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An Oracle Concerning Egypt

19 The [a](A)oracle concerning (B)Egypt.

Behold, Yahweh is (C)riding on a swift cloud and is about to come to Egypt;
The (D)idols of Egypt will shake at His presence,
And the (E)heart of the Egyptians will melt within them.
“So I will incite Egyptians against Egyptians;
And they will (F)each fight against his brother and each against his neighbor,
City against city and kingdom against kingdom.
Then the spirit of the Egyptians will be emptied to destruction within them;
And I will confuse their counsel,
So that (G)they will seek idols and ghosts of the dead
And to [b]mediums and spiritists.
Moreover, I will deliver the Egyptians into the hand of a (H)cruel master,
And a [c]strong king will rule over them,” declares the Lord, Yahweh of hosts.

(I)The waters from the sea will dry up,
And the river will be parched and dry.
The (J)rivers will emit a stench,
The [d](K)streams of Egypt will thin out and dry up;
(L)The reeds and rushes will rot away.
The bulrushes by the (M)Nile, by the [e]edge of the Nile
And all the sown fields by the Nile
Will become dry, be driven away, and be no more.
And the (N)fishermen will lament,
And all those who cast a [f]line into the Nile will mourn,
And those who spread nets on the waters will [g]languish.
Moreover, the manufacturers of linen made from combed flax
And the weavers of white (O)cloth will be ashamed.
10 And [h]the (P)pillars of Egypt will be crushed;
All the hired laborers will be grieved in soul.

11 The princes of [i](Q)Zoan are merely ignorant fools;
The counsel of Pharaoh’s wisest counselors has become [j]senseless.
How can you men say to Pharaoh,
“I am a son of the (R)wise, a son of the kings of old”?
12 Well then, where are your wise men?
Please let them tell you,
And let them [k]understand what Yahweh of hosts
Has (S)counseled against Egypt.
13 The princes of [l]Zoan have acted as ignorant fools,
The princes of (T)Memphis are deluded;
Those who are the (U)cornerstone of her tribes
[m]Have led Egypt astray.
14 Yahweh has mixed within her a spirit of (V)distortion;
(W)They have led Egypt astray in all [n]that it does,
As a (X)drunken man [o]strays into his vomit.
15 There will be no work for Egypt
(Y)Which its head or tail, its palm branch or bulrush, may do.

Yahweh Will Bless Egypt, Assyria, and Israel

16 In that day the Egyptians will become like women, and they will tremble and be in (Z)dread because of the (AA)waving of the hand of Yahweh of hosts, which He is going to wave over them. 17 And the land of Judah will become a [p]terror to Egypt; everyone [q]to whom it is mentioned will be in dread of it because of the (AB)counsel of Yahweh of hosts which He is counseling against them.

18 In that day five cities in the land of Egypt will be speaking the language of Canaan and (AC)swearing allegiance to Yahweh of hosts; one will be called the City of [r]Destruction.

19 In that day there will be an (AD)altar to Yahweh in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a (AE)pillar to Yahweh near its border. 20 And it will become a sign and a witness to Yahweh of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to Yahweh because of oppressors, and He will send them a (AF)Savior and a [s](AG)Champion, and He will deliver them. 21 Thus Yahweh will make Himself known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know Yahweh in that day. They will even worship with (AH)sacrifice and offering, and they will make a vow to Yahweh and pay it. 22 And Yahweh will smite Egypt, smiting but (AI)healing; so they will (AJ)return to Yahweh, and He will be moved by their entreaty and will heal them.

23 In that day there will be a (AK)highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrians will come into Egypt and the Egyptians into Assyria, and the Egyptians will (AL)worship with the Assyrians.

24 In that day Israel will be the third party with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, 25 whom Yahweh of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed is (AM)Egypt My people, and Assyria (AN)the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.”


  1. Isaiah 19:1 Or burden of
  2. Isaiah 19:3 Or ghosts and spirits
  3. Isaiah 19:4 Or fierce
  4. Isaiah 19:6 The delta; or Nile branches
  5. Isaiah 19:7 Or mouth
  6. Isaiah 19:8 Lit hook
  7. Isaiah 19:8 Or pine away
  8. Isaiah 19:10 Lit her pillars
  9. Isaiah 19:11 Or Tanis
  10. Isaiah 19:11 Or brutish
  11. Isaiah 19:12 Or know
  12. Isaiah 19:13 Or Tanis
  13. Isaiah 19:13 Or Have caused Egypt to stagger
  14. Isaiah 19:14 Lit its work
  15. Isaiah 19:14 Or goes astray
  16. Isaiah 19:17 Or cause of shame
  17. Isaiah 19:17 Lit who mentions it will be in dread to it
  18. Isaiah 19:18 Some ancient mss and versions the Sun
  19. Isaiah 19:20 Lit Mighty One