1And it came to pass in the seventh year, in the fifth month, the tenth day of the month,
that certain of the elders of Israel came to enquire of the LORD, and sat before me.
2Then came the word of the LORD unto me, saying,
3Son of man, speak unto the elders of Israel, and say
unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Are ye come to enquire of me? As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will not be enquired of
4Wilt thou judge them, son of man, wilt thou judge them?
cause them to know the abominations of their fathers:
5And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the day
when I chose Israel, and lifted up mine hand unto the seed of the house of Jacob, and made myself known unto them in the land
of Egypt, when I lifted up mine hand unto them, saying, I am the LORD your God;
6In the day that I lifted up mine hand unto them, to bring
them forth of the land of Egypt into a land that I had espied for them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of
7Then said I unto them, Cast ye away every man the abominations
of his eyes, and defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.
8But they rebelled against me, and would not hearken unto
me: they did not every man cast away the abominations of their eyes, neither did they forsake the idols of Egypt: then I said,
I will pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt
A Prophecy About Egypt/America
1 An oracle concerning 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 within
2 "I will stir up Egyptian against Egyptian—
brother will fight against brother,
neighbor against neighbor,
city against city,
kingdom against kingdom.
3 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.
4 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.
5 The waters of the river will dry up,
and the riverbed will be parched and dry.
6 The canals will stink;
the streams of Egypt will dwindle and dry up.
The reeds and rushes will wither,
7 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.
8 The fishermen will groan and lament,
all who cast hooks into the Nile;
those who throw nets on the water
will pine away.
9 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 [a] 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 be like women. 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 Destruction. [b]
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 on the earth. 25 The LORD Almighty will bless them, saying, "Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and
Israel my inheritance."