Isaiah 19:15

15 There is nothing Egypt can do— head or tail, palm branch or reed.

Read Isaiah 19:15 Using Other Translations

Neither shall there be any work for Egypt, which the head or tail, branch or rush, may do.
And there will be nothing for Egypt that head or tail, palm branch or reed, may do.
There is nothing Egypt can do. All are helpless— the head and the tail, the noble palm branch and the lowly reed.

What does Isaiah 19:15 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Isaiah 19:15

Neither shall there be [any] work for Egypt
No trade or business to carry on; their rivers being dried up, there was no flax to work with, and fine linen was a principal commodity of Egypt; nor any fish to catch, or rushes to make paper of, as before observed: or it would not be in the power of their hands to deliver themselves from the Assyrians that should come against them; and that they should be deprived of wisdom and counsel, and be at their wits' end, not knowing what to do, or what step to take:

which the head or tail, branch or rush, may do:
high or low, strong or weak, all ranks and orders of men shall have nothing to do; all shall be weak and dispirited, and void of counsel. By the "head" and "branch" may be meant the king and his nobles; and by the "tail" and "rush" the common people; see ( Isaiah 9:14 Isaiah 9:15 ) . The Targum interprets the whole of their chief men thus,

``and the Egyptians shall have no king to reign, nor prince, noble, governor, or ruler.''

Jarchi explains it of the magicians, astrologers, and stargazers of Egypt, who, with all their boasted knowledge and wisdom, should not be able either to foresee or prevent the evil coming upon them.
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