Ezekiel 30

1The word of the Lord came to me again. He said, 2“Son of man, speak for me. Say, 'The Lord my Master says these things: “'Cry and say, ”That terrible day is coming.” 3That day is near! Yes, the Lord’s day for judging is near. It will be a cloudy day, It will be the time for judging the nations! 4A sword will come against Egypt! People in Ethiopia will shake with fear, at the time that Egypt falls. The army of Babylon will take Egypt’s people away as prisoners. Egypt’s foundations will be torn down! 5“'Many people made peace agreements with Egypt. But all those people from Ethiopia, Put, Lud, all Arabia, Libya and the people of Israel will be destroyed! 6The Lord my Master says these things: “The people who support Egypt will fall! The pride in her power will end. The people in Egypt will be killed in battle, all the way from Migdol to Aswan.” The Lord my Master said those things! 7Egypt will join the other countries that were destroyed. Egypt will be one of those empty lands. 8I will start a fire in Egypt, and all her helpers will be destroyed. Then they will know that I am the Lord! 9“'At that time, I will send out messengers. They will go in ships to carry the bad news to Ethiopia. Ethiopia now feels safe. But the people of Ethiopia will shake with fear at the time Egypt is punished. That time is coming! 10The Lord my Master says these things: “I will use the king of Babylon. I will use Nebuchadnezzar to destroy the people of Egypt. 11Nebuchadnezzar and his people are the most terrible of the nations. And I will bring them to destroy Egypt. They will pull out their swords against Egypt. They will fill the land with dead bodies. 12I will make the Nile River become dry land. Then I will sell the dry land to evil people. I will use strangers to make that land empty. I, the Lord, have spoken!” 13The Lord my Master says these things: “I will also destroy the idols in Egypt. I will take the statues away from Memphis. There won’t be a leader anymore in the land of Egypt, And I will put fear in the land of Egypt. 14I will make Pathros empty. I will start a fire in Zoan. I will punish No, 15And I will pour out my anger against Sin, the fortress of Egypt! I will destroy the people of No. 16I will start a fire in Egypt; The city named Sin will ache with fear. The soldiers will break into the city No, and Memphis will have new troubles every day. 17The young men of On and Pi Beseth will die in battle. And the women will be captured and taken away. 18It will be a dark day in Tahpanhes when I break Egypt’s control. Egypt’s proud power will be finished! A cloud will cover Egypt, and her daughters will be captured and taken away. 19So I will punish Egypt. Then they will know I am the Lord!’” 20On the seventh day of the first month ˻(April)˼ of the eleventh year ˻of exile˼, the word of the Lord came to me. He said, 21“Son of man, I have broken the arm ˻(power)˼of Pharaoh, king of Egypt. No one will wrap his arm with a bandage. It won’t heal. So his arm won’t be strong enough to hold a sword.” 22The Lord my Master says these things, “I am against Pharaoh, king of Egypt. I will break both his arms, the strong arm and the arm that is already broken. I will make the sword fall from his hand. 23I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations. 24I will make the arms of the king of Babylon strong. I will put my sword in his hand. But I will break the arms of Pharaoh. Then Pharaoh will cry out in pain, the kind of cry that a dying man makes. 25So I will make the arms of the king of Babylon strong, but the arms of Pharaoh will fall. Then they will know that I am the Lord. “I will put my sword in the hand of the king of Babylon. Then he will stretch the sword out against the land of Egypt. 26I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord!”

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