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But they will be disappointed. They are depending on a nation that cannot help them. Egypt is useless—it will not help. Egypt will bring nothing but shame and embarrassment.”

God’s Message to Judah

This is a message[a] about the Negev animals[b]:

There is a dangerous place full of lions, adders,[c] deadly snakes,[d] and useless people. And there are people who load their wealth onto donkeys and their treasures on the backs of camels. They carry them to a people who cannot help. That useless nation is Egypt. Egypt’s help is worth nothing, so I call Egypt the “Do-Nothing Dragon.”[e]

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 30:6 message Or “burden.”
  2. Isaiah 30:6 Negev animals Or “Creatures of the South,” a phrase that can refer to Egypt.
  3. Isaiah 30:6 adders Very poisonous snakes.
  4. Isaiah 30:6 deadly snakes Literally, “flying snakes.”
  5. Isaiah 30:7 Do-Nothing Dragon Or “Resting Rahab,” the great sea monster. Some ancient stories tell about Rahab fighting with God.

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