On the twelfth day of the tenth month of the tenth year of our exile, the LORD spoke to me. 2“Mortal man,” he said, “denounce the king of Egypt. Tell him how he and all the land of Egypt will be punished. 3Say that this is what the Sovereign LORD is telling the king of Egypt: I am your enemy, you monster crocodile, lying in the river. You say that the Nile is yours and that you made it.29.3 Some ancient translations you made it; Hebrew you made yourself. 4I am going to put a hook through your jaw and make the fish in your river stick fast to you. Then I will pull you up out of the Nile, with all the fish sticking to you. 5I will throw you and all those fish into the desert. Your body will fall on the ground and be left unburied. I will give it to the birds and animals for food. 6
Then all the people of Egypt will know that I am the LORD.”
The LORD says, “The Israelites relied on you Egyptians for support, but you were no better than a weak stick. 7When they leaned on you, you broke, pierced their armpits, and made them wrench their backs.29.7 One ancient translation wrench their backs; Hebrew make their backs stand. 8Now then, I, the Sovereign LORD, am telling you that I will get troops to attack you with swords, and they will kill your people and your animals. 9Egypt will become an empty waste. Then you will know that I am the LORD.
“Because you said that the Nile is yours and you made it, 10I am your enemy and the enemy of your Nile. I will make all of Egypt an empty waste, from the city of Migdol in the north to the city of Aswan in the south, all the way to the Ethiopian29.10 Ethiopian: See Word List. border. 11No human being or animal will walk through it. For forty years nothing will live there. 12I will make Egypt the most desolate country in the world. For forty years the cities of Egypt will lie in ruins, ruins worse than those of any other city. I will make the Egyptians refugees. They will flee to every country and live among other peoples.”
13The Sovereign LORD says, “After forty years I will bring the Egyptians back from the nations where I have scattered them, 14and I will let them live in southern Egypt, their original home. There they will be a weak kingdom, 15the weakest kingdom of all, and they will never again rule over other nations. I will make them so unimportant that they will not be able to bend any other nation to their will. 16Israel will never again depend on them for help. Egypt's fate will remind Israel how wrong it was to rely on them. Then Israel will know that I am the Sovereign LORD.”
17On the first day of the first month of the 27th year of our exile, the LORD spoke to me. 18“Mortal man,” he said, “King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylonia launched an attack on Tyre. He made his soldiers carry such heavy loads that their heads were rubbed bald and their shoulders were worn raw, but neither the king nor his army got anything for all their trouble. 19So now this is what I, the Sovereign LORD, am saying: I am giving the land of Egypt to King Nebuchadnezzar. He will loot and plunder it and carry off all the wealth of Egypt as his army's pay. 20I am giving him Egypt in payment for his services, because his army was working for me. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken.
21“When that happens, I will make the people of Israel strong and let you, Ezekiel, speak out where everyone can hear you, so that they will know that I am the LORD.”
301The LORD spoke again. 2“Mortal man,” he said, “prophesy and announce what I, the Sovereign LORD, am saying. You are to shout these words:
A day of terror is coming!
3The day is near, the day when the LORD will act,
A day of clouds and trouble for the nations.
4There will be war in Egypt
And great distress in Ethiopia30.4; 30.5; 30.9 Ethiopia: See Word List..
Many in Egypt will be killed;
The country will be plundered
And left in ruins.
5“That war will also kill the soldiers hired from Ethiopia30.5; 30.9; 30.4 Ethiopia: See Word List., Lydia, Libya, Arabia, Kub, and even from among my own people.”
6The LORD says, “From Migdol in the north to Aswan in the south, all Egypt's defenders will be killed in battle. Egypt's proud army will be destroyed. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken. 7The land will be the most desolate in the world, and its cities will be left totally in ruins. 8When I set fire to Egypt and all her defenders are killed, then they will know that I am the LORD.
9“When that day comes and Egypt is destroyed, I will send messengers in ships to arouse the unsuspecting people of Ethiopia30.9; 30.4; 30.5 Ethiopia: See Word List., and they will be terrified. That day is coming!”
10The Sovereign LORD says, “I will use King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylonia to put an end to Egypt's wealth. 11He and his ruthless army will come to devastate the land. They will attack Egypt with swords, and the land will be full of corpses. 12I will dry up the Nile and put Egypt under the power of evil people. Foreigners will devastate the whole country. I, the LORD, have spoken.”
13The Sovereign LORD says, “I will destroy the idols and the false gods in Memphis. There will be no one to rule over Egypt, and I will terrify all the people. 14I will make southern Egypt desolate and set fire to the city of Zoan in the north. I will punish the capital city of Thebes. 15I will let the city of Pelusium, Egypt's great fortress, feel my fury. I will destroy the wealth of Thebes. 16I will set fire to Egypt, and Pelusium will be in agony. The walls of Thebes will be broken down, and the city will be flooded.30.16 One ancient translation flooded; Hebrew unclear. 17The young men of the cities of Heliopolis and Bubastis will die in the war, and the other people will be taken prisoner. 18Darkness will fall on Tahpanhes when I break the power of Egypt and put an end to the strength they were so proud of. A cloud will cover Egypt, and the people of all her cities will be taken prisoner. 19When I punish Egypt in this way, they will know that I am the LORD.”
20On the seventh day of the first month of the eleventh year of our exile, the LORD spoke to me. 21“Mortal man,” he said, “I have broken the arm of the king of Egypt. No one has bandaged it or put it in a sling so that it could heal and be strong enough to hold a sword again. 22Now then, this is what I, the Sovereign LORD, say: I am the enemy of the king of Egypt. I am going to break both his arms — the good one and the one already broken — and the sword will fall from his hand. 23I am going to scatter the Egyptians throughout the world. 24Then I will make the arms of the king of Babylonia strong and put my sword in his hands. But I will break the arms of the king of Egypt, and he will groan and die in front of his enemy. 25Yes, I will weaken him and strengthen the king of Babylonia. When I give him my sword and he points it towards Egypt, everyone will know that I am the LORD. 26I will scatter the Egyptians throughout the world. Then they will know that I am the LORD.”
311On the first day of the third month of the eleventh year of our exile, the LORD spoke to me. 2“Mortal man,” he said, “say to the king of Egypt and all his people:
How powerful you are!
What can I compare you to?
3You are like31.3 Probable text You are like; Hebrew Assyria is. a cedar in Lebanon,
With beautiful, shady branches,
A tree so tall it reaches the clouds.31.3; 31.10; 31.14 One ancient translation clouds; Hebrew thick branches.
4There was water to make it grow,
And underground rivers to feed it.
They watered the place where the tree was growing
And sent streams to all the trees of the forest.
5Because it was well watered,
It grew taller than other trees.
Its branches grew thick and long.
6Every kind of bird built nests in its branches;
The wild animals bore their young in its shelter;
The nations of the world rested in its shade.
7How beautiful the tree was —
So tall, with such long branches.
Its roots reached down to the deep-flowing streams.
No cedar in God's garden could compare with it.
No fir tree ever had such branches,
And no plane tree such boughs.
No tree in God's own garden was so beautiful.
9I made it beautiful, with spreading branches.
It was the envy of every tree in Eden, the garden of God.
10“Now then, I, the Sovereign LORD, will tell you what is going to happen to that tree that grew until it reached the clouds.31.10; 31.14; 31.3 One ancient translation clouds; Hebrew thick branches. As it grew taller it grew proud; 11so I have rejected it and will let a foreign ruler have it. He will give that tree what it deserves for its wickedness. 12Ruthless foreigners will cut it down and leave it. Its branches and broken boughs will fall on every mountain and valley in the country. All the nations that have been living in its shade will go away. 13The birds will come and perch on the fallen tree, and the wild animals will walk over its branches. 14And so from now on, no tree, no matter how well watered it is, will grow as tall as that again or push its top through the clouds31.14; 31.3; 31.10 One ancient translation clouds; Hebrew thick branches. and reach such a height. All of them are doomed to die like mortals, doomed to join those who go down to the world of the dead.”
15This is what the Sovereign LORD says: “On the day when the tree goes to the world of the dead, I will make the underground waters cover it as a sign of mourning. I will hold back the rivers and not let the many streams flow out. Because the tree has died, I will bring darkness over the Lebanon Mountains and make all the trees of the forest wither. 16When I send it down to the world of the dead, the noise of its downfall will shake the nations. All the trees of Eden and all the choice, well-watered trees of Lebanon who have gone to the world below will be pleased at its downfall. 17They will go with it to the world of the dead to join those that have already fallen. And all who live under its shadow will be scattered among the nations.31.17 Probable text And all… nations; Hebrew unclear.
18“The tree is the king of Egypt and all his people. Not even the trees in Eden were so tall and impressive. But now, like the trees of Eden, it will go down to the world of the dead and join the ungodly and those killed in battle. I have spoken,” says the Sovereign LORD.