Judgment of Egypt

1 In the 1tenth year, in the tenth month, on the twelfth * of the month, the word of the LORD came to me saying,
3 "Speak and say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, I am against you, Pharaoh king of Egypt, The great 4monster that lies in the midst of his rivers, That 5has said, 'My Nile is mine, and I myself have made it.'
4 "I will put 6hooks in your jaws And make the fish of your rivers cling to your scales. And I will bring you up out of the midst of your rivers, And all the fish of your rivers will cling to your scales.
5 "I will 7abandon you to the wilderness, you and all the fish of your rivers; You will fall on the open field; you will not be brought together or 8gathered. I have given you for 9food to the beasts of the earth and to the birds of the sky.
6 "Then all the inhabitants of Egypt will know that I am the LORD, Because they have been only a 10staff made of reed to the house of Israel.
7 "When they took hold of you with the hand, You 11broke and tore all their hands; And when they leaned on you, You broke and made all their loins quake."
8 'Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, I will 12bring upon you a sword and I will cut off from you man and beast.
9 "The 13land of Egypt will become a desolation and waste. Then they will know that I am the LORD. Because you 14said, 'The Nile is mine, and I have made it,'
10 therefore, behold, I am 15against you and against your rivers, and I will make the land of Egypt an utter waste and desolation, from Migdol to Syene and even to the border of Ethiopia.
11 "A man's foot will 16not pass through it, and the foot of a beast will not pass through it, and it will not be inhabited for forty years.
12 "So I will make the land of Egypt a desolation in the 17midst of desolated lands. And her cities, in the midst of cities that are laid waste, will be desolate forty years; and I will 18scatter the Egyptians among the nations and disperse them among the lands."
13 'For thus says the Lord GOD, "At the end of forty years I will 19gather the Egyptians from the peoples among whom * they were scattered.
14 "I will turn the fortunes of Egypt and make them return to the land of 20Pathros, to the land of their origin, and there they will be a lowly kingdom.
15 "It will be the 21lowest of the kingdoms, and it will never again lift itself up above the nations. And I will make them so small that they will not 22rule over the nations.
16 "And it will never again be the 23confidence of the house of Israel, 24bringing to mind the iniquity of their having turned to Egypt. Then they will know that I am the Lord GOD.""'
17 Now in the 25twenty-seventh * year, in the first month, on the first of the month, the word of the LORD came to me saying,
18 "Son of man, 26Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon made his army labor hard against Tyre; every head was made 27bald and every shoulder was rubbed bare. But he and his army had no wages from Tyre for the labor that he had performed against it."
19 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, I 28will give the land of Egypt to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. And he will carry off her 29wealth and capture her spoil and seize her plunder; and it will be wages for his army.
20 "I have given him the land of Egypt for his labor which he 30performed, because they acted for Me," declares the Lord GOD.
21 "On that day I will make a 31horn sprout for the house of Israel, and I will 32open * your mouth in their midst. Then they will know that I am the LORD."