1 A Song of Sadness About Egypt
5 The people of Cush, Put, Lydia, Libya and the whole land of Arabia will be killed with swords. So will the Jews who live in Egypt. They went there from the covenant land of Israel. And the Egyptians will die too." ' "
6 The Lord says, 6 "Those who were going to help Egypt will die. 6 The strength Egypt was so proud of will fail. 6 Its people will be killed with swords 6 from Migdol all the way to Aswan," 6 announces the Lord and King.
9 "At that time I will send messengers out in ships. They will terrify the people of Cush who are so contented. Cush will suffer greatly when Egypt falls. And you can be sure it will fall."
12 I will dry up the streams of the Nile River. 12 I will sell the land to evil men. 12 I will use the powerful hands of strangers 12 to destroy the land and everything in it. 12 "I have spoken. I am the Lord."
13 The Lord and King says, 13 "I will destroy the statues of Egypt's gods. 13 I will put an end to the gods 13 the people in Memphis worship. 13 Egypt will not have princes anymore. 13 I will spread fear all through the land.
18 I will break Egypt's power over other lands. 18 That will be a dark day for Tahpanhes. 18 There the strength Egypt was so proud of 18 will come to an end. 18 Egypt will be covered with clouds. 18 The people in its villages 18 will be taken away as prisoners.
20 It was the 11th year since King Jehoiachin had been brought to Babylon as a prisoner. On the seventh day of the first month, a message came to me from the Lord. He said, 21 "Son of man, I have broken the powerful arm of Pharaoh Hophra, the king of Egypt. No bandages have been put on his arm to heal it. It has not been put in a cast. So his arm will not be strong enough to use a sword. 22 I am against Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. I will break both of his arms. I will break his healthy arm and his broken one. His sword will fall from his hand. 23 I will scatter the people of Egypt among the nations. I will send them to other countries.
24 "I will make the arms of the king of Babylonia stronger. I will put my sword in his hand. But I will break the arms of Pharaoh. And he will groan in front of Nebuchadnezzar. He will cry out like someone dying from his wounds. 25 I will make the arms of the king of Babylonia stronger. But the arms of Pharaoh will not be able to help Egypt. I will put my sword in Nebuchadnezzar's hand. He will get ready to use it against Egypt. Then they will know that I am the Lord.
26 "I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations. I will send them to other countries. Then they will know that I am the Lord."