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Isaiah 19:11-13 The Passion Translation (TPT)

The Wisdom of Egypt Is Foolishness to God

11 The elite of Zoan[a] are nothing but fools,
    and the wisest of Pharaoh’s counselors gives foolish advice.
    How in the world can you say to Pharaoh,
    “I am a brilliant sage and a descendant of the ancient kings”?[b]
12 Where, oh where, are all your sages?[c]
    If they’re so wise, let them discover and tell you
    what the Lord Yahweh, Commander of Angel Armies,
    has planned for Egypt.
13 Zoan’s elite have become utter fools;
    the nobles of Memphis are utterly deceived,
    and Egypt has been led astray by her tribal chiefs.[d]


  1. Isaiah 19:11 That is, her leaders. Zoan, one of the oldest cities in the world, is in lower Egypt, known by the Greeks as Tunis. Zoan means “the place of departure” or “depressed, low region.” (See also v. 13.) In the fields of Zoan Moses worked miracles to prove to Pharaoh that God had sent him to demand the release of the Hebrews from their slavery.
  2. Isaiah 19:11 Or “I am a son of a wise man and a descendent of the (wise) Kedemite kings.”
  3. Isaiah 19:12 See 1 Cor. 1:18-31.
  4. Isaiah 19:13 Or “cornerstones,” a metaphor for Egypt’s rulers. Egypt was known for its wisdom, but the wisdom of this world (Egypt) has been found empty and vain. Christ is our wisdom (1 Cor. 1:30).
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