29On January 7, during the tenth year of King Jehoiachin’s captivity, this message came to me from the Lord:H6224H8141H6224H8147H6240H2320H1697H3068H559 2“Son of man, turn and face Egypt and prophesy against Pharaoh the king and all the people of Egypt.H1121H120H7760H6440H6547H4428H4714H5012H4714 3Give them this message from the Sovereign Lord. “I am your enemy, O Pharaoh, king of Egypt—you great monster, lurking in the streams of the Nile. For you have said, ‘The Nile River is mine; I made it for myself.’H1696H559H559H136H3069H6547H4428H4714H1419H8577H7257H8432H2975H559H2975H6213 4I will put hooks in your jaws and drag you out on the land with fish sticking to your scales.H5414H2397H2397H3895H1710H2975H1692H7193H5927H8432H2975H1710H2975H1692H7193 5I will leave you and all your fish stranded in the wilderness to die. You will lie unburied on the open ground, for I have given you as food to the wild animals and birds.H5203H4057H1710H2975H5307H6440H7704H622H6908H5414H402H2416H776H5775H8064 6All the people of Egypt will know that I am the Lord, for to Israel you were just a staff made of reeds.H3427H4714H3045H3068H4938H7070H1004H3478 7When Israel leaned on you, you splintered and broke and stabbed her in the armpit. When she put her weight on you, you gave way, and her back was thrown out of joint.H8610H3709H7533H1234H3802H8172H7665H4975H5976 8“Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will bring an army against you, O Egypt, and destroy both people and animals.H559H136H3069H935H2719H3772H120H929 9The land of Egypt will become a desolate wasteland, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord. “Because you said, ‘The Nile River is mine; I made it,’H776H4714H8077H2723H3045H3068H559H2975H6213 10I am now the enemy of both you and your river. I will make the land of Egypt a totally desolate wasteland, from Migdol to Aswan, as far south as the border of Ethiopia.H2975H5414H776H4714H2721H2723H8077H4024H5482H1366H3568 11For forty years not a soul will pass that way, neither people nor animals. It will be completely uninhabited.H7272H120H5674H7272H929H5674H3427H705H8141 12I will make Egypt desolate, and it will be surrounded by other desolate nations. Its cities will be empty and desolate for forty years, surrounded by other ruined cities. I will scatter the Egyptians to distant lands.H5414H776H4714H8077H8432H776H8074H5892H8432H5892H2717H8077H705H8141H6327H4714H1471H2219H776 13“But this is what the Sovereign Lord also says: At the end of the forty years I will bring the Egyptians home again from the nations to which they have been scattered.H559H136H3069H7093H705H8141H6908H4714H5971H6327 14I will restore the prosperity of Egypt and bring its people back to the land of Pathros in southern Egypt from which they came. But Egypt will remain an unimportant, minor kingdom.H7725H7622H4714H7725H776H6624H776H4351H8217H4467 15It will be the lowliest of all the nations, never again great enough to rise above its neighbors.H8217H4467H5375H1471H4591H7287H1471 16“Then Israel will no longer be tempted to trust in Egypt for help. Egypt’s shattered condition will remind Israel of how sinful she was to trust Egypt in earlier days. Then Israel will know that I am the Sovereign Lord.”H4009H1004H3478H2142H5771H2142H6437H310H3045H136H3069 17On April 26, the first day of the new year, during the twenty-seventh year of King Jehoiachin’s captivity, this message came to me from the Lord:H7651H6242H8141H7223H259H2320H1697H3068H559 18“Son of man, the army of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon fought so hard against Tyre that the warriors’ heads were rubbed bare and their shoulders were raw and blistered. Yet Nebuchadnezzar and his army won no plunder to compensate them for all their work.H1121H120H5019H4428H894H5647H2428H5647H1419H5656H6865H7218H7139H3802H4803H7939H2428H6865H5656H5647 19Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will give the land of Egypt to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon. He will carry off its wealth, plundering everything it has so he can pay his army.H559H136H3069H5414H776H4714H5019H4428H894H5375H1995H7997H7998H962H957H7939H2428 20Yes, I have given him the land of Egypt as a reward for his work, says the Sovereign Lord, because he was working for me when he destroyed Tyre.H5414H776H4714H6468H5647H6213H5002H136H3069 21“And the day will come when I will cause the ancient glory of Israel to revive, and then, Ezekiel, your words will be respected. Then they will know that I am the Lord.”H3117H6779H7161H1004H3478H6779H5414H6610H6310H8432H3045H3068
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