46The following messages were given to Jeremiah the prophet from the Lord concerning foreign nations.H1697H3068H3414H5030H1471 2This message concerning Egypt was given in the fourth year of the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, the king of Judah, on the occasion of the battle of Carchemish when Pharaoh Neco, king of Egypt, and his army were defeated beside the Euphrates River by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon.H4714H2428H6549H4428H4714H5104H6578H3751H5019H4428H894H5221H7243H8141H3079H1121H2977H4428H3063 3“Prepare your shields, and advance into battle!H6186H4043H6793H5066H4421 4Harness the horses, and mount the stallions. Take your positions. Put on your helmets. Sharpen your spears, and prepare your armor.H631H5483H5927H6571H3320H3553H4838H7420H3847H5630 5But what do I see? The Egyptian army flees in terror. The bravest of its fighting men run without a backward glance. They are terrorized at every turn,” says the Lord.H7200H2844H5472H268H1368H3807H5127H4498H6437H4032H5439H5002H3068 6“The swiftest runners cannot flee; the mightiest warriors cannot escape. By the Euphrates River to the north, they stumble and fall.H7031H5127H1368H4422H3782H5307H6828H3027H5104H6578 7“Who is this, rising like the Nile at floodtime, overflowing all the land?H5927H2975H4325H1607H5104 8It is the Egyptian army, overflowing all the land, boasting that it will cover the earth like a flood, destroying cities and their people.H4714H5927H2975H4325H1607H5104H559H5927H3680H776H6H5892H3427 9Charge, you horses and chariots; attack, you mighty warriors of Egypt! Come, all you allies from Ethiopia, Libya, and Lydia who are skilled with the shield and bow!H5927H5483H1984H7393H1368H3318H3568H6316H8610H4043H3866H8610H1869H7198 10For this is the day of the Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, a day of vengeance on his enemies. The sword will devour until it is satisfied, yes, until it is drunk with your blood! The Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, will receive a sacrifice today in the north country beside the Euphrates River.H3117H136H3069H6635H3117H5360H5358H6862H2719H398H7646H7301H1818H136H3069H6635H2077H6828H776H5104H6578 11“Go up to Gilead to get medicine, O virgin daughter of Egypt! But your many treatments will bring you no healing.H5927H1568H3947H6875H1330H1323H4714H7723H7235H7499H8585 12The nations have heard of your shame. The earth is filled with your cries of despair. Your mightiest warriors will run into each other and fall down together.”H1471H8085H7036H6682H4390H776H1368H3782H1368H5307H8147H3162 13Then the Lord gave the prophet Jeremiah this message about King Nebuchadnezzar’s plans to attack Egypt.H1697H3068H1696H3414H5030H5019H4428H894H935H5221H776H4714 14“Shout it out in Egypt! Publish it in the cities of Migdol, Memphis, and Tahpanhes! Mobilize for battle, for the sword will devour everyone around you.H5046H4714H8085H4024H8085H5297H8471H559H3320H3559H2719H398H5439 15Why have your warriors fallen? They cannot stand, for the Lord has knocked them down.H47H5502H5975H3068H1920 16They stumble and fall over each other and say among themselves, ‘Come, let’s go back to our people, to the land of our birth. Let’s get away from the sword of the enemy!’H7235H3782H376H5307H7453H559H6965H7725H5971H776H4138H6440H3238H2719 17There they will say, ‘Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, is a loudmouth who missed his opportunity!’H7121H6547H4428H4714H7588H5674H4150 18“As surely as I live,” says the King, whose name is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “one is coming against Egypt who is as tall as Mount Tabor, or as Mount Carmel by the sea!H2416H5002H4428H8034H3068H6635H8396H2022H3760H3220H935 19Pack up! Get ready to leave for exile, you citizens of Egypt! The city of Memphis will be destroyed, without a single inhabitant.H1323H3427H4714H6213H3627H1473H5297H8047H3341H3427 20Egypt is as sleek as a beautiful young cow, but a horsefly from the north is on its way!H4714H3304H5697H7171H935H935H6828 21Egypt’s mercenaries have become like fattened calves. They, too, will turn and run, for it is a day of great disaster for Egypt, a time of great punishment.H7916H7130H4770H5695H6437H5127H3162H5975H3117H343H935H6256H6486 22Egypt flees, silent as a serpent gliding away. The invading army marches in; they come against her with axes like woodsmen.H6963H3212H5175H3212H2428H935H7134H2404H6086 23They will cut down her people like trees,” says the Lord, “for they are more numerous than locusts.H3772H3293H5002H3068H2713H7231H697H369H4557 24Egypt will be humiliated; she will be handed over to people from the north.”H1323H4714H3001H5414H3027H5971H6828 25The Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: “I will punish Amon, the god of Thebes, and all the other gods of Egypt. I will punish its rulers and Pharaoh, too, and all who trust in him.H3068H6635H430H3478H559H6485H527H528H4996H6547H4714H430H4428H6547H982 26I will hand them over to those who want them killed—to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and his army. But afterward the land will recover from the ravages of war. I, the Lord, have spoken!H5414H3027H1245H5315H3027H5019H4428H894H3027H5650H310H7931H3117H6924H5002H3068 27“But do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant; do not be dismayed, Israel. For I will bring you home again from distant lands, and your children will return from their exile. Israel will return to a life of peace and quiet, and no one will terrorize them.H3372H5650H3290H2865H3478H3467H7350H2233H776H7628H3290H7725H8252H7599H2729 28Do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant, for I am with you,” says the Lord. “I will completely destroy the nations to which I have exiled you, but I will not completely destroy you. I will discipline you, but with justice; I cannot let you go unpunished.”H3372H3290H5650H5002H3068H6213H3617H1471H5080H6213H3617H3256H4941H5352H5352
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