A Lament for Egypt
for that day!’
3 For the day is near,
the Day of the LORD is near.
It will be a day of clouds,
a time of doom for the nations. a
4 A sword will come against Egypt,
and there will be anguish in Cush b
when the slain fall in Egypt,
its wealth is taken away,
and its foundations are torn down.
and all the various peoples,
as well as Libya and the men of the covenant land,
will fall with Egypt by the sword.
6 For this is what the LORD says:
The allies of Egypt will fall,
and her proud strength will collapse.
From Migdol to Syene d
they will fall by the sword within her,
declares the Lord GOD.
7 They will be desolate among desolate lands,
and their cities will lie among ruined cities.
8 Then they will know that I am the LORD
when I set fire to Egypt
and all her helpers are shattered.
10 This is what the Lord GOD says:
I will put an end to the hordes of Egypt
by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.
11 He and his people with him,
the most ruthless of the nations,
will be brought in to destroy the land.
They will draw their swords against Egypt
and fill the land with the slain.
12 I will make the streams dry up
and sell the land to the wicked.
By the hands of foreigners I will bring desolation
upon the land and everything in it.
I, the LORD, have spoken.
13 This is what the Lord GOD says:
I will destroy the idols
and put an end to the images in Memphis. f
There will no longer be a prince in Egypt,
and I will instill fear in that land.
14 I will lay waste Pathros,
set fire to Zoan,
and execute judgment on Thebes. g
the stronghold of Egypt,
and cut off the crowds of Thebes.
16 I will set fire to Egypt,
Pelusium will writhe in anguish,
Thebes will be split open,
and Memphis will face daily distress.
will fall by the sword,
and those cities will go into captivity.
18 The day will be darkened in Tahpanhes
when I break the yoke of Egypt
and her proud strength comes to an end.
A cloud will cover her,
and her daughters will go into captivity.
19 So I will execute judgment on Egypt,
and they will know that I am the LORD.”
Pharaoh’s Power Broken
20 In the eleventh year, on the seventh day of the first month, the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 21 “Son of man, I have broken the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt. See, it has not been bound up for healing, or splinted for strength to hold the sword.
22 Therefore this is what the Lord GOD says: Behold, I am against Pharaoh king of Egypt. I will break his arms, both the strong one and the one already broken, and will make the sword fall from his hand. 23 I will disperse the Egyptians among the nations and scatter them throughout the lands.
24 I will strengthen the arms of Babylon’s king and place My sword in his hand, but I will break the arms of Pharaoh, who will groan before him like a mortally wounded man. 25 I will strengthen the arms of Babylon’s king, but Pharaoh’s arms will fall limp.
Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I place My sword in the hand of Babylon’s king, and he wields it against the land of Egypt. 26 I will disperse the Egyptians among the nations and scatter them throughout the lands. Then they will know that I am the LORD.”
3 a Hebrew does not include of doom .
4 b That is, the upper Nile region; also in verses 5 and 9
5 c Or Lydia
6 d That is, Aswan; see Isaiah 49:12
9 e Hebrew the day of Egypt
13 f LXX; Hebrew Noph ; also in verse 16
14 g Hebrew No ; also in verses 15 and 16
15 h Hebrew Sin ; also in verse 16
17 i That is, Heliopolis and Bubastis , as in LXX;Hebrew Aven and Pi-beseth