A Lament for Egypt

Ezekiel 30

1 The word of the LORD came to me again, saying,

2 "Son of man, prophesy and say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD:
a "Wail, 'Woe to the day!'
3 For b the day is near,
Even the day of the LORD is near;
It will be a day of clouds, the time of the Gentiles.
4 The sword shall come upon Egypt,
And great anguish shall be in 1 Ethiopia,
When the slain fall in Egypt,
And they c take away her wealth,
And d her foundations are broken down.

5 "Ethiopia, 2 Libya, 3 Lydia, e all the mingled people, Chub, and the men of the lands who are allied, shall fall with them by the sword."

6 'Thus says the LORD:
"Those who uphold Egypt shall fall,
And the pride of her power shall come down.
f From 4 Migdol to Syene
Those within her shall fall by the sword,"
Says the Lord GOD.
7 "They g shall be desolate in the midst of the desolate countries,
And her cities shall be in the midst of the cities that are laid waste.
8 Then they will know that I am the LORD,
When I have set a fire in Egypt
And all her helpers are destroyed.

9 On that day h messengers shall go forth from Me in ships
To make the 5 careless Ethiopians afraid,
And great anguish shall come upon them,
As on the day of Egypt;
For indeed it is coming!"

10 'Thus says the Lord GOD:
i "I will also make a multitude of Egypt to cease
By the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.
11 He and his people with him, j the most terrible of the nations,
Shall be brought to destroy the land;
They shall draw their swords against Egypt,
And fill the land with the slain.
12 k I will make the rivers dry,
And l sell the land into the hand of the wicked;
I will make the land waste, and all that is in it,
By the hand of aliens.
I, the LORD, have spoken."

13 'Thus says the Lord GOD:
"I will also m destroy the idols,
And cause the images to cease from 6 Noph; 7
n There shall no longer be princes from the land of Egypt;
o I will put fear in the land of Egypt.
14 I will make p Pathros desolate,
Set fire to q Zoan,
r And execute judgments in 8 No. 9
15 I will pour My fury on 10 Sin, 11 the strength of Egypt;
s I will cut off the multitude of 12 No,
16 And t set a fire in Egypt;
Sin shall have great pain,
No shall be split open,
And Noph shall be in distress daily.
17 The young men of 13 Aven 14 and Pi Beseth shall fall by the sword,
And these cities shall go into captivity.
18 u At 15 Tehaphnehes the day shall also be 16 darkened,
When I break the yokes of Egypt there.
And her arrogant strength shall cease in her;
As for her, a cloud shall cover her,
And her daughters shall go into captivity.
19 Thus I will v execute judgments on Egypt,
Then they shall know that I am the LORD." ' "

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