all the plants along the banks of the Nile will die. Even the ·planted [cultivated] fields by the Nile will dry up, blow away, and disappear [C catastrophic, since the Nile was essential to Egypt’s existence].
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.
The bottom of water shall be made naked, and streams from their well(s); and the moist place of all seed shall be dried, it shall wax dry, and it shall not be. (The bottom of the waters shall be uncovered, yea, of all the streams from the wells; and all the seeds on the river banks shall dry up, yea, they shall grow dry, and they shall be no more.)
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