Concerning Egypt:(A)

This is the message against the army of Pharaoh Necho(B) king of Egypt, which was defeated at Carchemish(C) on the Euphrates(D) River by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon in the fourth year of Jehoiakim(E) son of Josiah king of Judah:

“Prepare your shields,(F) both large and small,
    and march out for battle!
Harness the horses,
    mount the steeds!
Take your positions
    with helmets on!
Polish(G) your spears,
    put on your armor!(H)
What do I see?
    They are terrified,
they are retreating,
    their warriors are defeated.
They flee(I) in haste
    without looking back,
    and there is terror(J) on every side,”
declares the Lord.
“The swift cannot flee(K)
    nor the strong escape.
In the north by the River Euphrates(L)
    they stumble and fall.(M)

“Who is this that rises like the Nile,
    like rivers of surging waters?(N)
Egypt rises like the Nile,(O)
    like rivers of surging waters.
She says, ‘I will rise and cover the earth;
    I will destroy cities and their people.’(P)
Charge, you horses!
    Drive furiously, you charioteers!(Q)
March on, you warriors—men of Cush[a](R) and Put who carry shields,
    men of Lydia(S) who draw the bow.

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  1. Jeremiah 46:9 That is, the upper Nile region

Cush and Libya,(A) Lydia and all Arabia,(B) Kub and the people(C) of the covenant land will fall by the sword along with Egypt.(D)

“‘This is what the Lord says:

“‘The allies of Egypt will fall
    and her proud strength will fail.
From Migdol to Aswan(E)
    they will fall by the sword within her,
declares the Sovereign Lord.
“‘They will be desolate
    among desolate lands,
and their cities will lie
    among ruined cities.(F)
Then they will know that I am the Lord,
    when I set fire(G) to Egypt
    and all her helpers are crushed.(H)

“‘On that day messengers will go out from me in ships to frighten Cush(I) out of her complacency. Anguish(J) will take hold of them on the day of Egypt’s doom, for it is sure to come.(K)

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