The River Nile will dry up, the riverbed baked dry in the sun. The canals will become stagnant and stink, every stream touching the Nile dry up. River vegetation will rot away the banks of the Nile-baked clay, The riverbed hard and smooth, river grasses dried up and gone with the wind. Fishermen will complain that the fishing’s been ruined. Textile workers will be out of work, all weavers and workers in linen and cotton and wool Dispirited, depressed in their forced idleness— everyone who works for a living, jobless.
Egypt’s waterways and everything that lives in them will dry up and die— saltwater and fresh, standing pools and running streams will all evaporate. All the reeds and rushes along the river’s edge will wither and die and rot away. All the crops sown by the Nile will turn brittle and dry, to be blown away—completely away—by sultry winds.
And the floods shall fail, and the strands of the fields shall be made thin, and shall be dried; a reed and spire shall fade (away). (And the rivers shall fail, and the streams of the fields shall be made shallow, and shall be dried up; the reed and the bulrush shall fade away.)
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