19 1The burden of Egypt. Behold, Jehovah rideth upon a swift cloud,
and cometh unto Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall tremble at his presence;
and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst of it.
2And I will stir up
the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they shall fight every one against
his brother, and every one against his neighbor; city against city,
and kingdom against kingdom.
3And the spirit of Egypt shall fail
in the midst of it; and I will destroy the counsel thereof: and they shall
seek unto the idols, and to the charmers, and to them that have familiar
spirits, and to the wizards.
4And I will give over the Egyptians into the
hand of a cruel lord; and a fierce king shall rule over them, saith the Lord,
Jehovah of hosts.
5And the waters shall fail from the sea, and the river
shall be wasted and become dry.
6And the rivers shall become foul; the
streams of Egypt shall be diminished and dried up; the reeds and flags shall
7The meadows by the Nile, by the brink of the Nile, and all
the sown fields of the Nile, shall become dry, be driven away, and be no
8And the fishers shall lament, and all they that cast angle into
the Nile shall mourn, and they that spread nets upon the waters shall
9Moreover they that work in combed flax, and they that weave
white cloth, shall be confounded.
10And the pillars of Egypt
shall be broken in pieces; all they that work for hire shall be
grieved in soul.
11The princes of Zoan are utterly foolish; the counsel
of the wisest counsellors of Pharaoh is become brutish: how say ye unto
Pharaoh, I am the son of the wise, the son of ancient kings?
are thy wise men? and let them tell thee now; and let them know what Jehovah
of hosts hath purposed concerning Egypt.
13The princes of Zoan are become
fools, the princes of Memphis are deceived; they have caused Egypt to go
astray, that are the corner-stone of her tribes.
14Jehovah hath mingled a
spirit of perverseness in the midst of her; and they have caused Egypt to go
astray in every work thereof, as a drunken man staggereth in his vomit.
15Neither shall there be for Egypt any work, which head or tail,
palm-branch or rush, may do.
16In that day shall the Egyptians be like
unto women; and they shall tremble and fear because of the shaking of the
hand of Jehovah of hosts, which he shaketh over them.
17And the land of
Judah shall become a terror unto Egypt; every one to whom mention is made
thereof shall be afraid, because of the purpose of Jehovah of hosts, which he
purposeth against it.
18In that day there shall be five cities in the
land of Egypt that speak the language of Canaan, and swear to Jehovah of
hosts; one shall be called The city of destruction.
19In that day shall
there be an altar to Jehovah in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar
at the border thereof to Jehovah.
20And it shall be for a sign and for a
witness unto Jehovah of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they shall cry unto
Jehovah because of oppressors, and he will send them a saviour, and a
defender, and he will deliver them.
21And Jehovah shall be known to
Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know Jehovah in that day; yea, they shall
worship with sacrifice and oblation, and shall vow a vow unto Jehovah, and
shall perform it.
22And Jehovah will smite Egypt, smiting and healing;
and they shall return unto Jehovah, and he will be entreated of them, and
will heal them.
23In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to
Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into
Assyria; and the Egyptians shall worship with the Assyrians.
day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, a blessing in the
midst of the earth;
25for that Jehovah of hosts hath blessed them,
saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and
Israel mine inheritance.