1In the tenth year, in the tenth month, on the 12th 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 monster that lies in the middle of his rivers,
that has said, ‘My river is my own,
and I have made it for myself.’
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.
you and all the fish of your rivers.
You’ll fall on the open field.
You won’t be brought together,
I have given you for food
to the animals of the earth
and to the birds of the heavens.
will know that I am Yahweh,
because they have been a staff of reed
to the house of Israel.
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 forty 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 forty 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 forty years will I 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 27th 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.”