When King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylonia was on his way to attack Egypt, the Lord sent me with a warning for every Egyptian town, but especially for Migdol, Memphis, and Tahpanhes. He said to tell them: Prepare to defend yourselves! Everywhere in your nation, people are dying in war.
“·Announce this message [Declare] in Egypt, and ·preach it [L make it heard] in Migdol. ·Preach it [L Make it heard] also in the cities of Memphis and Tahpanhes [44:1]: ‘·Get ready for war [Take your stations and be ready], because the ·battle is [L sword devours] all around you.’
“Egyptians, here is what I want you to announce in your land. Announce it in the city of Migdol. Also announce it in Memphis and Tahpanhes. Say, ‘Take up your battle positions! Get ready! The sword eats up those around you.’
Eternal One: Make this announcement in Egypt, and tell everyone in Migdol; proclaim it in Memphis and Tahpanhes as well: Take your positions, and get ready for battle, for the sword will devour everyone around you.
Tell ye (out) to Egypt, and make ye heard in Migdol, and sound it in Memphis, and say ye in Tahpanhes, Stand thou, and make thee ready, for a sword shall devour those things that be by thy compass (for a sword shall devour those things that be all around thee).
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