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Isaiah 19 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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An Oracle Concerning Egypt

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 19:1 - An oracle concerning Egypt.
Behold, the LORD is riding on a swift cloud
and comes to Egypt;
and the idols of Egypt will tremble at his presence,
and the heart of the Egyptians will melt within them.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 19:2 - And I will stir up Egyptians against Egyptians,
and they will fight, each against another
and each against his neighbor,
city against city, kingdom against kingdom;
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 19:3 - and the spirit of the Egyptians within them will be emptied out,
and I will confound[fn] their counsel;
and they will inquire of the idols and the sorcerers,
and the mediums and the necromancers;
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 19:4 - and I will give over the Egyptians
into the hand of a hard master,
and a fierce king will rule over them,
declares the Lord GOD of hosts.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 19:5 - And the waters of the sea will be dried up,
and the river will be dry and parched,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 19:6 - and its canals will become foul,
and the branches of Egypt’s Nile will diminish and dry up,
reeds and rushes will rot away.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 19:7 - There will be bare places by the Nile,
on the brink of the Nile,
and all that is sown by the Nile will be parched,
will be driven away, and will be no more.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 19:8 - The fishermen will mourn and lament,
all who cast a hook in the Nile;
and they will languish
who spread nets on the water.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 19:9 - The workers in combed flax will be in despair,
and the weavers of white cotton.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 19:10 - Those who are the pillars of the land will be crushed,
and all who work for pay will be grieved.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 19:11 - The princes of Zoan are utterly foolish;
the wisest counselors of Pharaoh give stupid counsel.
How can you say to Pharaoh,
“I am a son of the wise,
a son of ancient kings”?
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 19:12 - Where then are your wise men?
Let them tell you
that they might know what the LORD of hosts has purposed against Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 19:13 - The princes of Zoan have become fools,
and the princes of Memphis are deluded;
those who are the cornerstones of her tribes
have made Egypt stagger.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 19:14 - The LORD has mingled within her a spirit of confusion,
and they will make Egypt stagger in all its deeds,
as a drunken man staggers in his vomit.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 19:15 - And there will be nothing for Egypt
that head or tail, palm branch or reed, may do.

Egypt, Assyria, Israel Blessed

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 19:16 - In that day the Egyptians will be like women, and tremble with fear before the hand that the LORD of hosts shakes over them.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 19:17 - And the land of Judah will become a terror to the Egyptians. Everyone to whom it is mentioned will fear because of the purpose that the LORD of hosts has purposed against them.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 19:18 - In that day there will be five cities in the land of Egypt that speak the language of Canaan and swear allegiance to the LORD of hosts. One of these will be called the City of Destruction.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 19:19 - In that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the LORD at its border.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 19:20 - It will be a sign and a witness to the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt. When they cry to the LORD because of oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and deliver them.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 19:21 - And the LORD will make himself known to the Egyptians, and the Egyptians will know the LORD in that day and worship with sacrifice and offering, and they will make vows to the LORD and perform them.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 19:22 - And the LORD will strike Egypt, striking and healing, and they will return to the LORD, and he will listen to their pleas for mercy and heal them.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 19:23 - In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and Assyria will come into Egypt, and Egypt into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 19:24 - In that day Israel will be the third with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 19:25 - whom the LORD of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance.”
ESV Footnotes
Or I will swallow up
Dead Sea Scroll and some other manuscripts City of the Sun

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