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¶ THE prophecy concerning the fall of Egypt.
Behold, the LORD is riding upon swift clouds, and comes into Egypt;
and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, and the heart of the Egyptians shall melt in the midst of it.
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And I will stir up Egyptian against Egyptian;
and they shall fight every one against his brother, and every one against his neighbor;
city against city, and kingdom against kingdom.
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And the spirit of the Egyptian shall fail in the midst thereof;
and I will blot out their counsel;
and they shall inquire of idols and of the sorcerers and of those who have familiar spirits and of wizards.
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And I will deliver the Egyptians into the hands of the cruel Medes;
and a fierce king shall rule over them, says the LORD of hosts.
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And they shall cut off the water from the sea, and the river shall be wasted and dried up.
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And they shall divert the waters of the rivers, and shall diminish the great rivers;
the reeds and rushes and papyrus shall wither.
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The rushes by the river, and by the mouth of the river, and everything sown by the river shall wither, be driven away, and be no more.
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The fishermen also shall lament, and all who cast hooks into the river shall mourn, and those who spread nets upon the water shall languish.
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Moreover those who work in cotton, and those who comb cotton and weave with joy, shall be confounded.
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And all those who make strong drink for the drinking of the people shall be humiliated.
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Surely the princes of Zoan have become fools, the wise counsellors of King Pharaoh give foolish counsel;
how can you say to Pharaoh, We are wise men, the sons of the ancient kings?
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Where are your wise men?
Let them tell you now, and let them know what the LORD of hosts has purposed against Egypt.
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The princes of Zoan have become fools, the princes of Memphis have become haughty and have deceived Egypt, even the foundation of her families.
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The LORD has mingled a spirit of deceit within her;
and it has caused the Egyptian to err in all his works, as a drunken man staggers in his vomit.
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Neither shall there be any leader for the Egyptians who can make head or tail of it, or tail or head.
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On that day the Egyptian shall be like a woman, and he shall be afraid and tremble because of the shaking of the hand of the LORD of hosts, which he shakes against him.
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And the land of Judah shall be a terror to the Egyptian;
every one who makes mention of it shall be filled with dread because of the counsel of the LORD of hosts which he has determined against the Egyptian.
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¶ In that day there shall be five cities in the land of Egypt which speak the language of Canaan and swear by the LORD of hosts;
one of them shall be called Haris, the city of destruction.
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On that day there shall be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at its border to the LORD.
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And it shall be for a sign and for a witness to the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt;
for they shall cry to the LORD because of the oppressors, and he shall send them a saviour and a judge, and he shall deliver them.
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And the LORD shall be known to the Egyptians, and the Egyptians shall know the LORD in that day, and shall offer sacrifices and oblations;
yea, they shall vow a vow to the LORD and perform it.
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And the LORD shall smite the Egyptians;
he shall smite and heal them;
and they shall return to the LORD, and he shall answer them and shall heal them.
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In that day there shall be a highway from Egypt to Assyria and from Assyria to Egypt, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve the Assyrians.
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In that day Israel shall be the third with Egyptians and with Assyrians, even a blessing in the midst of the land,
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Whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people and Assyria the work of my hands and Israel my heritage.