Lament over Egypt

1 The word of the LORD came again to me saying,
2 "Son of man, prophesy and say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "1Wail, 'Alas for the day!'
3 "For the day is near, Even 2the day of the LORD is near; It will be a day of 3clouds, A time of doom for the nations.
4 "A sword will come upon Egypt, And anguish will be in Ethiopia; When the slain fall in Egypt, They 4take away her wealth, And her foundations are torn down.
5 "Ethiopia, Put, Lud, all 5Arabia, Libya and the people of the land that is in league will fall with them by the sword."
6 'Thus says the LORD, "Indeed, those who support 6Egypt will fall And the pride of her power will come down; From Migdol to Syene They will fall within her by the sword," Declares the Lord GOD.
7 "They will be desolate In the 7midst of the desolated lands; And her cities will be In the midst of the devastated cities.
8 "And they will 8know that I am the LORD, When I set a 9fire in Egypt And all her helpers are broken.
9 "On that day 10messengers will go forth from Me in ships to frighten 11secure Ethiopia; and 12anguish will be on them as on the day of Egypt; for behold, it comes!"
10 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "13I will also make the hordes of Egypt cease By the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.
11 "He and his people with him, 14The most ruthless of the nations, Will be brought in to destroy the land; And they will draw their swords against Egypt And fill the land with the slain.
12 "Moreover, I will make the 15Nile canals dry And 16sell the land into the hands of evil men. And I will make the land desolate And all that is in it, By the hand of strangers; I the LORD have spoken."
13 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "I will also 17destroy the idols And make the images cease from 18Memphis. And there will no longer be a prince in the land of Egypt; And I will put fear in the land of Egypt.
15 "I will pour out My wrath on Sin, The stronghold of Egypt; I will also cut off the hordes of Thebes.
16 "I will set a fire in Egypt; Sin will writhe in anguish, Thebes will be breached And Memphis will have distresses daily.
17 "The young men of 22On and of Pi-beseth Will fall by the sword, And the women will go into captivity.
18 "In 23Tehaphnehes the day will be 24dark When I 25break there the yoke bars of Egypt. Then the pride of her power will cease in her; A cloud will cover her, And her daughters will go into captivity.
19 "Thus I will 26execute judgments on Egypt, And they will know that I am the LORD.""'

Victory for Babylon

20 In the 27eleventh * year, in the first month, on the seventh of the month, the word of the LORD came to me saying,
21 "Son of man, I have 28broken the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and, behold, it has not been 29bound up for healing or wrapped with a bandage, that it may be strong to hold the sword.
22 "Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, 'Behold, I am 30against Pharaoh king of Egypt and will break his arms, both the strong and the 31broken; and I will make the sword 32fall from his hand.
23 'I will 33scatter the Egyptians among the nations and disperse them among the lands.
24 'For I will 34strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon and put 35My sword in his hand; and I will break the arms of Pharaoh, so that he will groan before him with the groanings of a wounded man.
25 'Thus I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, but the arms of Pharaoh will fall. Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I put My sword into the hand of the king of Babylon and he 36stretches it out against the land of Egypt.
26 'When I scatter the Egyptians among the nations and disperse them among the lands, then they will know that I am the LORD.' "