Ezekiel prophesies against pharaoh Apriès of Egypt.
VERSE 1. In the tenth year, in the tenth month, on the twelfth day of the month, the LORD’s word came to me, saying,
tenth year … tenth month … twelfth day. This date was January 5, 587 BC. That was almost a year after the siege of Jerusalem began.
VERSE 2. “Son of man, set your face against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and prophesy against him and against all Egypt.
Pharaoh king of Egypt. The Pharaoh in Egypt at that time was Wahibre Haaibre (589 BC – 570 BC). As pharaoh he was renamed Apries. Jeremiah refers to him as Hophra.
VERSE 3. Speak and say, ‘The Lord GOD 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.’
great monster that lies in the middle of his rivers. Egypt was a great crouching monster.
VERSE 4. I will put hooks in your jaws, and I will make the fish of your rivers stick to your scales. I will bring you up out of the middle of your rivers, with all the fish of your rivers which stick to your scales.
VERSE 5. I’ll cast you out into the wilderness, you and all the fish of your rivers. You’ll fall on the open field. You won’t be brought together or gathered. I have given you for food to the animals of the earth and to the birds of the sky.
VERSE 6. “ ‘ “All the inhabitants of Egypt will know that I am the LORD, because they have been a staff of reed to the house of Israel.
a staff of reed to the house of Israel. During the conflict with Nebuchadnezzar, Israel had leaned on Egypt like a crutch. But Egypt’s support would vanish.
VERSE 7. When they took hold of you by your hand, you broke, and tore all their shoulders. When they leaned on you, you broke, and paralyzed all of their thighs.”
you broke, and tore all their shoulders. Egypt’s promises of support to Judah would turn out to be false.
VERSE 8. “ ‘Therefore the Lord GOD says: “Behold, I will bring a sword on you, and will cut off man and animal from you.
VERSE 9. The land of Egypt will be a desolation and a waste. Then they will know that I am the LORD. “ ‘ “Because he has said, ‘The river is mine, and I have made it;’
The river is mine, and I have made it. Can you imagine someone saying they “made” the Nile River?
VERSE 10. therefore, behold, I am against you, and against your rivers. I will make the land of Egypt an utter waste and desolation, from the tower of Seveneh even to the border of Ethiopia.
VERSE 11. No foot of man will pass through it, nor will any animal foot pass through it. It won’t be inhabited for forty years.
VERSE 12. I will make the land of Egypt a desolation in the middle of the countries that are desolate. Her cities among the cities that are laid waste will be a desolation forty years. I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and will disperse them through the countries.”
VERSE 13. “ ‘For the Lord GOD says: “At the end of forty years I will gather the Egyptians from the peoples where they were scattered.
VERSE 14. I will reverse the captivity of Egypt, and will cause them to return into the land of Pathros, into the land of their birth. They will be a lowly kingdom, there.
VERSE 15. It will be the lowest of the kingdoms. It won’t lift itself up above the nations any more. I will diminish them, so that they will no longer rule over the nations.
VERSE 16. It will no longer be the confidence of the house of Israel, bringing iniquity to memory, when they turn to look after them. Then they will know that I am the Lord GOD.” ’ ”
VERSE 17. It came to pass in the twenty-seventh year, in the first month, in the first day of the month, the LORD’s word came to me, saying,
VERSE 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 he had no wages, nor did his army, from Tyre, for the service that he had served against it.
Every head was made bald. Apparently baldness is a sign that you had been defeated.
VERSE 19. Therefore the Lord GOD says: ‘Behold, I will give the land of Egypt to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. He will carry off her multitude, take her plunder, and take her prey. That will be the wages for his army.
VERSE 20. I have given him the land of Egypt as his payment for which he served, because they worked for me,’ says the Lord GOD.
I have given him the land of Egypt. The LORD God gave a reward to Nebuchadnezzar, because Nebuchadnezzar had done the will of the LORD.
VERSE 21. “In that day I will cause a horn to sprout for the house of Israel, and I will open your mouth among them. Then they will know that I am the LORD.”
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