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Ezekiel 29:2-5 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

“Son of man,[a] look toward Pharaoh, king of Egypt. Speak for me against him and Egypt. Say, ‘This is what the Lord God says:

“‘I am against you, Pharaoh, king of Egypt.
    You are the great monster[b] lying beside the Nile River.
You say, “This is my river!
    I made this river!”

4-5 “‘But I will put hooks in your jaws.
    The fish in the Nile River will stick to your scales.
I will pull you and your fish up
    out of your rivers and onto the dry land.
You will fall on the ground,
    and no one will pick you up or bury you.
I will give you to the wild animals and birds.
    You will be their food.


  1. Ezekiel 29:2 Son of man This was usually just a way of saying “a person” or “a human being.” Here, it is a way of addressing Ezekiel. Also in verse 18.
  2. Ezekiel 29:3 great monster There were ancient stories about a sea monster that fought against God. The prophets called Egypt that sea monster many times. But here, this might mean the crocodiles that rest on the banks of the Nile River.
Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

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