1The burden of Egypt: “Behold, Yahweh rides on a swift cloud, and
comes to Egypt. The idols of Egypt will tremble at his presence; and the
heart of Egypt will melt in its midst.
2I will stir up the
Egyptians against the Egyptians, and they will fight everyone against his
brother, and everyone against his neighbor; city against city, and
kingdom against kingdom.
3The spirit of Egypt will fail in its midst.
I will destroy its counsel. They will seek the idols,
the charmers, those who have familiar spirits, and the
4I will give over the Egyptians into the hand of a cruel lord.
A fierce king will rule over them,” says the Lord, Yahweh of Armies.
5The waters will fail from the sea, and the river will be wasted and
6The rivers will become foul. The streams of Egypt will be
diminished and dried up. The reeds and flags will wither away.
meadows by the Nile, by the brink of the Nile, and all the sown fields of the
Nile, will become dry, be driven away, and be no more.
will lament, and all those who fish in the Nile will mourn, and
those who spread nets on the waters will languish.
9Moreover those who
work in combed flax, and those who weave white cloth, will be confounded.
10The pillars will be broken in pieces. All those who
work for hire will be grieved in soul.
11The princes of Zoan are
utterly foolish. The counsel of the wisest counselors of Pharaoh has become
stupid. How do you say to Pharaoh, “I am the son of the wise, the son of
12Where then are your wise men? Let them tell you now;
and let them know what Yahweh of Armies has purposed concerning Egypt.
13The princes of Zoan have become fools. The princes of Memphis are
deceived. They have caused Egypt to go astray, who are the cornerstone of
14Yahweh has mixed a spirit of perverseness in the midst of
her; and they have caused Egypt to go astray in all of its works, like a
drunken man staggers in his vomit.
15Neither shall there be for Egypt any
work, which head or tail, palm branch or rush, may do.
16In that day
the Egyptians will be like women. They will tremble and fear because of
the shaking of the hand of Yahweh of Armies, which he shakes over them.
17The land of Judah will become a terror to Egypt. Everyone to whom
mention is made of it will be afraid, because of the plans of Yahweh of
Armies, which he determines against it.
18In that day, there will be five
cities in the land of Egypt that speak the language of Canaan, and swear to
Yahweh of Armies. One will be called “The city of destruction.”
day, there will be an altar to Yahweh in the midst of the land of Egypt, and
a pillar to Yahweh at its border.
20It will be for a sign and for
a witness to Yahweh of Armies in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to
Yahweh because of oppressors, and he will send them a savior and a defender,
and he will deliver them.
21Yahweh will be known to Egypt, and the
Egyptians will know Yahweh in that day. Yes, they will worship with
sacrifice and offering, and will vow a vow to Yahweh, and will perform it.
22Yahweh will strike Egypt, striking and healing. They will return to
Yahweh, and he will be entreated by them, and will heal them.
day there will be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall
come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria; and the Egyptians will
worship with the Assyrians.
24In that day, Israel will be the third with
Egypt and with Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth;
Yahweh of Armies has blessed them, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people,
Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance.”