1The pronouncement against Egypt: Look! Jehovah is riding on a swift cloud and coming into Egypt. And the valueless gods of Egypt will certainly quiver because of him, and the very heart of Egypt will melt in the midst of it.
2“And I will goad Egyptians against Egyptians, and they will certainly war each one against his brother, and each one against his companion, city against city, kingdom against kingdom.3And the spirit of Egypt must become bewildered in the midst of it, and I shall confuse its own counsel. And they will be certain to resort to the valueless gods and to the charmers and to the spirit mediums and to the professional foretellers of events.4And I will deliver up Egypt into the hand of a hard master, and strong will be the king that will rule over them,” is the utterance of the [true] Lord, Jehovah of armies.
5And the water will certainly be dried up from the sea, and the river itself will become parched and actually run dry.6And the rivers must stink; the Nile canals of Egypt must become low and parched. The reed and the rush themselves must molder.7The bare places by the Nile River, at the mouth of the Nile River, and every seedland of the Nile River will dry up. It will certainly be driven away, and it will be no more.8And the fishers will have to mourn, and all those casting fishhooks into the Nile River must express sorrow, and even those spreading fishing nets upon the surface of the water will actually fade away.9And the workers in carded flax must become ashamed; also the loom workers on white fabrics.10And her weavers must become crushed, all the wage workers grieved in soul.
11The princes of Zo′an are indeed foolish. As regards the wise ones of Phar′aoh’s counselors, [their] counsel is something unreasonable. How will YOU men say to Phar′aoh: “I am the son of wise ones, the son of kings of ancient time”?12Where, then, are they—the wise men of yours—that they may now tell you and that they may know what Jehovah of armies has counseled concerning Egypt?13The princes of Zo′an have acted foolishly, the princes of Noph have been deceived, the keymen of her tribes have caused Egypt to wander about.14Jehovah himself has mingled in the midst of her the spirit of disconcertedness; and they have caused Egypt to wander about in all its work, just as someone drunk is made to wander about in his vomit.15And Egypt will not come to have any work that the head or the tail, the shoot or the rush, can do.
16In that day Egypt will become like women, and it will certainly tremble and be in dread because of the waving of the hand of Jehovah of armies which he is waving against it.17And the ground of Judah must become to Egypt a cause for reeling. Everybody to whom one mentions it is in dread because of the counsel of Jehovah of armies that he is counseling against him.
18In that day there will prove to be five cities in the land of Egypt speaking the language of Ca′naan and swearing to Jehovah of armies. The City of Tearing Down will one [city] be called.
19In that day there will prove to be an altar to Jehovah in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to Jehovah beside its boundary.20And it must prove to be for a sign and for a witness to Jehovah of armies in the land of Egypt; for they will cry out to Jehovah because of the oppressors, and he will send them a savior, even a grand one, who will actually deliver them.21And Jehovah will certainly become known to the Egyptians; and the Egyptians must know Jehovah in that day, and they must render sacrifice and gift and must make a vow to Jehovah and pay it.22And Jehovah will certainly deal Egypt a blow. There will be a dealing of a blow and a healing; and they must return to Jehovah, and he must let himself be entreated by them and must heal them.
23In that day there will come to be a highway out of Egypt to As‧syr′i‧a, and As‧syr′i‧a will actually come into Egypt, and Egypt into As‧syr′i‧a; and they will certainly render service, Egypt with As‧syr′i‧a.24In that day Israel will come to be the third with Egypt and with As‧syr′i‧a, namely, a blessing in the midst of the earth,25because Jehovah of armies will have blessed it, saying: “Blessed be my people, Egypt, and the work of my hands, As‧syr′i‧a, and my inheritance, Israel.”