Ezekiel 32

1On the first day of the twelfth month ˻(March)˼ in the twelfth year ˻of exile˼, the word of the Lord came to me. He said, 2“Son of man, sing this sad song about Pharaoh, king of Egypt. Say to him: “'You thought you were like a powerful young lion walking proud among the nations. But really, you are like a dragon in the lakes. You push your way through the streams. You make the water muddy with your feet. You stir up the rivers of Egypt.’” 3The Lord my Master says these things: “I have gathered many people together. Now I will throw my net over you. Then those people will pull you in. 4Then I will drop you on the dry ground. I will throw you down in the field. I will let all the birds come and eat you. I will let wild animals from every place come and eat you until they are full. 5I will scatter your body on the mountains. I will fill the valleys with your dead body. 6I will pour your blood on the mountains, and it will soak down into the ground. The rivers will be full of you. 7I will make you disappear. I will cover the sky and make the stars dark. I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon will not shine. 8I will make all the shining lights in the sky become dark over you. I will make your whole country dark.” The Lord my Master said those things. 9“I will make many people sad and upset when I bring an enemy to destroy you. Nations you don’t even know will be upset. 10I will make many people shocked about you. Their kings will be terribly afraid about you, when I swing my sword before them. The kings will shake with fear every moment on the day you fall. Each king will be afraid for his own life.” 11Why? Because the Lord my Master says these things: “The sword of the king of Babylon will come to fight against you. 12I will use those soldiers to kill your people in battle. Those soldiers come from the most terrible of the nations. They will destroy the things Egypt is proud of. The people of Egypt will be destroyed. 13There are many animals by the rivers in Egypt. I will also destroy all those animals! People won’t make the waters muddy with their feet any more. The hoofs of cows won’t make the water muddy any more. 14So I will make the water in Egypt calm. I will cause their rivers to run slowly—they will be slick like oil.” The Lord my Master said those things. 15“I will make the land of Egypt empty. That land will lose everything. I will punish all the people living in Egypt. Then they will know that I am the Lord and Master! 16“This is a sad song that people will sing for Egypt. The daughters ˻(cities)˼ in other nations will sing this sad song about Egypt. They will sing it as a sad song about Egypt and all its people.” The Lord my Master said those things! 17On the fifteenth day of that month, in the twelfth year ˻of exile˼, the word of the Lord came to me. He said, 18“Son of man, cry for the people of Egypt. Lead Egypt and those daughters from powerful nations to the grave. Lead them to the world below where they will be with the other people that went down into that deep hole. 19“Egypt, you are no better than anyone else! Go down to the place of death. Go lie down with those foreigners. 20“Egypt will go to be with all the other men that were killed in battle. The enemy has pulled her and all her people away. 21“Strong and powerful men were killed in battle. Those foreigners went down to the place of death. And from that place, those men that were killed will speak to Egypt and his helpers. 22- 23“Assyria and all its army are there in the place of death. Their graves are deep down in that deep hole. All those Assyrian soldiers were killed in battle. Their graves are all around his grave. When they were alive, they made people afraid. But now all of them ˻are quiet˼—they were all killed in battle. 24“Elam is there and all its army is around her grave. All of them were killed in battle. Those foreigners went deep down into the ground. When they were alive, they made people afraid. But they carried their shame with them down to that deep hole. 25They have made a bed for Elam and all its soldiers that were killed in battle. Elam’s army is all around its grave. All those foreigners were killed in battle. When they were alive, they scared people. But they carried their shame with them down into that deep hole. They were put with all the other people that were killed. 26“Meshech, Tubal, and all their armies are there. Their graves are around it. All of those foreigners were killed in battle. When they were alive, they made people afraid. 27But now they are lying down by the powerful men that died long, long ago! They were buried with their weapons of war. Their swords will be laid under their heads. But their sins are on their bones. Why? Because when they were alive, they scared people. 28“Egypt, you too will be destroyed. And you will lie down by those foreigners. You will lie with those other soldiers that were killed in battle. 29“Edom is there also. His kings and other leaders are there with him. They were powerful soldiers too. But now they lie with the other men that were killed in battle. They are lying there with those foreigners. They are there with the other people that went down into that deep hole. 30“The rulers from the north are there, all of them! And there are all the soldiers from Sidon. Their strength scared people. But they are embarrassed. Those foreigners lie there with the other men that were killed in battle. They carried their shame with them down into that deep hole. 31“Pharaoh will see the people that went down to the place of death. He and all his people with him will be comforted. Yes, Pharaoh and all his army will be killed in battle.” The Lord my Master said these things. 32“When Pharaoh was alive, I made people afraid of him. But now, he will lie down with those foreigners. Pharaoh and his army will lie down with the other soldiers that were killed in battle.” The Lord my Master said those things.

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