“While the Jews are watching, take some large stones(A) with you and bury them in clay in the brick(B) pavement at the entrance to Pharaoh’s palace(C) in Tahpanhes. 10 Then say to them, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I will send for my servant(D) Nebuchadnezzar(E) king of Babylon, and I will set his throne(F) over these stones I have buried here; he will spread his royal canopy(G) above them. 11 He will come and attack Egypt,(H) bringing death(I) to those destined(J) for death, captivity to those destined for captivity,(K) and the sword to those destined for the sword.(L) 12 He will set fire(M) to the temples(N) of the gods(O) of Egypt; he will burn their temples and take their gods captive.(P) As a shepherd picks(Q) his garment clean of lice, so he will pick Egypt clean and depart. 13 There in the temple of the sun[a](R) in Egypt he will demolish the sacred pillars(S) and will burn down the temples of the gods of Egypt.’”

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 43:13 Or in Heliopolis

Take great stones in thine hand, and hide them in the clay in the brickkiln, which is at the entry of Pharaoh's house in Tahpanhes, in the sight of the men of Judah;

10 And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will send and take Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will set his throne upon these stones that I have hid; and he shall spread his royal pavilion over them.

11 And when he cometh, he shall smite the land of Egypt, and deliver such as are for death to death; and such as are for captivity to captivity; and such as are for the sword to the sword.

12 And I will kindle a fire in the houses of the gods of Egypt; and he shall burn them, and carry them away captives: and he shall array himself with the land of Egypt, as a shepherd putteth on his garment; and he shall go forth from thence in peace.

13 He shall break also the images of Bethshemesh, that is in the land of Egypt; and the houses of the gods of the Egyptians shall he burn with fire.

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