Message to Egypt
1The oracle concerning Egypt.
2“So I will incite Egyptians against Egyptians;
3“Then the spirit of the Egyptians will be demoralized within them;
4“Moreover, I will deliver the Egyptians into the hand of a cruel master,
5And the waters from the sea will dry up,
6And the canals will emit a stench,
7The bulrushes by the Nile, by the edge of the Nile
8And the fishermen will lament,
9Moreover, the manufacturers of linen made from combed flax
10And the pillars of Egypt will be crushed;
11The princes of Zoan are mere fools;
12Well then, where are your wise men?
13The princes of Zoan have acted foolishly,
14The LORD has mixed within her a spirit of distortion;
15And there will be no work for Egypt
16In that day the Egyptians will become like women, and they will tremble and be in dread because of the waving of the hand of the LORD of hosts, which He is going to wave over them. 17And the land of Judah will become a terror to Egypt; everyone to whom it is mentioned will be in dread of it, because of the purpose of the LORD of hosts which He is purposing against them.
18In that day five cities in the land of Egypt will be speaking the language of Canaan and swearing allegiance to the LORD of hosts; one will be called the City of Destruction.
19In that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the LORD near its border. 20And it will become a sign and a witness to the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the LORD because of oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Champion, and He will deliver them. 21Thus the LORD will make Himself known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the LORD in that day. They will even worship with sacrifice and offering, and will make a vow to the LORD and perform it. 22And the LORD will strike Egypt, striking but healing; so they will return to the LORD, and He will respond to them and will heal them.
23In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrians will come into Egypt and the Egyptians into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians.
24In that day Israel will be the third party with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, 25whom the LORD of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.”