1 The burden against Egypt: Behold, Jehovah rides on a swift cloud and comes into
Egypt. And the idols of Egypt shall tremble at His presence, and the heart of Egypt shall
melt in its midst.
2 And I will set Egyptians against Egyptians; and they shall fight each man against his
brother, and each against his neighbor; city against city, kingdom against kingdom.
3 And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst of it, and I will destroy their counsel. And
they shall inquire of the idols, and the sorcerers, and the mediums, and the fortunetellers.
4 And I will give Egypt over into the hand of a cruel master; and a fierce king shall rule
over them, says the Lord, Jehovah of Hosts.
5 And the waters shall fail from the sea, and the river shall be wasted and dried up.
6 And rivers shall be odious from the stench; the Nile of Egypt will languish and dry up;
the reeds and the rushes shall wither.
7 Bare places by the Nile, by the mouth of the Nile; and everything sown by the Nile
shall dry up, be driven away, and be no more.
8 The fishermen also shall mourn, and all who drop a hook into the Nile shall lament,
and those who spread nets on the waters shall grow feeble.
9 And those who work in fine flax, and those who weave white cloth shall be ashamed.
10 And her foundations shall be broken, and all who make wages shall be troubled in
11 Surely the rulers of Zoan are fools; the counsel of the wise counselors of Pharaoh has
become stupid. How do you say to Pharaoh, I am the son of the wise, the son of ancient
12 Where are they? Where are your wise men? And let them tell you now, and let them
know what Jehovah of Hosts has advised against Egypt.
13 The rulers of Zoan have become fools, the rulers of Noph are deceived; they have
also misled Egypt, the chief of her tribes.
14 Jehovah has mixed a perverse spirit in its midst; and they have caused Egypt to err in
all its work, like a drunkard staggers in his vomit.
15 And Egypt shall have no work that the head or tail, branch or rush, may do.
16 In that day Egypt shall be like women; and it shall be afraid and fear because of the
shaking of the hand of Jehovah of Hosts, which He shakes over it.
17 And the land of Judah shall be a terror to Egypt; everyone who mentions it shall be
afraid in himself because of the counsel of Jehovah of Hosts which He has devised
18 In that day five cities in the land of Egypt shall speak the language of Canaan and
swear to Jehovah of Hosts; one shall be called the City of Destruction.
19 In that day there shall be an altar to Jehovah in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a
pillar to Jehovah at its border.
20 And it shall be for a sign and for a witness to Jehovah of Hosts in the land of Egypt.
For they shall cry unto Jehovah because of the oppressors, and He shall send them a
deliverer, even a great one, and shall deliver them.
21 And Jehovah shall be known to Egypt, and Egypt shall know Jehovah in that day, and
shall offer sacrifice and offering; and they shall vow a vow unto Jehovah, and make
22 And Jehovah shall strike Egypt; He shall strike and heal; and they shall return to
Jehovah, and He will be entreated by them and heal them.
23 In that day there shall be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and Assyria shall come
into Egypt, and Egypt into Assyria, and Egypt shall serve with Assyria.
24 In that day Israel shall be one of three with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst
of the earth;
25 whom Jehovah of Hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be My people Egypt, and Assyria
the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.