Egypt rises like the Nile,
Even like the rivers whose waters surge about.
And [a]He has said, “I will rise, I will cover that land;
I will certainly destroy the city and its inhabitants.”
Charge, you horses,
And drive like madmen, you chariots!
Let the warriors go forward:
Ethiopia and Put (Libya) who handle the shield,
And the Lydians who handle and bend the bow.
For that day belongs to the Lord God of hosts,
A day of vengeance, that He may avenge Himself on His adversaries.
And the sword will devour and be satiated
And drink its fill of their blood;
For the Lord God of hosts has a sacrifice [like that of a great sin offering]
In the north country by the river Euphrates.
- Jeremiah 46:8 This may be viewed as an ironic declaration by God: the Nile rises and floods Egypt providing irrigation, and God says He will do the same thing, but in a sense destroying Egypt (see v 10).
New International Version
8 Egypt rises like the Nile,(A)
like rivers of surging waters.
She says, ‘I will rise and cover the earth;
I will destroy cities and their people.’(B)
9 Charge, you horses!
Drive furiously, you charioteers!(C)
March on, you warriors—men of Cush[a](D) and Put who carry shields,
men of Lydia(E) who draw the bow.
10 But that day(F) belongs to the Lord, the Lord Almighty—
a day of vengeance(G), for vengeance on his foes.
The sword will devour(H) till it is satisfied,
till it has quenched its thirst with blood.(I)
For the Lord, the Lord Almighty, will offer sacrifice(J)
in the land of the north by the River Euphrates.(K)
- Jeremiah 46:9 That is, the upper Nile region