1In the tenth year, in the tenth month, on the twelfth day of the month, the word of Yahweh came to me, saying,
2“Son of man, set your face against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and prophesy against him and against all Egypt.
3Speak and say: This is what the Lord Yahweh says: Behold, I am against you, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great sea monster that lies in the midst of his rivers, that has said, ‘My river is my own, and I have made it for myself.’
4I will put hooks in your jaws and I will make the fish of your rivers stick to your scales; and I will bring you up out of the middle of your rivers with all the fish of your rivers that stick to your scales.
5I will cast you out into the wilderness, you and all the fish of your rivers. You will fall on the open field. You will not be brought together, nor gathered. I will give you for food to the animals of the earth and to the birds of the heavens.
6All the inhabitants of Egypt will know that I am Yahweh, because they have been a staff of reed to the house of Israel.
7When they took hold of you by your hand, you broke and tore all their shoulders, and when they leaned on you, you broke and paralyzed all of their thighs.
8Therefore this is what the Lord Yahweh says: Behold, I will bring a sword on you, and will cut off man and animal from you.
9The land of Egypt will be a desolation and a waste, and they will know that I am Yahweh. Because he has said, ‘The river is mine, and I have made it,’
10therefore behold, I am against you and against your rivers, and I will make the land of Egypt an utter waste and desolation, from the tower of Seveneh even to the border of Ethiopia.
11No foot of man will pass through it, nor foot of animal will pass through it, neither will it be inhabited 40 years.
12I will make the land of Egypt a desolation in the midst of the countries that are desolate; and her cities among the cities that are laid waste will be a desolation 40 years; and I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations and will disperse them through the countries.
13For this is what the Lord Yahweh says: At the end of 40 years I will gather the Egyptians from the peoples where they were scattered,
14and I will bring back the captivity of Egypt and will cause them to return into the land of Pathros, into the land of their birth; and they will be there a base kingdom.
15It will be the base of the kingdoms, neither will it any more lift itself up above the nations; and I will diminish them, that they will no more rule over the nations.
16It will be no more the confidence of the house of Israel, bringing iniquity to memory when they turn to look after them; and they will know that I am the Lord Yahweh.”
17It came to pass in the twenty-seventh year, in the first month, in the first day of the month, the word of Yahweh came to me, saying,
18“Son of man, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon caused his army to serve a great service against Tyre; every head was made bald and every shoulder was worn; yet had he no wages, nor his army, from Tyre, for the service that he had served against it.
19Therefore this is what the Lord Yahweh says: Behold, I will give the land of Egypt to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he will carry off her multitude, and take her spoil, and take her prey; and it will be the wages for his army.
20I have given him the land of Egypt as his recompense for which he served, because they worked for me, says the Lord Yahweh.
21In that day will I cause a horn to bud forth to the house of Israel, and I will give you the opening of the mouth in their midst, and they will know that I am Yahweh.”