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Ezekiel 30 New Century Version (NCV)

Egypt Will Be Punished

30 The Lord spoke his word to me, saying: “Human, prophesy and say, ‘This is what the Lord God says:

Cry and say,
    “The terrible day is coming.”
The day is near;
    the Lord’s day of judging is near.
It is a cloudy day
    and a time when the nations will be judged.
An enemy will attack Egypt,
    and Cush will tremble with fear.
When the killing begins in Egypt,
    her wealth will be taken away,
    and her foundations will be torn down.

Cush, Put, Lydia, Arabia, Libya, and some of my people who had made an agreement with Egypt will fall dead in war.

“‘This is what the Lord says:

Those who fight on Egypt’s side will fall.
    The power she is proud of will be lost.
The people in Egypt will fall dead in war
    from Migdol in the north to Aswan in the south,
    says the Lord God.
They will be the most deserted lands.
    Egypt’s cities will be the worst of cities that lie in ruins.
Then they will know that I am the Lord
    when I set fire to Egypt
    and when all those nations on her side are crushed.

“‘At that time I will send messengers in ships to frighten Cush, which now feels safe. The people of Cush will tremble with fear when Egypt is punished. And that time is sure to come.

10 “‘This is what the Lord God says:

I will destroy great numbers of people in Egypt
    through the power of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.
11 Nebuchadnezzar and his army,
    the cruelest army of any nation,
    will be brought in to destroy the land.
They will pull out their swords against Egypt
    and will fill the land with those they kill.
12 I will make the streams of the Nile River become dry land,
    and then I will sell the land to evil people.
I will destroy the land and everything in it
    through the power of foreigners.

I, the Lord, have spoken.

Egypt’s Idols Are Destroyed

13 “‘This is what the Lord God says:

I will destroy the idols
    and take away the statues of gods from the city of Memphis.
There will no longer be a leader in Egypt,
    and I will spread fear through the land of Egypt.
14 I will make southern Egypt empty
    and start a fire in Zoan
    and punish Thebes.
15 And I will pour out my anger against Pelusium,
    the strong place of Egypt.
    I will destroy great numbers of people in Thebes.
16 I will set fire to Egypt.
    Pelusium will be in great pain.
The walls of Thebes will be broken open,
    and Memphis will have troubles every day.
17 The young men of Heliopolis and Bubastis
    will fall dead in war,
    and the people will be taken away as captives.
18 In Tahpanhes the day will be dark
    when I break Egypt’s power.
    Then she will no longer be proud of her power.
A cloud will cover Egypt,
    and her villages will be captured and taken away.
19 So I will punish Egypt,
    and they will know I am the Lord.’”

Egypt Becomes Weak

20 It was in the eleventh year of our captivity, in the first month, on the seventh day of the month. The Lord spoke his word to me, saying: 21 “Human, I have broken the powerful arm of the king of Egypt. It has not been tied up, so it will not get well. It has not been wrapped with a bandage, so it will not be strong enough to hold a sword in war. 22 So this is what the Lord God says: I am against the king of Egypt. I will break his arms, both the strong arm and the broken arm, and I will make the sword fall from his hand. 23 I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, spreading them among the countries. 24 I will make the arms of the king of Babylon strong and put my sword in his hand. But I will break the arms of the king of Egypt. Then when he faces the king of Babylon, he will cry out in pain like a dying person. 25 So I will make the arms of the king of Babylon strong, but the arms of the king of Egypt will fall. Then people will know that I am the Lord when I put my sword into the hand of the king of Babylon and he uses it in war against Egypt. 26 Then I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, spreading them among the countries. Then they will know that I am the Lord.”

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Ezekiel 30 New International Version (NIV)

A Lament Over Egypt

30 The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, prophesy and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“‘Wail and say,
    “Alas for that day!”
For the day is near,
    the day of the Lord is near—
a day of clouds,
    a time of doom for the nations.
A sword will come against Egypt,
    and anguish will come upon Cush.[a]
When the slain fall in Egypt,
    her wealth will be carried away
    and her foundations torn down.

Cush and Libya, Lydia and all Arabia, Kub and the people of the covenant land will fall by the sword along with Egypt.

“‘This is what the Lord says:

“‘The allies of Egypt will fall
    and her proud strength will fail.
From Migdol to Aswan
    they will fall by the sword within her,
declares the Sovereign Lord.
“‘They will be desolate
    among desolate lands,
and their cities will lie
    among ruined cities.
Then they will know that I am the Lord,
    when I set fire to Egypt
    and all her helpers are crushed.

“‘On that day messengers will go out from me in ships to frighten Cush out of her complacency. Anguish will take hold of them on the day of Egypt’s doom, for it is sure to come.

10 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“‘I will put an end to the hordes of Egypt
    by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.
11 He and his army—the most ruthless of nations
    will be brought in to destroy the land.
They will draw their swords against Egypt
    and fill the land with the slain.
12 I will dry up the waters of the Nile
    and sell the land to an evil nation;
by the hand of foreigners
    I will lay waste the land and everything in it.

I the Lord have spoken.

13 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“‘I will destroy the idols
    and put an end to the images in Memphis.
No longer will there be a prince in Egypt,
    and I will spread fear throughout the land.
14 I will lay waste Upper Egypt,
    set fire to Zoan
    and inflict punishment on Thebes.
15 I will pour out my wrath on Pelusium,
    the stronghold of Egypt,
    and wipe out the hordes of Thebes.
16 I will set fire to Egypt;
    Pelusium will writhe in agony.
Thebes will be taken by storm;
    Memphis will be in constant distress.
17 The young men of Heliopolis and Bubastis
    will fall by the sword,
    and the cities themselves will go into captivity.
18 Dark will be the day at Tahpanhes
    when I break the yoke of Egypt;
    there her proud strength will come to an end.
She will be covered with clouds,
    and her villages will go into captivity.
19 So I will inflict punishment on Egypt,
    and they will know that I am the Lord.’”

Pharaoh’s Arms Are Broken

20 In the eleventh year, in the first month on the seventh day, the word of the Lord came to me: 21 “Son of man, I have broken the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt. It has not been bound up to be healed or put in a splint so that it may become strong enough to hold a sword. 22 Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against Pharaoh king of Egypt. I will break both his arms, the good arm as well as the broken one, and make the sword fall from his hand. 23 I will disperse the Egyptians among the nations and scatter them through the countries. 24 I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon and put my sword in his hand, but I will break the arms of Pharaoh, and he will groan before him like a mortally wounded man. 25 I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, but the arms of Pharaoh will fall limp. Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I put my sword into the hand of the king of Babylon and he brandishes it against Egypt. 26 I will disperse the Egyptians among the nations and scatter them through the countries. Then they will know that I am the Lord.

Footnotes:

  1. Ezekiel 30:4 That is, the upper Nile region; also in verses 5 and 9
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