The young men of Heliopolis and Bubastis will die in battle, and the women will be taken away as slaves.
When I come to break the proud strength of Egypt, it will be a dark day for Tahpanhes, too. A dark cloud will cover Tahpanhes, and its daughters will be led away as captives.
And so I will greatly punish Egypt, and they will know that I am the LORD .”
On April 29, during the eleventh year of King Jehoiachin’s captivity, this message came to me from the LORD :
“Son of man, I have broken the arm of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. His arm has not been put in a cast so that it may heal. Neither has it been bound up with a splint to make it strong enough to hold a sword.
Therefore, this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am the enemy of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt! I will break both of his arms—the good arm along with the broken one—and I will make his sword clatter to the ground.
I will scatter the Egyptians to many lands throughout the world.
I will strengthen the arms of Babylon’s king and put my sword in his hand. But I will break the arms of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and he will lie there mortally wounded, groaning in pain.
I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, while the arms of Pharaoh fall useless to his sides. And when I put my sword in the hand of Babylon’s king and he brings it against the land of Egypt, Egypt will know that I am the LORD .
I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, dispersing them throughout the earth. Then they will know that I am the LORD .”