Lament over Pharaoh and Egypt
1And it came about in the twelfth year, in the twelfth month, on the first of the month, that the word of the LORD came to me saying,
2“Son of man, take up a lamentation over Pharaoh king of Egypt, and say to him,
3Thus says the Lord GOD,
4“And I will leave you on the land;
5“And I will lay your flesh on the mountains,
6“I will also make the land drink the discharge of your blood,
7“And when I extinguish you,
8“All the shining lights in the heavens
9“I will also trouble the hearts of many peoples, when I bring your destruction among the nations, into lands which you have not known. 10“And I will make many peoples appalled at you, and their kings shall be horribly afraid of you when I brandish My sword before them; and they shall tremble every moment, every man for his own life, on the day of your fall.”
11For thus says the Lord GOD, “The sword of the king of Babylon shall come upon you.
12“By the swords of the mighty ones I will cause your multitude to fall; all of them are tyrants of the nations,
13“I will also destroy all its cattle from beside many waters;
14“Then I will make their waters settle,
15“When I make the land of Egypt a desolation,
16“This is a lamentation and they shall chant it. The daughters of the nations shall chant it. Over Egypt and over all her multitude they shall chant it,” declares the Lord GOD.
17And it came about in the twelfth year, on the fifteenth of the month, that the word of the LORD came to me saying, 18“Son of man, wail for the multitude of Egypt, and bring it down, her and the daughters of the powerful nations, to the nether world, with those who go down to the pit;
19‘Whom do you surpass in beauty?
20“They shall fall in the midst of those who are slain by the sword. She is given over to the sword; they have drawn her and all her multitudes away. 21“The strong among the mighty ones shall speak of him and his helpers from the midst of Sheol, ‘They have gone down, they lie still, the uncircumcised, slain by the sword.’
22“Assyria is there and all her company; her graves are round about her. All of them are slain, fallen by the sword, 23whose graves are set in the remotest parts of the pit, and her company is round about her grave. All of them are slain, fallen by the sword, who spread terror in the land of the living.
24“Elam is there and all her multitude around her grave; all of them slain, fallen by the sword, who went down uncircumcised to the lower parts of the earth, who instilled their terror in the land of the living, and bore their disgrace with those who went down to the pit. 25“They have made a bed for her among the slain with all her multitude. Her graves are around it, they are all uncircumcised, slain by the sword (although their terror was instilled in the land of the living), and they bore their disgrace with those who go down to the pit; they were put in the midst of the slain.
26“Meshech, Tubal and all their multitude are there; their graves surround them. All of them were slain by the sword uncircumcised, though they instilled their terror in the land of the living. 27“Nor do they lie beside the fallen heroes of the uncircumcised, who went down to Sheol with their weapons of war, and whose swords were laid under their heads; but the punishment for their iniquity rested on their bones, though the terror of these heroes was once in the land of the living. 28“But in the midst of the uncircumcised you will be broken and lie with those slain by the sword.
29“There also is Edom, its kings, and all its princes, who for all their might are laid with those slain by the sword; they will lie with the uncircumcised, and with those who go down to the pit.
30“There also are the chiefs of the north, all of them, and all the Sidonians, who in spite of the terror resulting from their might, in shame went down with the slain. So they lay down uncircumcised with those slain by the sword, and bore their disgrace with those who go down to the pit.
31“These Pharaoh will see, and he will be comforted for all his multitude slain by the sword, even Pharaoh and all his army,” declares the Lord GOD. 32“Though I instilled a terror of him in the land of the living, yet he will be made to lie down among the uncircumcised along with those slain by the sword, even Pharaoh and all his multitude,” declares the Lord GOD.