2About Egypt. Concerning the army of Pharaoh Necoh king of Egypt that was at Carchemish by the Euphrates River and which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon defeated in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah:
and draw near to battle!
and mount up, O horsemen!
And take your stand with your helmets on!
Polish the spears,
put on the coats of mail!
and like the rivers whose waters toss themselves about ,
and he says, ‘I will rise up. I will cover the earth.
I will destroy cities and their inhabitants.’
virgin daughter of Egypt.
In vain do you use many medicines;
there is no healing for you.
and the earth is full of your cry;
for the mighty man has stumbled against the mighty,
they are fallen both of them together.”
and proclaim in Memphis and in Tahpanhes:
say, ‘Stand forth and prepare,
for the sword has devoured around you.’
They didn’t stand,
because Yahweh pushed them.
yes, they fell one on another
and they said, ‘Arise, and let us go again to our own people
and to the land of our birth
from the oppressing sword.’
‘Pharaoh king of Egypt is but a noise;
he has let the appointed time pass by.’
says the King whose name is Yahweh of Armies,
surely like Tabor among the mountains
and like Carmel by the sea,
so will he come.
furnish yourself to go into captivity,
for Memphis will become a desolation,
and will be burned up without inhabitant.
but destruction out of the north has come, it has come.
are like calves of the stall;
for they also are turned back,
they are fled away together,
they didn’t stand,
for the day of their calamity has come on them,
the time of their visitation.
for they will march with an army
and come against her with axes,
as wood cutters.
though it cannot be searched,
because they are more than the locusts,
and are innumerable.
she will be delivered into the hand of the people of the north.”
25Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel, says: “Behold, I will punish Amon of No, and Pharaoh, and Egypt, with her gods and her kings; even Pharaoh, and those who trust in him.
26And I will deliver them into the hand of those who seek their lives and into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of his servants; and afterwards it will be inhabited, as in the days of old,
neither be dismayed, Israel,
for behold, I will save you from afar,
and your seed from the land of their captivity;
and Jacob will return, and will be quiet and at ease,
and none will make him afraid.
for I am with you,
for I will make a full end of all the nations
where I have driven you;
but I will not make a full end of you,
but I will correct you in measure
and will in no way leave you unpunished.”