Isaiah 19:5
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New International Version
The waters of the river will dry up, and the riverbed will be parched and dry.

New Living Translation
The waters of the Nile will fail to rise and flood the fields. The riverbed will be parched and dry.

English Standard Version
And the waters of the sea will be dried up, and the river will be dry and parched,

New American Standard Bible
The waters from the sea will dry up, And the river will be parched and dry.

King James Bible
And the waters shall fail from the sea, and the river shall be wasted and dried up.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The waters of the sea will dry up, and the river will be parched and dry.

International Standard Version
"The water sources of the Nile will be dried up, and the river will become dry and parched.

NET Bible
The water of the sea will be dried up, and the river will dry up and be empty.

New Heart English Bible
The waters will fail from the sea, and the river will be wasted and become dry.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The water in the Nile River will be dried up, and the river will be dry and empty.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the waters shall fail from the sea, And the river shall be drained dry,

New American Standard 1977
And the waters from the sea will dry up,
            And the river will be parched and dry.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the waters shall fail from the sea, and the river shall be wasted and dried up.

King James 2000 Bible
And the waters shall fail from the sea, and the river shall be wasted and dried up.

American King James Version
And the waters shall fail from the sea, and the river shall be wasted and dried up.

American Standard Version
And the waters shall fail from the sea, and the river shall be wasted and become dry.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the water of the sea shall be dried up, and the river shall be wasted and dry.

Darby Bible Translation
And the waters shall fail from the sea, and the river shall be wasted and dried up;

English Revised Version
And the waters shall fail from the sea, and the river shall be wasted and become dry.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the waters shall fail from the sea, and the rivers shall be wasted and dried up.

World English Bible
The waters will fail from the sea, and the river will be wasted and become dry.

Young's Literal Translation
And failed have waters from the sea, And a river is wasted and dried up.
Study Bible
The Burden Concerning Egypt
4"Moreover, I will deliver the Egyptians into the hand of a cruel master, And a mighty king will rule over them," declares the Lord GOD of hosts. 5The waters from the sea will dry up, And the river will be parched and dry. 6The canals will emit a stench, The streams of Egypt will thin out and dry up; The reeds and rushes will rot away.…
Cross References
Job 14:11
"As water evaporates from the sea, And a river becomes parched and dried up,

Isaiah 15:6
For the waters of Nimrim are desolate. Surely the grass is withered, the tender grass died out, There is no green thing.

Isaiah 23:11
He has stretched His hand out over the sea, He has made the kingdoms tremble; The LORD has given a command concerning Canaan to demolish its strongholds.

Isaiah 50:2
"Why was there no man when I came? When I called, why was there none to answer? Is My hand so short that it cannot ransom? Or have I no power to deliver? Behold, I dry up the sea with My rebuke, I make the rivers a wilderness; Their fish stink for lack of water And die of thirst.

Jeremiah 51:36
Therefore thus says the LORD, "Behold, I am going to plead your case And exact full vengeance for you; And I will dry up her sea And make her fountain dry.

Ezekiel 30:12
"Moreover, I will make the Nile canals dry And sell the land into the hands of evil men. And I will make the land desolate And all that is in it, By the hand of strangers; I the LORD have spoken."

Zechariah 10:11
"And they will pass through the sea of distress And He will strike the waves in the sea, So that all the depths of the Nile will dry up; And the pride of Assyria will be brought down And the scepter of Egypt will depart.
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And the waters shall fail from the sea, and the river shall be wasted and dried up.

Jeremiah 51:36 Therefore thus said the LORD; Behold, I will plead your cause, and …

Ezekiel 30:12 And I will make the rivers dry, and sell the land into the hand of …

Zechariah 10:11 And he shall pass through the sea with affliction, and shall smite …

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(5) The waters shall fail from the sea.--The "sea," like the river, is, of course, the Nile (Homer calls it Oceanus), or, possibly, indicates specially the Pelusiac branch of the river. So the White and Blue Niles are respectively the White and Blue Seas (Bahr). The words that follow seem to describe partly the result of the failure of the annual rising of the Nile, partly of the neglect of the appliances of irrigation caused by the anarchy implied in Isaiah 19:2 (Herod. ii. 137).

Verse 5 - The waters shall fail from the sea. By "the sea" it is generally allowed that the Nile must be meant, as in Isaiah 18:2 and Nahum 3:8. The failure might be caused by deficient rains in Abyssinia and Equatorial Africa, producing an insufficient inundation. It might be aggravated by the neglect of dykes and canals, which would be the natural consequence of civil disorders (see Canon Cook's 'Inscription of Piankhi,' p. 14). Wasted and dried up; rather, parched and dried up. Allowance must be made for Oriental hyperbole. The meaning is only that there shall be a great deficiency in the water supply. Such a deficiency has often been the cause of terrible famines in Egypt. And the waters shall fail from the sea,.... Which Kimchi understands figuratively of the destruction of the Egyptians by the king of Assyria, compared to the drying up of the waters of the Nile; and others think that the failure of their trade by sea is meant, which brought great revenues into the kingdom: but, by what follows, it seems best to take the words in a literal sense, of the waters of the river Nile, which being dried up, as in the next clause, could not empty themselves into the sea, as they used, and therefore very properly may be said to fail from it; nay, the Nile itself may be called a sea, it being so large a confluence of water:

and the river shall be wasted and dried up; that is, the river Nile, which was not only very useful for their trade and navigation, but the fruitfulness of the country depended upon it; for the want of rain, in the land of Egypt, was supplied by the overflow of this river, at certain times, which brought and left such a slime upon the earth, as made it exceeding fertile; now the drying up of this river was either occasioned by some great drought, which God in judgment sent; or by the practices of some of their princes with this river, by which it was greatly impaired, and its usefulness diminished. 5. the sea—the Nile. Physical calamities, it is observed in history, often accompany political convulsions (Eze 30:12). The Nile shall "fail" to rise to its wonted height, the result of which will be barrenness and famine. Its "waters" at the time of the overflow resemble "a sea" [Pliny, Natural History, 85.11]; and it is still called El-Bahr," "the sea," by the Egyptians (Isa 18:2; Jer 51:36). A public record is kept at Cairo of the daily rise of the water at the proper time of overflow, namely, August: if it rises to a less height than twelve cubits, it will not overflow the land, and famine must be the result. So, also, when it rises higher than sixteen; for the waters are not drained off in time sufficient to sow the seed.19:1-17 God shall come into Egypt with his judgments. He will raise up the causes of their destruction from among themselves. When ungodly men escape danger, they are apt to think themselves secure; but evil pursues sinners, and will speedily overtake them, except they repent. The Egyptians will be given over into the hand of one who shall rule them with rigour, as was shortly after fulfilled. The Egyptians were renowned for wisdom and science; yet the Lord would give them up to their own perverse schemes, and to quarrel, till their land would be brought by their contests to become an object of contempt and pity. He renders sinners afraid of those whom they have despised and oppressed; and the Lord of hosts will make the workers of iniquity a terror to themselves, and to each other; and every object around a terror to them.
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