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Ezekiel 30:1-26

30  And Jehovah’s word came to me 2  “Man, prophesy and say ‘Says the Lord Jehovah, Howl! O, O, what a day! 3  for a day is at hand, Jehovah has a day at hand, that will be a clouded day, an era of nations. 4  And warfare will come into Egypt, and there will be hysterics in Nubia when dying men are falling in Egypt; and they will lay hands on its affluence, and its foundations will be demolished. 5*  Nubia and Put and Lud and all the foreign-born population and the Libyans and the sons of Crete will fall by the sword with them. 6  “‘Says the Lord Jehovah, And Egypt’s defenders will fall and the pride of her strength go down; from Migdol to Aswan they will fall by the sword in it, quoth the Lord Jehovah; 7  and it will stand desolate in the midst of desolate countries, and its cities will be in the midst of waste cities; 8  and they shall know that I am Jehovah when I put fire to Egypt and all her helpers are broken. 9  On that day messengers will go out from my presence, hurrying to strike panic into the unsuspecting Nubians, and there will be hysterics among them on Egypt’s day—for here it comes! 10  “‘Says the Lord Jehovah, And I will put an end to Egypt’s multitudes by the hands of King Nebucadnessar of Babylon: 11  he and his men with him, harshest among the nations, are brought in to ravage the country and shall bare their swords against Egypt and fill the country with bleeding bodies. 12  And I will make branches of the Nile a dry region, and will sell the country into the hands of evil-minded men, and by strangers’ hands I will desolate the country and all it holds; I Jehovah have spoken. 13**  “‘Says the Lord Jehovah, And I will destroy magnates out of Memphis, and there shall not again be a prince out of Egypt, and I will put fear in Egypt 14*  and make Pathros stand aghast, and I will put fire in Soan and execute judgments on Thebes. 15  And I will pour out my ire on Sin, Egypt’s citadel, and sweep away the multitudes of Thebes 16**  and put fire to Egypt. Aswan will be utterly unmanned, and Thebes will come to be breached and Memphis to be laid desolate; 17*  the young men of On and Pi-Bast will fall by the sword, and the cities will go off into foreign slavery. 18*  And at Tehaphnehes the day shall turn dark when I break Egypt’s batons there; and the pride of its strength shall come to an end; a cloud shall cover it, and its daughters shall go off into foreign slavery. 19  And I will execute judgments on Egypt, and they shall know that I am Jehovah.’” 20*  And in the year eleven, in the first month, on the seventh of the month, Jehovah’s word came to me 21  “Man, I have broken the arm of the Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, and it has not been dressed by putting on medicines and applying a bandage that it may grow strong to wield a sword. 22  So the Lord Jehovah says, Have at the Pharaoh, the king of Egypt! I will break his arms, the sound one and the broken one, and make the sword drop from his hand; 23  and I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations and sprinkle them through the countries; 24  and I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon and put my sword in his hand, and break the Pharaoh’s arms, and he shall utter groans like a mortally wounded man’s before him. 25  And I will give strength to the arms of the king of Babylon, and the Pharaoh’s arms shall drop down; and they shall know that I am Jehovah when I put my sword in the hands of the king of Babylon and he stretches it out toward Egypt. 26  And I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations and sprinkle them through the countries; and they shall know that I am Jehovah.”

Footnotes

30:5 Codd. the sons of the treaty-country
30:13 Var. destroy trumpery gods and make an end of fetishes out of
30:13 Var. omits put fear in Egypt and
30:14 Or lay Pathros desolate
30:16 Var. Sin will
30:16 Codd. Memphis foes by day; the
30:17 Lit. they themselves will go Conj. their maidens will go
30:18 Or Egypt’s staffs Var.* Egypt’s oxbows
30:20 Conj. year thirty-one