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Those Who Support Egypt Will Fall

30 The word of Yahweh came again to me saying, “Son of man, prophesy and say, ‘Thus says Lord Yahweh,

(A)Wail, ‘Alas for the day!’
For the day is near,
Even (B)the day of Yahweh is near;
It will be a day of (C)clouds,
A time of doom for the nations.
A sword will come upon Egypt,
And anguish will be in [a]Ethiopia;
When the slain fall in Egypt,
They (D)take away her multitude,
And her foundations are pulled down.

[b]Ethiopia, Put, Lud, all [c](E)Arabia, [d]Libya, and the [e]people of the land [f]that is in covenant will fall with them by the sword.”

‘Thus says Yahweh,

“Indeed, those who support (F)Egypt will fall,
And the pride of her strength will come down;
From Migdol to Syene
They will fall within her by the sword,”
Declares Lord Yahweh.
“They will be desolate
In the (G)midst of the desolated lands;
And her cities will be
In the midst of the cities laid waste.
And they will (H)know that I am Yahweh,
When I set a (I)fire in Egypt
And all her helpers are broken.

On that day (J)messengers will go forth from Me in ships to frighten (K)secure [g]Ethiopia; and (L)anguish will be on them as on the day of Egypt; for behold, it is coming!”

10 ‘Thus says Lord Yahweh,

(M)I will also make the multitude of Egypt cease
By the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.
11 He and his people with him,
(N)The most ruthless of the nations,
Will be brought in to make the land a ruin;
And they will draw their swords against Egypt
And fill the land with the slain.
12 Moreover, I will make the (O)canals of the Nile dry
And (P)sell the land into the hands of evil men.
And I will make the land desolate,
As well as its fullness,
By the hand of strangers; I, Yahweh, have spoken.”

13 ‘Thus says Lord Yahweh,

“I will also (Q)destroy the idols
And make the [h]images cease from [i](R)Memphis.
And there will no longer be a prince in the land of Egypt;
And I will put fear in the land of Egypt.
14 I will make (S)Pathros desolate,
Set a fire in (T)Zoan,
And execute judgments on [j](U)Thebes.
15 I will pour out My wrath on [k]Sin,
The strong defense of Egypt;
I will also cut off the multitude of [l]Thebes.
16 I will set a fire in Egypt;
[m]Sin will writhe in anguish;
[n]Thebes will be breached,
And [o]Memphis will have [p]distresses daily.
17 The choice men of [q](V)On and of Pi-beseth
Will fall by the sword,
And [r]the women will go into captivity.
18 In (W)Tehaphnehes the day will [s]be (X)dark
When I (Y)break there the bars of the yoke of Egypt.
Then the pride of her strength will cease in her;
A cloud will cover her,
And her daughters will go into captivity.
19 Thus I will (Z)execute judgments on Egypt,
And they will know that I am Yahweh.”’”

Yahweh Scatters the Egyptians

20 In the (AA)eleventh year, in the first month, on the seventh of the month, the word of Yahweh came to me saying, 21 “Son of man, I have (AB)broken the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and behold, it has not been (AC)bound up to be given healing [t]or wrapped with a bandage, that it may be strong to seize the sword. 22 Therefore thus says Lord Yahweh, ‘Behold, I am (AD)against Pharaoh king of Egypt and will break his arms, both the strong and the (AE)broken; and I will make the sword (AF)fall from his hand. 23 I will (AG)scatter the Egyptians among the nations and disperse them among the lands. 24 For I will (AH)strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon and put (AI)My sword in his hand; and I will break the arms of Pharaoh so that he will groan before him with the groanings of a wounded man. 25 Thus I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, but the arms of Pharaoh will fall. Then they will know that I am Yahweh, when I put My sword into the hand of the king of Babylon and he (AJ)stretches it out against the land of Egypt. 26 When I scatter the Egyptians among the nations and disperse them among the lands, then they will know that I am Yahweh.’”


  1. Ezekiel 30:4 Or Cush, cf. Gen 10:6
  2. Ezekiel 30:5 Or Cush, cf. Gen 10:6
  3. Ezekiel 30:5 Or the mixed people
  4. Ezekiel 30:5 Or Cub
  5. Ezekiel 30:5 Lit sons
  6. Ezekiel 30:5 Lit of
  7. Ezekiel 30:9 Or Cush, cf. Gen 10:6
  8. Ezekiel 30:13 Or futile ones
  9. Ezekiel 30:13 Heb Noph
  10. Ezekiel 30:14 Heb No
  11. Ezekiel 30:15 Or Pelusium
  12. Ezekiel 30:15 Heb No
  13. Ezekiel 30:16 Or Pelusium
  14. Ezekiel 30:16 Heb No
  15. Ezekiel 30:16 Heb Noph
  16. Ezekiel 30:16 Or adversaries
  17. Ezekiel 30:17 Heb Aven
  18. Ezekiel 30:17 Lit they
  19. Ezekiel 30:18 As in many mss and ancient versions; M.T. restrain
  20. Ezekiel 30:21 Lit to put a bandage, to wrap it