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Isaiah 31:1 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Alliance with Egypt Is Futile

31 Alas for those who go down to Egypt for help
    and who rely on horses,
who trust in chariots because they are many
    and in horsemen because they are very strong,
but do not look to the Holy One of Israel
    or consult the Lord!

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Psalm 20:7 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses,
    but our pride is in the name of the Lord our God.

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Isaiah 30:16 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

16 and said,
“No! We will flee upon horses”—
    therefore you shall flee!
and, “We will ride upon swift steeds”—
    therefore your pursuers shall be swift!

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Deuteronomy 17:16 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

16 Even so, he must not acquire many horses for himself, or return the people to Egypt in order to acquire more horses, since the Lord has said to you, “You must never return that way again.”

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Amos 5:4-8 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel:
Seek me and live;
    but do not seek Bethel,
and do not enter into Gilgal
    or cross over to Beer-sheba;
for Gilgal shall surely go into exile,
    and Bethel shall come to nothing.

Seek the Lord and live,
    or he will break out against the house of Joseph like fire,
    and it will devour Bethel, with no one to quench it.
Ah, you that turn justice to wormwood,
    and bring righteousness to the ground!

The one who made the Pleiades and Orion,
    and turns deep darkness into the morning,
    and darkens the day into night,
who calls for the waters of the sea,
    and pours them out on the surface of the earth,
the Lord is his name,

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Daniel 9:13 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

13 Just as it is written in the law of Moses, all this calamity has come upon us. We did not entreat the favor of the Lord our God, turning from our iniquities and reflecting on his[a] fidelity.

Footnotes:

  1. Daniel 9:13 Heb your
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Jeremiah 17:5 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Thus says the Lord:
Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals
    and make mere flesh their strength,
    whose hearts turn away from the Lord.

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Isaiah 36:9 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

How then can you repulse a single captain among the least of my master’s servants, when you rely on Egypt for chariots and for horsemen?

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Isaiah 36:6 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

See, you are relying on Egypt, that broken reed of a staff, which will pierce the hand of anyone who leans on it. Such is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who rely on him.

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Hosea 14:3 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Assyria shall not save us;
    we will not ride upon horses;
we will say no more, ‘Our God,’
    to the work of our hands.
In you the orphan finds mercy.”

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Ezekiel 17:15 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

15 But he rebelled against him by sending ambassadors to Egypt, in order that they might give him horses and a large army. Will he succeed? Can one escape who does such things? Can he break the covenant and yet escape?

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Jeremiah 2:13 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

13 for my people have committed two evils:
    they have forsaken me,
the fountain of living water,
    and dug out cisterns for themselves,
cracked cisterns
    that can hold no water.

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Isaiah 30:1-7 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Futility of Reliance on Egypt

30 Oh, rebellious children, says the Lord,
who carry out a plan, but not mine;
who make an alliance, but against my will,
    adding sin to sin;
who set out to go down to Egypt
    without asking for my counsel,
to take refuge in the protection of Pharaoh,
    and to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt;
Therefore the protection of Pharaoh shall become your shame,
    and the shelter in the shadow of Egypt your humiliation.
For though his officials are at Zoan
    and his envoys reach Hanes,
everyone comes to shame
    through a people that cannot profit them,
that brings neither help nor profit,
    but shame and disgrace.

An oracle concerning the animals of the Negeb.

Through a land of trouble and distress,
    of lioness and roaring[a] lion,
    of viper and flying serpent,
they carry their riches on the backs of donkeys,
    and their treasures on the humps of camels,
    to a people that cannot profit them.
For Egypt’s help is worthless and empty,
    therefore I have called her,
    “Rahab who sits still.”[b]

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 30:6 Cn: Heb from them
  2. Isaiah 30:7 Meaning of Heb uncertain
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Isaiah 22:11 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

11 You made a reservoir between the two walls for the water of the old pool. But you did not look to him who did it, or have regard for him who planned it long ago.

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Isaiah 9:13 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

13 The people did not turn to him who struck them,
    or seek the Lord of hosts.

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Psalm 33:16-17 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

16 A king is not saved by his great army;
    a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
17 The war horse is a vain hope for victory,
    and by its great might it cannot save.

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2 Chronicles 16:7 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

At that time the seer Hanani came to King Asa of Judah, and said to him, “Because you relied on the king of Aram, and did not rely on the Lord your God, the army of the king of Aram has escaped you.

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Hosea 11:5 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

They shall return to the land of Egypt,
    and Assyria shall be their king,
    because they have refused to return to me.

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Hosea 7:13-16 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

13 Woe to them, for they have strayed from me!
    Destruction to them, for they have rebelled against me!
I would redeem them,
    but they speak lies against me.

14 They do not cry to me from the heart,
    but they wail upon their beds;
they gash themselves for grain and wine;
    they rebel against me.
15 It was I who trained and strengthened their arms,
    yet they plot evil against me.
16 They turn to that which does not profit;[a]
    they have become like a defective bow;
their officials shall fall by the sword
    because of the rage of their tongue.
So much for their babbling in the land of Egypt.

Footnotes:

  1. Hosea 7:16 Cn: Meaning of Heb uncertain
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Hosea 7:7 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

All of them are hot as an oven,
    and they devour their rulers.
All their kings have fallen;
    none of them calls upon me.

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Isaiah 64:7 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

There is no one who calls on your name,
    or attempts to take hold of you;
for you have hidden your face from us,
    and have delivered[a] us into the hand of our iniquity.

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 64:7 Gk Syr Old Latin Tg: Heb melted
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Isaiah 57:9 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

You journeyed to Molech[a] with oil,
    and multiplied your perfumes;
you sent your envoys far away,
    and sent down even to Sheol.

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 57:9 Or the king
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