Ezekiel 29:6
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New International Version
Then all who live in Egypt will know that I am the LORD. "'You have been a staff of reed for the people of Israel.

New Living Translation
All the people of Egypt will know that I am the LORD, for to Israel you were just a staff made of reeds.

English Standard Version
Then all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know that I am the LORD. “Because you have been a staff of reed to the house of Israel,

New American Standard Bible
"Then all the inhabitants of Egypt will know that I am the LORD, Because they have been only a staff made of reed to the house of Israel.

King James Bible
And all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know that I am the LORD, because they have been a staff of reed to the house of Israel.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then all the inhabitants of Egypt will know that I am Yahweh, for they have been a staff made of reed to the house of Israel.

International Standard Version
Then everyone living in Egypt will know that I am the LORD, because they have been an unreliable ally to the house of Israel.

NET Bible
Then all those living in Egypt will know that I am the LORD because they were a reed staff for the house of Israel;

New Heart English Bible
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.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then all those living in Egypt will know that I am the LORD. Egypt, you have become like a [broken] walking stick to the nation of Israel.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know That I am the LORD, Because they have been a staff of reed To the house of Israel.

New American Standard 1977
“Then all the inhabitants of Egypt will know that I am the LORD,
            Because they have been only a staff made of reed to the house of Israel.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know that I am the LORD, because they have been a staff of reed to the house of Israel.

King James 2000 Bible
And all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know that I am the LORD, because they have been a staff of rod to the house of Israel.

American King James Version
And all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know that I am the LORD, because they have been a staff of reed to the house of Israel.

American Standard Version
And all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know that I am Jehovah, because they have been a staff of reed to the house of Israel.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know that I am the Lord: because thou hast been a staff of a reed to the house of Israel.

Darby Bible Translation
And all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know that I [am] Jehovah, because they have been a staff of reed to the house of Israel.

English Revised Version
And all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know that I am the LORD, because they have been a staff of reed to the house of Israel.

Webster's Bible Translation
And all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know that I am the LORD, because they have been a staff of reed to the house of Israel.

World English Bible
All the inhabitants of Egypt will know that I am Yahweh, because they have been a staff of reed to the house of Israel.

Young's Literal Translation
And known have all inhabitants of Egypt That I am Jehovah, Because of their being a staff of reed to the house of Israel.
Study Bible
Judgment against Pharaoh
5"I will abandon you to the wilderness, you and all the fish of your rivers; You will fall on the open field; you will not be brought together or gathered. I have given you for food to the beasts of the earth and to the birds of the sky. 6"Then all the inhabitants of Egypt will know that I am the LORD, Because they have been only a staff made of reed to the house of Israel. 7"When they took hold of you with the hand, You broke and tore all their hands; And when they leaned on you, You broke and made all their loins quake."…
Cross References
2 Kings 18:21
"Now behold, you rely on the staff of this crushed reed, even on Egypt; on which if a man leans, it will go into his hand and pierce it. So is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who rely on him.

Isaiah 20:5
"Then they will be dismayed and ashamed because of Cush their hope and Egypt their boast.

Isaiah 36:6
"Behold, you rely on the staff of this crushed reed, even on Egypt, on which if a man leans, it will go into his hand and pierce it. So is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who rely on him.

Lamentations 4:17
Yet our eyes failed, Looking for help was useless; In our watching we have watched For a nation that could not save.

Ezekiel 17:17
Pharaoh with his mighty army and great company will not help him in the war, when they cast up ramps and build siege walls to cut off many lives.

Ezekiel 29:16
"And it will never again be the confidence of the house of Israel, bringing to mind the iniquity of their having turned to Egypt. Then they will know that I am the Lord GOD."'"

Ezekiel 30:8
"And they will know that I am the LORD, When I set a fire in Egypt And all her helpers are broken.
Treasury of Scripture

And all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know that I am the LORD, because they have been a staff of reed to the house of Israel.

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Ezekiel 28:22-24,26 And say, Thus said the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against you, O Zidon; …

Exodus 9:14 For I will at this time send all my plagues on your heart, and on …

Exodus 14:18 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten …

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2 Kings 18:21 Now, behold, you trust on the staff of this bruised reed, even on …

Isaiah 20:5,6 And they shall be afraid and ashamed of Ethiopia their expectation, …

Isaiah 30:2-7 That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; …

Isaiah 31:1-3 Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and …

Isaiah 36:6 See, you trust in the staff of this broken reed, on Egypt; where …

Jeremiah 2:36 Why gad you about so much to change your way? you also shall be ashamed …

Lamentations 4:17 As for us, our eyes as yet failed for our vain help: in our watching …

(6) A staff of reed.--In Isaiah 36:6 the dependence of Judah upon Egypt is described as trust "in the staff of this broken reed;" but notwithstanding all warnings, they still trusted, especially at the time of this prophecy, and proved in their experience the truth of the Divine word. The figure is taken from the reeds, which grew abundantly on the banks of the Nile, and the statement is historically amplified in the following verse, where the reference is to be understood not of any single fact so much as of a continual, often repeated result. There should be a period in the middle of Ezekiel 29:6, the first half forming the conclusion of the previous denunciation, and the second half being closely connected with Ezekiel 29:7-9. Ezekiel 29:7 is parenthetical.

Verse 6. - A staff of reed unto the house of Israel. Ezekiel reproduces the familiar image of 2 Kings 18:21; Isaiah 36:6. The proverb had not ceased to be true, though the rulers were different. Here, again, the imagery is strictly local. The reeds were as characteristic of the Nile as the crocodiles (Exodus 1:3; Job 40:21). The image of the reed is continued in Ver. 7, and the effect of trusting to its support is described in detail. And all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know that I am the Lord,.... Who could eject their king from his kingdom, and deliver him into the hands of his enemy; though he thought no God could, as he boastingly said, before observed:

because they have been a staff of reed to the house of Israel; alluding to the country of Egypt, which abounded with reeds that grew upon the banks of the river Nile, and other rivers. This signifies that either the Egyptians were weak, and could not help the people of Israel when they applied to them; or rather that they were treacherous and deceitful, and would not assist them, according to agreement; and were even pernicious and hurtful to them, as a broken reed; see Isaiah 36:6. The Targum renders it,

"the staff of a reed broken.'' 6. staff of reed to … Israel—alluding to the reeds on the banks of the Nile, which broke if one leaned upon them (see on [1071]Eze 29:4; Isa 36:6). All Israel's dependence on Egypt proved hurtful instead of beneficial (Isa 30:1-5).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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