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Ezekiel 30 Modern English Version (MEV)

A Lament for Egypt

30 The word of the Lord came to me again, saying: Son of man, prophesy and say, Thus says the Lord God:

Howl,
    “Woe to the day!”
For the day is near,
    even the day of the Lord is near,
a cloudy day,
    it shall be the time of doom for the nations.
The sword shall come upon Egypt,
    and great pain shall be in Ethiopia,
when the slain fall in Egypt,
    they take away her wealth,
    and her foundations are broken down.

Ethiopia, and Libya, and Lydia, all Arabia, Kub, and the men of the land that is in league shall fall with them by the sword.

Thus says the Lord:

Indeed, those who uphold Egypt shall fall,
    and the pride of her power shall come down.
From Migdol to Syene
    they shall fall in her by the sword,
    says the Lord God.
They shall be desolate
    in the midst of the countries that are desolate,
and her cities shall be
    in the midst of the cities that are wasted.
They shall know that I am the Lord
    when I have set a fire in Egypt
    and when all her helpers are destroyed.

In that day messengers shall go forth from Me in ships to make the careless Ethiopians afraid, and great pain shall come upon them as in the day of Egypt. For it is coming!

10 Thus says the Lord God:

I will also make the multitude of Egypt to cease
    by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.
11 He and his people with him, the terrible of the nations,
    shall be brought to destroy the land;
and they shall draw their swords against Egypt,
    and fill the land with the slain.
12 I will make the rivers dry,
    and sell the land into the hand of the wicked;
and I will make the land waste and all that is in it,
    by the hand of strangers.

I, the Lord, have spoken.

13 Thus says the Lord God:

I will also destroy the idols,
    and I will cause their images to cease from Memphis;
and no more shall there be a prince of the land of Egypt.
    And I will put a fear in the land of Egypt.
14 I will make Pathros desolate,
    and will set fire in Zoan,
    and will execute judgments in Thebes.
15 I will pour out My fury upon Pelusium,
    the strength of Egypt;
    and I will cut off the multitude of Thebes.
16 I will set fire in Egypt;
    Pelusium shall have great pain,
and Thebes shall be rent asunder,
    and Memphis shall have distresses daily.
17 The young men of Heliopolis and of Bubastis
    shall fall by the sword,
    and the women shall go into captivity.
18 In Tahpanhes also the day shall be darkened,
    when I break there the yokes of Egypt.
    And the pomp of her strength shall cease in her;
as for her, a cloud shall cover her,
    and her daughters shall go into captivity.
19 Thus I will execute judgments in Egypt,
    and they shall know that I am the Lord.

A Prophecy Against Pharaoh

20 In the eleventh year, in the first month, on the seventh day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me, saying: 21 Son of man, I have broken the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And it has not been bound up to be healed or wrapped with a bandage to make it strong to hold the sword. 22 Therefore thus says the Lord God: I am against Pharaoh king of Egypt and will break his arms, both the strong and the broken. And I will cause the sword to fall out of his hand. 23 I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations and disperse them among the countries. 24 For I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon and put My sword in his hand. But I will break the arms of Pharaoh so that he groans before him with the groanings of a wounded man. 25 So I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, but the arms of Pharaoh shall fall down. Then they shall know that I am the Lord when I put My sword into the hand of the king of Babylon and he stretches it out upon the land of Egypt. 26 When I scatter the Egyptians among the nations and disperse them among the countries, then they shall know that I am the Lord.

Modern English Version (MEV)

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Ezekiel 30 New International Version (NIV)

A Lament Over Egypt

30 The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, prophesy and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“‘Wail and say,
    “Alas for that day!”
For the day is near,
    the day of the Lord is near—
a day of clouds,
    a time of doom for the nations.
A sword will come against Egypt,
    and anguish will come upon Cush.[a]
When the slain fall in Egypt,
    her wealth will be carried away
    and her foundations torn down.

Cush and Libya, Lydia and all Arabia, Kub and the people of the covenant land will fall by the sword along with Egypt.

“‘This is what the Lord says:

“‘The allies of Egypt will fall
    and her proud strength will fail.
From Migdol to Aswan
    they will fall by the sword within her,
declares the Sovereign Lord.
“‘They will be desolate
    among desolate lands,
and their cities will lie
    among ruined cities.
Then they will know that I am the Lord,
    when I set fire to Egypt
    and all her helpers are crushed.

“‘On that day messengers will go out from me in ships to frighten Cush out of her complacency. Anguish will take hold of them on the day of Egypt’s doom, for it is sure to come.

10 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“‘I will put an end to the hordes of Egypt
    by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.
11 He and his army—the most ruthless of nations
    will be brought in to destroy the land.
They will draw their swords against Egypt
    and fill the land with the slain.
12 I will dry up the waters of the Nile
    and sell the land to an evil nation;
by the hand of foreigners
    I will lay waste the land and everything in it.

I the Lord have spoken.

13 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“‘I will destroy the idols
    and put an end to the images in Memphis.
No longer will there be a prince in Egypt,
    and I will spread fear throughout the land.
14 I will lay waste Upper Egypt,
    set fire to Zoan
    and inflict punishment on Thebes.
15 I will pour out my wrath on Pelusium,
    the stronghold of Egypt,
    and wipe out the hordes of Thebes.
16 I will set fire to Egypt;
    Pelusium will writhe in agony.
Thebes will be taken by storm;
    Memphis will be in constant distress.
17 The young men of Heliopolis and Bubastis
    will fall by the sword,
    and the cities themselves will go into captivity.
18 Dark will be the day at Tahpanhes
    when I break the yoke of Egypt;
    there her proud strength will come to an end.
She will be covered with clouds,
    and her villages will go into captivity.
19 So I will inflict punishment on Egypt,
    and they will know that I am the Lord.’”

Pharaoh’s Arms Are Broken

20 In the eleventh year, in the first month on the seventh day, the word of the Lord came to me: 21 “Son of man, I have broken the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt. It has not been bound up to be healed or put in a splint so that it may become strong enough to hold a sword. 22 Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against Pharaoh king of Egypt. I will break both his arms, the good arm as well as the broken one, and make the sword fall from his hand. 23 I will disperse the Egyptians among the nations and scatter them through the countries. 24 I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon and put my sword in his hand, but I will break the arms of Pharaoh, and he will groan before him like a mortally wounded man. 25 I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, but the arms of Pharaoh will fall limp. Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I put my sword into the hand of the king of Babylon and he brandishes it against Egypt. 26 I will disperse the Egyptians among the nations and scatter them through the countries. Then they will know that I am the Lord.

Footnotes:

  1. Ezekiel 30:4 That is, the upper Nile region; also in verses 5 and 9
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