11 The foot of neither man nor beast will pass through it; no one will live there for forty years.(A) 12 I will make the land of Egypt desolate(B) among devastated lands, and her cities will lie desolate forty years among ruined cities. And I will disperse the Egyptians among the nations and scatter them through the countries.(C)

13 “‘Yet this is what the Sovereign Lord says: At the end of forty years I will gather the Egyptians from the nations where they were scattered. 14 I will bring them back from captivity and return them to Upper Egypt,(D) the land of their ancestry. There they will be a lowly(E) kingdom.(F) 15 It will be the lowliest of kingdoms and will never again exalt itself above the other nations.(G) I will make it so weak that it will never again rule over the nations. 16 Egypt will no longer be a source of confidence(H) for the people of Israel but will be a reminder(I) of their sin in turning to her for help.(J) Then they will know that I am the Sovereign Lord.(K)’”

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