New English Translation
21 The Lord will reveal himself to the Egyptians, and they[a] will acknowledge the Lord’s authority[b] at that time.[c] They will present sacrifices and offerings; they will make vows to the Lord and fulfill them. 22 The Lord will strike Egypt, striking and then healing them. They will turn to the Lord, and he will listen to their prayers[d] and heal them.
23 At that time there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will visit Egypt, and the Egyptians will visit Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together.[e]Read full chapter
- Isaiah 19:21 tn Heb “Egypt.” For stylistic reasons, to avoid redundancy, the present translation uses the pronoun (“they”) here.
- Isaiah 19:21 tn Heb “will know the Lord.”
- Isaiah 19:21 tn Heb “in that day” (so KJV); likewise at the beginning of vv. 23 and 24.
- Isaiah 19:22 tn Heb “he will be entreated.” The Niphal has a tolerative sense here, “he will allow himself to be entreated.”
- Isaiah 19:23 tn The text could be translated, “and Egypt will serve Assyria” (cf. NAB), but subjugation of one nation to the other does not seem to be a theme in vv. 23-25. Rather the nations are viewed as equals before the Lord (v. 25). Therefore it is better to take אֶת (ʾet) in v. 23b as a preposition, “together with,” rather than the accusative sign. The names of the two countries are understood to refer by metonymy to their respective inhabitants.
New International Version
21 So the Lord will make himself known to the Egyptians, and in that day they will acknowledge(A) the Lord. They will worship(B) with sacrifices and grain offerings; they will make vows to the Lord and keep them.(C) 22 The Lord will strike(D) Egypt with a plague;(E) he will strike them and heal them. They will turn(F) to the Lord, and he will respond to their pleas and heal(G) them.