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Ezekiel 32:1-32

32*  And in the year twelve, in the twelfth month, on the first of the month, Jehovah’s word came to me 2**  “Man, strike up a dirge over the Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, and say to him ‘Lion of nations, your end has come! And you are like a crocodile in the seas, you have been spouting with your nostrils, muddying water with your feet, trampling the rivers of it. 3  Says the Lord Jehovah, And I will spread my meshes over you with a gang of many nations, and they shall bring you up in my net; 4  and I will fling you out on the ground, toss you out on the open range, and have all the birds of the air light on you and give the wild beasts of all the earth a full meal of you; 5  I will put your flesh on the mountains and fill the valleys with your rottenness 6  and water earth with what runs from you out of your blood over the mountains, and gorges shall be filled out of you. 7  And in your extinction I will cover up the sky and blacken its stars; the sun I will cover up with a cloud, and the moon shall not give its light; 8  all the orbs of light I will blacken in the sky for you, and give darkness over your land, quoth the Lord Jehovah. 9*  And I will dishearten many peoples when I bring your people as slaves among the nations, to countries that you never knew; 10  and I will make many peoples stand aghast over you, and their kings shall feel their flesh creep at the thought of you when I brandish my sword in their faces, and they shall tremble each for his own life on the day of your fall. 11  “‘For the Lord Jehovah says, The sword of the king of Babylon shall come to you. 12  I will have your multitudes felled by the swords of warriors, all of them the most ruthless of nations; and they will make a clean sweep of Egypt’s pride, and its multitudes shall be made away with. 13  And I will destroy all its cattle from beside abundant water, and foot of man shall not roil this again, neither shall hoof of beast. 14  Then I will lower their water and have their rivers go like oil, quoth the Lord Jehovah. 15*  When I make Egypt a desolation and a country stands desolate of all it had in it, and I strike down all that lived in it, they shall know that I am Jehovah.’ 16  “It is a dirge, you shall sing it as such, and the daughters of the nations shall so sing it; over Egypt and over all its multitudes they shall sing it as dirge, quoth the Lord Jehovah.” 17*  And in the year twelve, in the first month, on the fifteenth of the month, Jehovah’s word came to me 18*  “Man, lament over Egypt’s multitudes and send her down, you and the daughters of grand nations, to the underground land with those who are down in the Pit: 19*  ‘Are you lovelier than anybody else? go down and be laid with uncircumcised men.’ 20*  In the midst of men stabbed down with swords they shall fall, and he and all his multitudes shall be dragged off. 21  Leaders of champions shall speak to him out of the middle of the realm of death, with his helpers; the uncircumcised men, stabbed down with swords, have gone down, lain down. 22*  Assyria is there, and all her assemblage in graves around her, all of them stabbed down, men fallen by the sword, 23  she whose graves are put deep in the Pit and who has her assemblage around her grave, all of them stabbed down, fallen by the sword, who had spread dismay in the land of the living. 24  ʽElam is there and all her host around her grave, all of them stabbed down, men fallen by the sword, who went down uncircumcised to the underground world, who had spread their dismay in the land of the living and who carry their disgrace with those who are down in the Pit. 25  In the midst of men stabbed down with swords they have made a bed for her with the graves of all her host around it, all of them uncircumcised, stabbed down with swords, because their dismay had been spread in the land of the living, and they carry their disgrace with those who are down in the Pit, they are put in the midst of men stabbed down. 26  Moshc-Tubal is there and all her host around her grave, all of them uncircumcised, stabbed down with swords, because they had spread their dismay in the land of the living. 27**  And they do not lie with ancient hero Nephilim who went down to the realm of death with their panoply of war, and they put their swords under their heads and they had their shields over their bones, because there had been dismay at their exploits in the land of the living. 28**  And you yourself shall be broken in the midst of uncircumcised men and lie with men stabbed down with swords. 29*  Edom goes there, her kings and all her princes, who in their might were put with men stabbed down with swords; they shall lie with uncircumcised men and with those who are down in the Pit. 30  The dukes of the North all go there, and all the Phenicians, who have gone down with stabbed men for the dismay they had caused by their might, in shame, and have lain down uncircumcised with men stabbed down with swords, and carry their disgrace with those who are down in the Pit. 31*  Them the Pharaoh will see and take comfort over all his multitudes, quoth the Lord Jehovah, 32  because he has spread his dismay in the land of the living and is laid in the midst of uncircumcised men with men stabbed down with swords, the Pharaoh and all his multitudes, quoth the Lord Jehovah.”

Footnotes

32:1 Conj. year thirty-one
32:2 (Lion of nations) Susp.
32:2 Codd. spouting in your rivers
32:9 Var. bring your wreck among
32:15 Var. and I disperse all
32:17 Conj. year thirty-two
32:18 Codd. her and the daughters
32:19 Lit. Than whom are you lovelier?
32:20 (last part) Susp.
32:22 Codd. her assemblage, its (the assemblage’s) graves around it (the assemblage) Var. omits these words
32:27 Codd.* with heroes fallen of old who
32:27 Codd. had their guilts over their bones
32:28 Conj. shall be buried
32:28 Var. yourself shall lie in the midst of uncircumcised men with
32:29-30 Conj. that these two verses, if not more, do not belong here
32:31 Var. multitudes; stabbed down with swords are the Pharaoh and all his forces, quoth or multitudes, men stabbed down with swords, the Pharaoh and all his forces, quoth