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Jeremiah 46 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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Defeat of Pharaoh Foretold

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:1 - That which came as the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:2 - To Egypt, concerning the army of Pharaoh Neco king of Egypt, which was by the Euphrates River at Carchemish, which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon defeated in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah:
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:3 - “Line up the shield and [fn]buckler,
And draw near for the battle!
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:4 - “Harness the horses,
And [fn]mount the steeds,
And take your stand with helmets on!
Polish the spears,
Put on the scale-armor!
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:5 - “Why have I seen it?
They are terrified,
They are drawing back,
And their mighty men are defeated
And have taken refuge in flight,
Without facing back;
[fn]Terror is on every side!”
Declares the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:6 - Let not the swift man flee,
Nor the mighty man escape;
In the north beside the river Euphrates
They have stumbled and fallen.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:7 - Who is this that rises like the Nile,
Like the rivers whose waters surge about?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:8 - Egypt rises like the Nile,
Even like the rivers whose waters surge about;
And He has said, “I will rise and cover that land;
I will surely destroy the city and its inhabitants.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:9 - Go up, you horses, and [fn]drive madly, you chariots,
That the mighty men may [fn]march forward:
Ethiopia and [fn]Put, that handle the shield,
And the [fn]Lydians, that handle and bend the bow.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:10 - For that day belongs to the Lord [fn]GOD of hosts,
A day of vengeance, so as to avenge Himself on His foes;
And the sword will devour and be satiated
And [fn]drink its fill of their blood;
For there will be a slaughter for the Lord [fn]GOD of hosts,
In the land of the north by the river Euphrates.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:11 - Go up to Gilead and obtain balm,
O virgin daughter of Egypt!
In vain have you multiplied [fn]remedies;
There is no healing for you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:12 - The nations have heard of your shame,
And the earth is full of your cry of distress;
For one warrior has stumbled over [fn]another,
And both of them have fallen down together.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:13 - This is the [fn]message which the LORD spoke to Jeremiah the prophet about the coming of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon to smite the land of Egypt:
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:14 - “Declare in Egypt and proclaim in Migdol,
Proclaim also in Memphis and Tahpanhes;
Say, ‘Take your stand and get yourself ready,
For the sword has devoured those around you.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:15 - “Why have your mighty ones become prostrate?
They do not stand because the LORD has thrust them down.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:16 - “They have repeatedly stumbled;
Indeed, they have fallen one against another.
Then they said, ‘Get up! And let us go back
To our own people and our native land
Away from the [fn]sword of the oppressor.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:17 - [fn]They cried there, ‘Pharaoh king of Egypt is but a big noise;
He has let the appointed time pass by!’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:18 - “As I live,” declares the King
Whose name is the LORD of hosts,
“Surely one shall come who looms up like Tabor among the mountains,
Or like Carmel by the sea.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:19 - “Make your baggage ready for exile,
O daughter dwelling in Egypt,
For Memphis will become a desolation;
It will even be burned down and [fn]bereft of inhabitants.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:20 - “Egypt is a pretty heifer,
But a [fn]horsefly is coming from the north—it is coming!
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:21 - “Also her mercenaries in her midst
Are like [fn]fattened calves,
For even they too have turned back and have fled away together;
They did not stand their ground.
For the day of their calamity has come upon them,
The time of their punishment.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:22 - “Its sound moves along like a serpent;
For they move on [fn]like an army
And come to her as woodcutters with axes.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:23 - “They have cut down her forest,” declares the LORD;
“Surely it will no more be found,
Even though [fn]they are now more numerous than locusts
And are without number.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:24 - “The daughter of Egypt has been put to shame,
Given over to the [fn]power of the people of the north.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:25 - The LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, says, “Behold, I am going to punish Amon of Thebes, and Pharaoh, and Egypt along with her gods and her kings, even Pharaoh and those who trust in him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:26 - “I shall give them over to the [fn]power of those who are seeking their lives, even into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and into the hand of his [fn]officers. Afterwards, however, it will be inhabited as in the days of old,” declares the LORD.
(cf. Jer 30:10, 11 )
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:27 - “But as for you, O Jacob My servant, do not fear,
Nor be dismayed, O Israel!
For, see, I am going to save you from afar,
And your descendants from the land of their captivity;
And Jacob will return and be undisturbed
And secure, with no one making him tremble.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:28 - “O Jacob My servant, do not fear,” declares the LORD,
“For I am with you.
For I will make a full end of all the nations
Where I have driven you,
Yet I will not make a full end of you;
But I will correct you properly
And by no means leave you unpunished.”
NASB95 Footnotes
I.e. small shield
Or, go up, you horsemen
Hebrew: Magor-missabib; i.e. Terror is on every side
Literally: act like madmen
Literally: go forth
I.e. Libya (or Somaliland)
Hebrew: Ludim
Hebrew: YHWH, usually rendered LORD
Literally: be saturated with
Literally: healings
Literally: warrior
Literally: word
Literally: oppressing sword
Some ancient versions read Call the name of Pharaoh a big noise
Literally: without
Or, possibly mosquito
Literally: of the stall
Or, in force
I.e. trees of the forest, the Egyptians
Literally: hand
Literally: hand
Literally: servants

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