Isaiah 19

An Oracle Concerning Egypt

1 The a burden 1 against Egypt.
Behold, the LORD b rides on a swift cloud,
And will come into Egypt;
c The idols of Egypt will 2 totter at His presence,
And the heart of Egypt will melt in its midst.
2 "I will d set Egyptians against Egyptians;
Everyone will fight against his brother,
And everyone against his neighbor,
City against city, kingdom against kingdom.
3 The spirit of Egypt will fail in its midst;
I will destroy their counsel,
And they will e consult the idols and the charmers,
The mediums and the sorcerers.
4 And the Egyptians I will give
f Into the hand of a cruel master,
And a fierce king will rule over them,"
Says the Lord, the LORD of hosts.

5 g The waters will fail from the sea,
And the river will be wasted and dried up.
6 The rivers will turn foul;
The brooks h of defense will be emptied and dried up;
The reeds and rushes will wither.
7 The papyrus reeds by 3 the River, by the mouth of the River,
And everything sown by the River, 4
Will wither, be driven away, and be no more.
8 The fishermen also will mourn;
All those will lament who cast hooks into the River,
And they will languish who spread nets on the waters.
9 Moreover those who work in i fine flax
And those who weave fine fabric will be ashamed;
10 And its foundations will be broken.
All who make wages will be troubled of soul.

11 Surely the princes of j Zoan are fools;
Pharaoh's wise counselors give foolish counsel.
k How do you say to Pharaoh, "I am the son of the wise,
The son of ancient kings?"
12 l Where are they?
Where are your wise men?
Let them tell you now,
And let them know what the LORD of hosts has m purposed against Egypt.
13 The princes of Zoan have become fools;
n The princes of 5 Noph 6 are deceived;
They have also 7 deluded Egypt,
Those who are the 8 mainstay of its tribes.
14 The LORD has mingled o a perverse spirit in her midst;
And they have caused Egypt to err in all her work,
As a drunken man staggers in his vomit.
15 Neither will there be any work for Egypt,
Which p the head or tail,
Palm branch or bulrush, may do. 9

Egypt, Assyria, Israel Blessed

16 In that day Egypt will q be like women, and will be afraid and fear because of the waving of the hand of the LORD of hosts, r which He waves over it. 17 And the land of Judah will be a terror to Egypt; everyone who makes mention of it will be afraid in himself, because of the counsel of the LORD of hosts which He has s determined against it.

18 In that day five cities in the land of Egypt will t speak the language of Canaan and u swear by the LORD of hosts; one will be called the City of 10 Destruction.

19 In that day v there will be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the w LORD at its border. 20 And x it will be for a sign and for a witness to the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the LORD because of the oppressors, and He will send them a y Savior and a Mighty One, and He will deliver them. 21 Then the LORD will be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will z know the LORD in that day, and a will make sacrifice and offering; yes, they will make a vow to the LORD and perform it. 22 And the LORD will strike Egypt, He will strike and b heal it; they will return to the LORD, and He will be entreated by them and heal them.

23 In that day c there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian will come into Egypt and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians will d serve with the Assyrians.

24 In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria - a blessing in the midst of the land, 25 whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, "Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria e the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance."

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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