The sword drawn against Israel would also overtake Egypt. Egypt will be destroyed and scattered.
VERSE 1. The LORD’s word came again to me, saying,
VERSE 2. “Son of man, prophesy, and say, ‘The Lord GOD says: “Wail, ‘Alas for the day!’
VERSE 3. For the day is near, even the LORD’s day is near. It will be a day of clouds, a time of the nations.
the day is near. This famous expression comes from this verse.
a day of clouds. In the Bible, clouds often picture doom.
VERSE 4. A sword will come on Egypt, and anguish will be in Ethiopia, when the slain fall in Egypt. They take away her multitude, and her foundations are broken down.
A sword will come on Egypt. The sword drawn against Israel would also overtake Egypt.
VERSE 5. “ ‘ “Ethiopia, Put, Lud, all the mixed people, Cub, and the children of the land that is allied with them, will fall with them by the sword.”
VERSE 6. “ ‘The LORD says: “They also who uphold Egypt will fall. The pride of her power will come down. They will fall by the sword in it from the tower of Seveneh,” says the Lord GOD.
They also who uphold Egypt will fall. Egypt’s allies would also be destroyed.
VERSE 7. “They will be desolate in the middle of the countries that are desolate. Her cities will be among the cities that are wasted.
VERSE 8. They will know that I am the LORD when I have set a fire in Egypt, and all her helpers are destroyed.
VERSE 9. “ ‘ “In that day messengers will go out from before me in ships to make the careless Ethiopians afraid. There will be anguish on them, as in the day of Egypt; for, behold, it comes.”
NIV translation. On that day messengers will go out from me in ships to frighten Cush out of her complacency. Anguish will take hold of them on the day of Egypt’s doom, for it is sure to come.
messengers will go out from me. In ancient days, it was a great privilege to be a messenger of the Most High God. The person was never worthy. Rather, they felt called. It was almost by divine compulsion that they felt obligated to preach the message of the One God.
In our day, every baptized Christian has the great privilege to be a messenger of the Most High God. We are never worthy. Rather, we are called. It’s almost by divine compulsion that we feel obligated to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. This is the ministry of evangelism.
VERSE 10. “ ‘The Lord GOD says: “I will also make the multitude of Egypt to cease, by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.
the multitude of Egypt. Some translations say “the hordes of Egypt.” In either case, it emphasizes the teeming populace of that proud nation.
VERSE 11. He and his people with him, the terrible of the nations, will be brought in to destroy the land. They will draw their swords against Egypt, and fill the land with the slain.
VERSE 12. I will make the rivers dry, and will sell the land into the hand of evil men. I will make the land desolate, and all that is therein,
by the hand of strangers: I, the LORD, have spoken it.”
VERSE 13. “ ‘The Lord GOD says: “I will also destroy the idols, and I will cause the images to cease from Memphis. There will be no more a prince from the land of Egypt. I will put a fear in the land of Egypt.
Memphis. According to legend, Memphis was the first capital of united Egypt (circa 3200 BC).
VERSE 14. I will make Pathros desolate, and will set a fire in Zoan, and will execute judgments on No.
VERSE 15. I will pour my wrath on Sin, the stronghold of Egypt. I will cut off the multitude of No.
VERSE 16. I will set a fire in Egypt. Sin will be in great anguish. No will be broken up. Memphis will have adversaries in the daytime.
VERSE 17. The young men of Aven and of Pibeseth will fall by the sword. They will go into captivity.
VERSE 18. At Tehaphnehes also the day will withdraw itself, when I break the yokes of Egypt, there. The pride of her power will cease in her. As for her, a cloud will cover her, and her daughters will go into captivity.
VERSE 19. Thus I will execute judgments on Egypt. Then they will know that I am the LORD.” ’ ”
VERSE 20. In the eleventh year, in the first month, in the seventh day of the month, the LORD’s word came to me, saying,
eleventh year … first month .. seventh day. That date was April 29, 587 BC. It was almost four months after Ezekiel’s first prophecy against Egypt in verse 1 above.
VERSE 21. “Son of man, I have broken the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Behold, it has not been bound up, to apply medicines, to put a bandage to bind it, that it become strong to hold the sword.
VERSE 22. Therefore the Lord GOD says: ‘Behold, I am against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and will break his arms, the strong arm, and that which was broken. I will cause the sword to fall out of his hand.
VERSE 23. I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and will disperse them through the countries.
VERSE 24. I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, and put my sword in his hand; but I will break the arms of Pharaoh, and he will groan before the king of Babylon with the groaning of a mortally wounded man.
VERSE 25. I will hold up the arms of the king of Babylon; and the arms of Pharaoh will fall down. Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I put my sword into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he stretches it out on the land of Egypt.
VERSE 26. I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and disperse them through the countries. Then they will know that I am the LORD.’ ”
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