- The burden of Egypt.
Behold, the LORD rideth upon a swift cloud, and cometh unto Egypt;
and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at His presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt within it.
- And I will spur Egypt against Egypt;
and they shall fight every one against his brother, and everyone against his neighbour;
city against city, and kingdom against kingdom.
- And the spirit of Egypt shall be made empty within it;
and I will make void the counsel thereof;
and they shall seek unto the idols, and to the whisperers, and to the ghosts, and to the familiar spirits.
- And I will give over the Egyptians into the hand of a cruel lord;
and a fierce king shall rule over them, saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts.
- And the waters shall fail from the sea, and the river shall be drained dry,
- And the rivers shall become foul;
the streams of Egypt shall be minished and dried up;
the reeds and flags shall wither.
- The mosses by the Nile, by the brink of the Nile, and all that is sown by the Nile, shall become dry, be driven away, and be no more.
- The fishers also shall lament, and all they that cast angle into the Nile shall mourn, and they that spread nets upon the waters shall languish.
- Moreover they that work in combed flax, and they that weave cotton, shall be ashamed.
- And her foundations shall be crushed, all they that make dams shall be grieved in soul.
- The princes of Zoan are utter fools;
the wisest counsellors of Pharaoh are a senseless counsel;
how can ye say unto Pharaoh: "I am the son of the wise, the son of ancient kings"?
- Where are they, then, thy wise men?
And let them tell thee now;
and let them know what the LORD of hosts hath purposed concerning Egypt.
- The princes of Zoan are become fools, the princes of Noph are deceived;
they have caused Egypt to go astray, that are the corner-stone of her tribes.
- The LORD hath mingled within her a spirit of dizziness;
and they have caused Egypt to stagger in every work thereof, as a drunken man staggereth in his vomit.
- Neither shall there be for Egypt any work, which 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 the LORD of hosts, which He shaketh over it.
- And the land of Judah shall become a terror unto Egypt, whensoever one maketh mention thereof to it;
it shall be afraid, because of the purpose of the LORD of hosts, which He purposeth against it.
- In that day there shall be five cities in the land of Egypt that speak the language of Canaan, and swear to the LORD of hosts;
one shall be called The city of destruction.
- In that day shall there be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to the LORD.
- And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt;
for they shall cry unto the LORD because of the oppressors, and He will send them a saviour, and a defender, who will deliver them.
- And the LORD shall make Himself known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the LORD in that day;
yea, they shall worship with sacrifice and offering, and shall vow a vow unto the LORD, and shall perform it.
- And the LORD will smite Egypt, smiting and healing;
and they shall return unto the LORD, 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 the Egyptians shall worship with the Assyrians.
- In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth;
- for that the LORD of hosts hath blessed him, saying: "Blessed be Egypt My people and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel Mine inheritance."