30 The destruction of Egypt and the cities thereof.

The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying,

Son of man, prophesy, and say, Thus saith the Lord God, Howl and cry, Woe be unto this day.

For the day is near, and the day of the Lord is at hand, a cloudy day, and it shall be the time of the heathen.

And the sword shall come upon Egypt, and fear shall be in Ethiopia, when the slain shall fall in Egypt, when they shall take away her multitude, and when her foundations shall be broken down.

[a]Ethiopia and Put, and Lud, and all the common people, and Chub, and the men of the land, that is in league, shall fall with them by the sword.

Thus saith the Lord, They also that maintain Egypt, shall fall, and the pride of her power shall come down: from the tower of [b]Syene shall they fall by the sword, saith the Lord God.

And they shall be desolate in the midst of the countries that are desolate, and her cities shall be in the midst of the cities that are wasted.

And they shall know that I am the Lord, when I have set a fire in Egypt, and when all her helpers shall be destroyed.

In that day shall there messengers go forth from me in ships, to make the careless Moors afraid, and fear shall come upon them, as in the day of Egypt: for lo, it cometh.

10 Thus saith the Lord God, I will also make the multitude of Egypt to cease by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babel.

11 For he and his people with him, even the terrible nations shall be brought to destroy the land: and they shall draw their swords against Egypt, and fill the land with the slain.

12 And I will make the rivers dry, and sell the land into the hands of the wicked, and I will make the land waste, and all that therein is by the hands of strangers: I the Lord have spoken it.

13 Thus saith the Lord God, I will also destroy the idols, and I will cause their idols to cease out of [c]Noph, and there shall be no more a prince of the land of Egypt, and I will send a fear in the land of Egypt.

14 And I will make Pathros desolate, and will set fire in [d]Zoan, and I will execute judgment in No.

15 And I will pour my wrath upon [e]Sin, which is the strength of Egypt: and I will destroy the multitude of [f]No.

16 And I will set fire in Egypt: Sin shall have great sorrow, and No shall be destroyed, and Noph shall have sorrows daily.

17 The young men of [g]Aven, and of [h]Pi Beseth shall fall by the sword: and these cities shall go into captivity.

18 At Tehaphnehes the day [i]shall restrain his light, when I shall break there the [j]bars of Egypt: and when the pomp of her power shall cease in her, the cloud shall cover her, and her daughters shall go into captivity.

19 Thus will I execute judgments in Egypt, and they shall know that I am the Lord.

20 ¶ And in the [k]eleventh year, in the first month, and in the seventh day of the month, the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

21 Son of man, [l]I have broken the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt: and lo, it shall not be bound up to be healed, neither shall they put a roll to bind it, and so make it strong to hold the sword.

22 Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I come against Pharaoh King of Egypt, and will break [m]his arm that was strong, but is broken, and I will cause the sword to fall out of his hand.

23 And I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and will disperse them through the countries.

24 And I will strengthen the arm of the king of Babel, and put my sword in his hand, but I will break Pharaoh’s arms, and he shall cast out sighings, as the sighings of him that is wounded before him.

25 But I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babel, and the arms of Pharaoh shall fall down, and they shall know, that I am the Lord, [n]when I shall put my sword into the hand of the king of Babel, and he shall stretch it out upon the land of Egypt.

26 And I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and disperse them among the countries, and they shall know, that I am the Lord.

Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 30:5 By Put and Lud are meant Africa and Libya.
  2. Ezekiel 30:6 Which was a strong city of Egypt, Ezek. 29:10.
  3. Ezekiel 30:13 Or, Memphis, or Cairo.
  4. Ezekiel 30:14 Or, Tanis.
  5. Ezekiel 30:15 Or, Pelusium.
  6. Ezekiel 30:15 Or, Alexandria.
  7. Ezekiel 30:17 Or, Heliopolis.
  8. Ezekiel 30:17 Or, Pubastum.
  9. Ezekiel 30:18 Meaning, that there shall be great sorrow and affliction.
  10. Ezekiel 30:18 That is, the strength and force.
  11. Ezekiel 30:20 Of the captivity of Jeconiah, or of Zedekiah’s reign.
  12. Ezekiel 30:21 For Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Pharaoh Necho at Carchemish, Jer. 46:26.
  13. Ezekiel 30:22 His force and power.
  14. Ezekiel 30:25 Whereby we see that tyrants have no power of themselves, neither can do anymore harm than God appointeth, and when he will they must cease.

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