- The burden of Egypt.
Behold, Jehovah rideth upon a swift cloud, and cometh to Egypt;
and the idols of Egypt are moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt melteth in the midst of it.
- And I will incite the Egyptians against the Egyptians;
and they shall fight every one against his brother, and every one against his neighbour;
city against city, kingdom against kingdom.
- And 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 unto the conjurers, and unto the necromancers, and unto the soothsayers.
- And the Egyptians will I give over into the hand of a cruel lord, and a fierce king shall rule over them, saith the Lord, Jehovah of hosts.
- And the waters shall fail from the sea, and the river shall be wasted and dried up;
- and the rivers shall stink, and the streams of Egypt shall be diminished and drain away: the reeds and sedges shall wither.
- The meadows by the Nile, on the banks of the Nile, and everything sown by the Nile, shall be dried up, be driven away, and be no [more].
- And the fishers shall mourn, and all they that cast fish-hook into the Nile shall lament, and they that spread net upon the waters shall languish.
- And they that work in fine flax, and they that weave white stuffs shall be ashamed.
- And her pillars shall be broken in pieces, and all workers for hire shall be sad of soul.
- They are but fools, the princes of Zoan, the wise counsellors of Pharaoh: [their] counsel is become senseless.
How say ye unto Pharaoh, I am the son of the wise, the son of ancient kings?
- Where are they then, thy wise [men]?
Let them now tell thee, and let them make known what Jehovah of hosts hath purposed upon Egypt.
- The princes of Zoan are become foolish, the princes of Noph are deceived;
and the corner-stones of its tribes have caused Egypt to err.
- Jehovah hath mingled a spirit of perverseness in the midst thereof;
and they have caused Egypt to err in every work thereof, as a drunkard staggereth in his vomit.
- Neither shall there be any work for Egypt, which the head or tail, palm-branch or rush, may do.
- In that day shall Egypt be like unto women;
and it shall tremble and fear because of the shaking of the hand of Jehovah of hosts, which he shaketh over it.
- And the land of Judah shall be a dismay unto Egypt: every one that thinketh of it shall be afraid for himself, because of the counsel of Jehovah of hosts, which he hath purposed against it.
- In that day shall there be five cities in the land of Egypt speaking the language of Canaan, and swearing by Jehovah of hosts: one shall be called, The city of Heres.
- In 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:
- and it shall be for a sign and for a witness to Jehovah of hosts in the land of Egypt;
for they shall cry unto Jehovah because of the oppressors, and he will send them a saviour and defender, who shall deliver them.
- And Jehovah shall be known to the Egyptians, and the Egyptians shall know Jehovah in that day, and shall serve with sacrifice and oblation;
and they shall vow a vow unto Jehovah, and perform it.
- And Jehovah will smite Egypt;
he will smite and heal: and they shall return to Jehovah, and he will be entreated of them, and will heal them.
- In 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 Egypt shall serve with Assyria.
- In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth;
- whom Jehovah of hosts will bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance!