An Oracle Concerning Egypt

Isaiah 19

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

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