Ezekiel 29:11
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New International Version
The foot of neither man nor beast will pass through it; no one will live there for forty years.

New Living Translation
For forty years not a soul will pass that way, neither people nor animals. It will be completely uninhabited.

English Standard Version
No foot of man shall pass through it, and no foot of beast shall pass through it; it shall be uninhabited forty years.

New American Standard Bible
"A man's foot will not pass through it, and the foot of a beast will not pass through it, and it will not be inhabited for forty years.

King James Bible
No foot of man shall pass through it, nor foot of beast shall pass through it, neither shall it be inhabited forty years.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
No human foot will pass through it, and no animal foot will pass through it. It will be uninhabited for 40 years.

International Standard Version
Neither man nor beast will walk through that area. It won't even be inhabited for 40 years.

NET Bible
No human foot will pass through it, and no animal's foot will pass through it; it will be uninhabited for forty years.

New Heart English Bible
No foot of man shall pass through it, nor foot of animal shall pass through it, neither shall it be inhabited forty years.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
No human or animal will walk through it, and no one will live there for 40 years.

JPS Tanakh 1917
No foot of man shall pass through it, nor foot of beast shall pass through it, neither shall it be inhabited forty years.

New American Standard 1977
“A man’s foot will not pass through it, and the foot of a beast will not pass through it, and it will not be inhabited for forty years.

Jubilee Bible 2000
No foot of man shall pass through it, nor foot of beast shall pass through it, neither shall it be inhabited forty years.

King James 2000 Bible
No foot of man shall pass through it, nor foot of beast shall pass through it, neither shall it be inhabited forty years.

American King James Version
No foot of man shall pass through it, nor foot of beast shall pass through it, neither shall it be inhabited forty years.

American Standard Version
No foot of man shall pass through it, nor foot of beast shall pass through it, neither shall it be inhabited forty years.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The foot of man shall not pass through it, neither shall the foot of beasts go through it: nor shall it be inhabited during forty years.

Darby Bible Translation
No foot of man shall pass through it, nor shall foot of beast pass through it, nor shall it be inhabited, forty years.

English Revised Version
No foot of man shall pass through it, nor foot of beast shall pass through it, neither shall it be inhabited forty years.

Webster's Bible Translation
No foot of man shall pass through it, nor foot of beast shall pass through it, neither shall it be inhabited forty years.

World English Bible
No foot of man shall pass through it, nor foot of animal shall pass through it, neither shall it be inhabited forty years.

Young's Literal Translation
Not pass over into it doth a foot of man, Yea, the foot of beast doth not pass into it, Nor is it inhabited forty years.
Study Bible
The Desolation of Egypt
10therefore, behold, I am against you and against your rivers, and I will make the land of Egypt an utter waste and desolation, from Migdol to Syene and even to the border of Ethiopia. 11"A man's foot will not pass through it, and the foot of a beast will not pass through it, and it will not be inhabited for forty years. 12"So I will make the land of Egypt a desolation in the midst of desolated lands. And her cities, in the midst of cities that are laid waste, will be desolate forty years; and I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations and disperse them among the lands."…
Cross References
Isaiah 34:10
It will not be quenched night or day; Its smoke will go up forever. From generation to generation it will be desolate; None will pass through it forever and ever.

Jeremiah 9:10
"For the mountains I will take up a weeping and wailing, And for the pastures of the wilderness a dirge, Because they are laid waste so that no one passes through, And the lowing of the cattle is not heard; Both the birds of the sky and the beasts have fled; they are gone.

Jeremiah 43:11
"He will also come and strike the land of Egypt; those who are meant for death will be given over to death, and those for captivity to captivity, and those for the sword to the sword.

Jeremiah 43:12
"And I shall set fire to the temples of the gods of Egypt, and he will burn them and take them captive. So he will wrap himself with the land of Egypt as a shepherd wraps himself with his garment, and he will depart from there safely.

Jeremiah 46:19
"Make your baggage ready for exile, O daughter dwelling in Egypt, For Memphis will become a desolation; It will even be burned down and bereft of inhabitants.

Ezekiel 32:13
"I will also destroy all its cattle from beside many waters; And the foot of man will not muddy them anymore And the hoofs of beasts will not muddy them.
Treasury of Scripture

No foot of man shall pass through it, nor foot of beast shall pass through it, neither shall it be inhabited forty years.

foot of man

Ezekiel 20:10-13 Why I caused them to go forth out of the land of Egypt, and brought …

Ezekiel 31:12 And strangers, the terrible of the nations, have cut him off, and …

Ezekiel 32:13 I will destroy also all the beasts thereof from beside the great …

Ezekiel 33:28 For I will lay the land most desolate, and the pomp of her strength …

Ezekiel 36:28 And you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and …

Jeremiah 43:11 And when he comes, he shall smite the land of Egypt, and deliver …

forty

2 Chronicles 36:21 To fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the …

Isaiah 23:15,17 And it shall come to pass in that day, that Tyre shall be forgotten …

Jeremiah 25:11,12 And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and …

Jeremiah 29:10 For thus said the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished …

Daniel 9:2 In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number …

(11) Neither shall it be inhabited forty years.--In Ezekiel 29:9-12 a state of desolation is predicted for Egypt, which, if understood in the literal sense of the words, has certainly never been fulfilled. In Ezekiel 29:9 it is said that it "shall be desolate and waste," and this is repeated with emphasis in Ezekiel 29:10; while in Ezekiel 29:11 it is declared that neither foot of man nor foot of beast shall pass through it. There is also a difficulty in regard to the time of "forty years," mentioned in Ezekiel 29:11-13. No such definite period can be made out from history. The two difficulties go together, and the former is explained by the latter. It has already been seen in Ezekiel 4:6 that the prophet represents the calamity of Judah in the historic terms of their former suffering in the wilderness, without thereby intending either any specific time or any precise repetition of the same troubles they had then experienced. He does the same thing here in regard to Egypt. The people are to pass into a condition like that of the Israelites in the wilderness, in which they were to endure the judgment of God upon their sins. This is expressed, after the manner of Ezekiel, in strong concrete terms, the literal fulfilment of which was neither intended nor expected.

Verse 11. - Neither shall it be inhabited forty years. It need hardly be said that history reveals no such period of devastation. Nor, indeed, would anything but the most prosaic literalism justify us in looking for it. We are dealing with the language of a poet-prophet, which is naturally that of hyperbole, and so the "forty years" stand, as, perhaps, elsewhere (Judges 3:11; Judges 5:31, etc.), for a period of undefined duration, and the picture of a land on which no man or beast sets foot for that of a time of desolation, and consequent cessation of all the customary traffic along the Nile. Such a period, there is reason to believe, did follow on the conquests of Nebuchadnezzar. It is implied in Vers. 17-21, which carry us to a date seventeen years later than that of the verse with which we are now dealing; and also in Jeremiah 43:10-12. Josephus ('Contra Apion,' 1:20) speaks of Nebuchadnezzar as having invaded Libya. The reign of Amasis, which followed on the deposition of Hophra, was one of general prosperity as regards commerce and culture, but Egypt ceased to be one of the great world-powers after the time of Nebuchadnezzar and fell easily into the hands of the Persians under Cambyses. It is noticeable that Ezekiel does not, like Isaiah (Isaiah 19:18-25), connect the future of Egypt with any Messianic expectations. No foot of man shall pass through it,.... This must be understood not strictly, but with some limitation; it cannot be thought that Egypt was so depopulated as that there should not be a single passenger in it; but that there should be few inhabitants in it, or that there should be scarce any that should come into it for traffic; it should not be frequented as it had been at least there should be very few that travelled in it, in comparison of what had:

no foot of beast shall pass through it: no droves of sheep and oxen, and such like useful cattle, only beasts of prey should dwell in it:

neither shall it be inhabited forty years: afterwards, Ezekiel 29:17, a prophecy is given out concerning the destruction of it by Nebuchadnezzar, which was in the twenty seventh year, that is, of Jeconiah's captivity; now allowing three years for the fulfilment of that prophecy, or forty years, a round number put for forty three years, they will end about the time that Cyrus conquered Babylon, at which time the seventy years' captivity of the Jews ended; and very likely the captivity of the Egyptians also. The Jews pretend to give a reason why Egypt lay waste just forty years, because the famine, signified in Pharaoh's dream, was to have lasted, as they make it out, forty two years; whereas, according to them, it continued only two years; and, instead of the other forty years of famine, Egypt must be forty years uninhabited: this is mentioned both by Jarchi and Kimchi. 11. forty years—answering to the forty years in which the Israelites, their former bondsmen, wandered in "the wilderness" (compare Note, see on [1072]Eze 29:5). Jerome remarks the number forty is one often connected with affliction and judgment. The rains of the flood in forty days brought destruction on the world. Moses, Elias, and the Saviour fasted forty days. The interval between Egypt's overthrow by Nebuchadnezzar and the deliverance by Cyrus, was about forty years. The ideal forty years' wilderness state of social and political degradation, rather than a literal non-passing of man or beast for that term, is mainly intended (so Eze 4:6; Isa 19:2, 11).29:1-16 Worldly, carnal minds pride themselves in their property, forgetting that whatever we have, we received it from God, and should use it for God. Why, then, do we boast? Self is the great idol which all the world worships, in contempt of God and his sovereignty. God can force men out of that in which they are most secure and easy. Such a one, and all that cleave to him, shall perish together. Thus end men's pride, presumption, and carnal security. The Lord is against those who do harm to his people, and still more against those who lead them into sin. Egypt shall be a kingdom again, but it shall be the basest of the kingdoms; it shall have little wealth and power. History shows the complete fulfilment of this prophecy. God, not only in justice, but in wisdom and goodness to us, breaks the creature-stays on which we lean, that they may be no more our confidence.
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