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Isaiah 19 Modern English Version (MEV)

An Oracle Concerning Egypt

19 The oracle of Egypt.

See, the Lord is riding on a swift cloud
    and shall come into Egypt;
and the idols of Egypt shall tremble at His presence,
    and the heart of Egypt shall melt in its midst.

I will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians,
    and they shall fight every one against his brother,
    and every one against his neighbor,
    city against city,
    and kingdom against kingdom.
The spirit of Egypt shall be discouraged in their midst,
    and I will destroy their counsel;
then they shall seek for the idols and for the charmers
    and for the mediums and the sorcerers.
The Egyptians I will give over
    into the hand of a cruel lord,
and a fierce king shall rule over them,
    says the Lord, the Lord of Hosts.

The waters from the sea shall dry up,
    and the river shall be parched and dry.
The canals shall emit a stench;
    the streams of Egypt shall diminish and dry up;
the reeds and rushes shall wither.
    The papyrus reeds by the brooks,
    by the mouth of the brooks,
and everything sown by the brooks,
    shall wither, be driven away, and be no more.
The fishermen also shall mourn,
    and all those who cast a line into the brooks shall lament,
and those who spread nets on the waters
    shall languish.
Moreover those who work with fine flax
    and those who weave white cloth shall be humiliated;
10 and the pillars of Egypt shall be crushed.
    All the hired workers shall be grieved in soul.

11 Surely the princes of Zoan are fools;
    the counsel of the wise counselors of Pharaoh has become stupid.
How can you say to Pharaoh,
    “I am a son of the wise,
    a son of ancient kings?”

12 Where are they? Where are your wise men?
    Let them tell you now, and let them understand
what the Lord of Hosts
    has purposed against Egypt.
13 The princes of Zoan have become fools;
    the princes of Memphis are deceived;
they have also seduced Egypt,
    even those who are the cornerstone of her tribes.
14 The Lord has mingled
    a perverse spirit in her;
so they have caused Egypt to err in her every work,
    as a drunken man staggers in his vomit.
15 Nor shall there be any work for Egypt,
    which its head or tail, its branch or bulrush, may do.

16 In that day Egypt shall become like women. And it shall be afraid and be in dread because of the shaking of the hand of the Lord of Hosts which He is about to shake over it. 17 The land of Judah shall become a terror to Egypt. Everyone to whom it is mentioned shall be in dread of it, because of the counsel of the Lord of Hosts which He has determined against it.

18 In that day five cities in the land of Egypt shall speak the language of Canaan and swear to the Lord of Hosts. One shall be called the City of Destruction.

19 In that day there shall be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord at its border. 20 It shall be for a sign and for a witness to the Lord of Hosts in the land of Egypt. For they shall cry to the Lord because of the oppressors, and He shall send them a Savior and a Champion. And He shall deliver them. 21 The Lord shall be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the Lord in that day, and shall worship with sacrifice and offering, they shall make a vow to the Lord and perform it. 22 The Lord shall strike Egypt. He shall strike and heal it. Then they shall return to the Lord, and He shall be entreated by them and shall heal them.

23 In that day there shall be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall worship with the Assyrians. 24 In that day Israel shall be the third group with Egypt and Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the earth, 25 whom the Lord of Hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.”

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Isaiah 19 New International Version (NIV)

A Prophecy Against Egypt

19 A prophecy against Egypt:

See, the Lord rides on a swift cloud
    and is coming to Egypt.
The idols of Egypt tremble before him,
    and the hearts of the Egyptians melt with fear.

“I will stir up Egyptian against Egyptian—
    brother will fight against brother,
    neighbor against neighbor,
    city against city,
    kingdom against kingdom.
The Egyptians will lose heart,
    and I will bring their plans to nothing;
they will consult the idols and the spirits of the dead,
    the mediums and the spiritists.
I will hand the Egyptians over
    to the power of a cruel master,
and a fierce king will rule over them,”
    declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty.

The waters of the river will dry up,
    and the riverbed will be parched and dry.
The canals will stink;
    the streams of Egypt will dwindle and dry up.
The reeds and rushes will wither,
    also the plants along the Nile,
    at the mouth of the river.
Every sown field along the Nile
    will become parched, will blow away and be no more.
The fishermen will groan and lament,
    all who cast hooks into the Nile;
those who throw nets on the water
    will pine away.
Those who work with combed flax will despair,
    the weavers of fine linen will lose hope.
10 The workers in cloth will be dejected,
    and all the wage earners will be sick at heart.

11 The officials of Zoan are nothing but fools;
    the wise counselors of Pharaoh give senseless advice.
How can you say to Pharaoh,
    “I am one of the wise men,
    a disciple of the ancient kings”?

12 Where are your wise men now?
    Let them show you and make known
what the Lord Almighty
    has planned against Egypt.
13 The officials of Zoan have become fools,
    the leaders of Memphis are deceived;
the cornerstones of her peoples
    have led Egypt astray.
14 The Lord has poured into them
    a spirit of dizziness;
they make Egypt stagger in all that she does,
    as a drunkard staggers around in his vomit.
15 There is nothing Egypt can do—
    head or tail, palm branch or reed.

16 In that day the Egyptians will become weaklings. They will shudder with fear at the uplifted hand that the Lord Almighty raises against them. 17 And the land of Judah will bring terror to the Egyptians; everyone to whom Judah is mentioned will be terrified, because of what the Lord Almighty is planning against them.

18 In that day five cities in Egypt will speak the language of Canaan and swear allegiance to the Lord Almighty. One of them will be called the City of the Sun.[a]

19 In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the heart of Egypt, and a monument to the Lord at its border. 20 It will be a sign and witness to the Lord Almighty in the land of Egypt. When they cry out to the Lord because of their oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and he will rescue them. 21 So the Lord will make himself known to the Egyptians, and in that day they will acknowledge the Lord. They will worship with sacrifices and grain offerings; they will make vows to the Lord and keep them. 22 The Lord will strike Egypt with a plague; he will strike them and heal them. They will turn to the Lord, and he will respond to their pleas and heal them.

23 In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together. 24 In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing[b] on the earth. 25 The Lord Almighty will bless them, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance.


  1. Isaiah 19:18 Some manuscripts of the Masoretic Text, Dead Sea Scrolls, Symmachus and Vulgate; most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text City of Destruction
  2. Isaiah 19:24 Or Assyria, whose names will be used in blessings (see Gen. 48:20); or Assyria, who will be seen by others as blessed
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