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Ezekiel 29:4-6 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

[a]I will put hooks in your jaws
    and make all the fish of your Nile
Cling to your scales;
    I will drag you up from your Nile,
With all the fish of your Nile
    clinging to your scales.
I will hurl you into the wilderness,
    you and all the fish of your Nile.
You will fall into an open field,
    you will not be picked up or gathered together.
To the beasts of the earth
    and the birds of the sky
    I give you as food.
Then all the inhabitants of Egypt
    will know that I am the Lord.
Because you were a staff of reeds[b]
    for the house of Israel:


  1. 29:4–5 Ezekiel’s repetition of detail creates a vivid picture of Egypt’s destruction: God hauls the crocodile (Pharaoh) and the fish clinging to it for protection (the Egyptian populace) out of the Nile and lands them in an open field, where their corpses are torn apart by wildlife rather than being properly buried (cf. Dt 28:26; 2 Kgs 9:36–37; Jer 34:20; Ez 39:17–20).
  2. 29:6 Staff of reeds: Pharaoh is like a reed that looks sturdy but breaks under pressure. For a similar image, cf. 2 Kgs 18:21 (Is 36:6).
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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