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IMMERSE

PROPHETS
46:22–47:3
Egypt is as sleek as a beautiful heifer,
but a horsefly from the north is on its way!
Egypt’s mercenaries have become like fattened calves.
They, too, will turn and run,
for it is a day of great disaster for Egypt,
a time of great punishment.
Egypt flees, silent as a serpent gliding away.
The invading army marches in;
they come against her with axes like woodsmen.
They will cut down her people like trees,” says the Lord,
“for they are more numerous than locusts.
Egypt will be humiliated;
she will be handed over to people from the north.”
The Lord of Heaven’s Ar­mies, the God of Is­ra­el, says: “I will punish
Amon, the god of Thebes, and all the other gods of Egypt. I will punish
its rulers and Pha­raoh, too, and all who trust in him. I will hand them over
to those who want them killed—to King Neb­uc­ had­nez­zar of Bab­ylon and
his army. But afterward the land will recover from the ravages of war. I, the
Lord, have spoken!
“But do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant;
do not be dismayed, Israel.
For I will bring you home again from distant lands,
and your children will return from their exile.
Israel will return to a life of peace and quiet,
and no one will terrorize them.
Do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant,
for I am with you,” says the Lord.
“I will completely destroy the nations to which I have exiled you,
but I will not completely destroy you.
I will discipline you, but with justice;
I cannot let you go unpunished.”
This is the Lord’s message to the prophet Jer­e­mi­ah concerning the Phi­
lis­tines of Gaza, before it was captured by the Egyptian army. This is what
the Lord says:
“A flood is coming from the north
to overflow the land.
It will destroy the land and everything in it—
cities and people alike.





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