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Ezekiel 30 :: New International Version (NIV)

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A Lament Over Egypt

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 30:1 - The word of the LORD came to me:
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 30:2 - “Son of man, prophesy and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: “ ‘Wail and say, “Alas for that day!”
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 30:3 - For the day is near, the day of the LORD is near— a day of clouds, a time of doom for the nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 30:4 - A sword will come against Egypt, and anguish will come upon Cush.[fn] When the slain fall in Egypt, her wealth will be carried away and her foundations torn down.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 30:5 - Cush and Libya, Lydia and all Arabia, Kub and the people of the covenant land will fall by the sword along with Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 30:6 - “ ‘This is what the LORD says: “ ‘The allies of Egypt will fall and her proud strength will fail. From Migdol to Aswan they will fall by the sword within her,

declares the Sovereign LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 30:7 - “ ‘They will be desolate among desolate lands, and their cities will lie among ruined cities.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 30:8 - Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I set fire to Egypt and all her helpers are crushed.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 30:9 - “ ‘On that day messengers will go out from me in ships to frighten Cush out of her complacency. Anguish will take hold of them on the day of Egypt’s doom, for it is sure to come.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 30:10 - “ ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: “ ‘I will put an end to the hordes of Egypt by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 30:11 - He and his army—the most ruthless of nations— will be brought in to destroy the land. They will draw their swords against Egypt and fill the land with the slain.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 30:12 - I will dry up the waters of the Nile and sell the land to an evil nation; by the hand of foreigners I will lay waste the land and everything in it. I the LORD have spoken.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 30:13 - “ ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: “ ‘I will destroy the idols and put an end to the images in Memphis. No longer will there be a prince in Egypt, and I will spread fear throughout the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 30:14 - I will lay waste Upper Egypt, set fire to Zoan and inflict punishment on Thebes.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 30:15 - I will pour out my wrath on Pelusium, the stronghold of Egypt, and wipe out the hordes of Thebes.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 30:16 - I will set fire to Egypt; Pelusium will writhe in agony. Thebes will be taken by storm; Memphis will be in constant distress.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 30:17 - The young men of Heliopolis and Bubastis will fall by the sword, and the cities themselves will go into captivity.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 30:18 - Dark will be the day at Tahpanhes when I break the yoke of Egypt; there her proud strength will come to an end. She will be covered with clouds, and her villages will go into captivity.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 30:19 - So I will inflict punishment on Egypt, and they will know that I am the LORD.’ ”

Pharaoh’s Arms Are Broken

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 30:20 - In the eleventh year, in the first month on the seventh day, the word of the LORD came to me:
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 30:21 - “Son of man, I have broken the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt. It has not been bound up to be healed or put in a splint so that it may become strong enough to hold a sword.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 30:22 - Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against Pharaoh king of Egypt. I will break both his arms, the good arm as well as the broken one, and make the sword fall from his hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 30:23 - I will disperse the Egyptians among the nations and scatter them through the countries.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 30:24 - I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon and put my sword in his hand, but I will break the arms of Pharaoh, and he will groan before him like a mortally wounded man.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 30:25 - I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, but the arms of Pharaoh will fall limp. Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I put my sword into the hand of the king of Babylon and he brandishes it against Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 30:26 - I will disperse the Egyptians among the nations and scatter them through the countries. Then they will know that I am the LORD.”
NIV Footnotes
That is, the upper Nile region; also in verses 5 and 9

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