prophet concerning the nations.
Of Mitzrayim: concerning the army of Par`oh-Nekho king of Mitzrayim, which was by the river Perat in Karkemish, which Nevukhadretztzar king of Bavel struck in the fourth year of Yehoiakim the son of Yoshiyahu, king of Yehudah.
Prepare you the buckler and shield, and draw near to battle.
Harness the horses, and get up, you horsemen, and stand forth with your helmets; furbish the spears, put on the coats of mail.
Why have I seen it? they are dismayed and are turned backward; and their mighty ones are beaten down, and have fled apace, and don't look back: terror is on every side, says the LORD.
Don't let the swift flee away, nor the mighty man escape; in the north by the river Perat have they stumbled and fallen.
Who is this who rises up like the Nile, whose waters toss themselves like the rivers?
Mitzrayim rises up like the Nile, and his waters toss themselves like the rivers: and he says, I will rise up, I will cover the eretz; I will destroy cities and the inhabitants of it.
Go up, you horses; and rage, you chariots; and let the mighty men go forth: Kush and Put, who handle the shield; and the Ludim, who handle and bend the bow.
For that day is [a day] of the Lord, the LORD of Hosts, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries: and the sword shall devour and be satiate, and shall drink its fill of their blood; for the Lord, the LORD of hosts, has a sacrifice in the north country by the river Perat.
Go up into Gil`ad, and take balm, virgin daughter of Mitzrayim: in vain do you use many medicines; there is no healing for you.
The nations have heard of your shame, and the eretz is full of your cry; for the mighty man has stumbled against the mighty, they are fallen both of them together.
The word that the LORD spoke to Yirmeyahu the prophet, how that Nevukhadretztzar king of Bavel should come and strike the land of Mitzrayim.
Declare you in Mitzrayim, and publish in Migdol, and publish in Mof and in Tachpanches: say you, Stand forth, and prepare you; for the sword has devoured round about you.
Why are your strong ones swept away? they didn't stand, because the LORD did drive them.
He made many to stumble, yes, they fell one on another: and they said, Arise, and let us go again to our own people, and to the land of our birth, from the oppressing sword.
They cried there, Par`oh king of Mitzrayim is but a noise; he has let the appointed time pass by.
As I live, says the King, whose name is the LORD of Hosts, surely like Tavor among the mountains, and like Karmel by the sea, so shall he come.
You daughter who dwell in Mitzrayim, furnish yourself to go into captivity; for Mof shall become a desolation, and shall be burnt up, without inhabitant.
Mitzrayim is a very beautiful heifer; [but] destruction out of the north is come, it is come.
Also her hired men in the midst of her are like calves of the stall; for they also are turned back, they are fled away together, they didn't stand: for the day of their calamity is come on them, the time of their visitation.
The sound of it shall go like the serpent; for they shall march with an army, and come against her with axes, as wood cutters.
They shall cut down her forest, says the LORD, though it can't be searched; because they are more than the locusts, and are innumerable.
The daughter of Mitzrayim shall be put to shame; she shall be delivered into the hand of the people of the north.
The LORD of Hosts, the God of Yisra'el, says: Behold, I will punish Amon of No, and Par`oh, and Mitzrayim, with her gods, and her kings; even Par`oh, and those who trust in him:
and I will deliver them into the hand of those who seek their lives, and into the hand of Nevukhadretztzar king of Bavel, and into the hand of his servants; and afterwards it shall be inhabited, as in the days of old, says the LORD.
But don't be afraid you, Ya`akov my servant, neither be dismayed, Yisra'el: for, behold, I will save you from afar, and your seed from the land of their captivity; and Ya`akov shall return, and shall be quiet and at ease, and none shall make him afraid.
Don't be afraid you, O Ya`akov my servant, says the LORD; for I am with you: for I will make a full end of all the nations where I have driven you; but I will not make a full end of you, but I will correct you in measure, and will in no way leave you unpunished.