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them from the distant lands where I have scattered them. I will reveal to
the nations of the world my holiness among my people. They will live
safely in Is­ra­el and build homes and plant vineyards. And when I pun­
ish the neighboring nations that treated them with contempt, they will
know that I am the Lord their God.”
On January 7, during the tenth year of King Je­hoi­a­chin’s captivity, this
message came to me from the Lord: “Son of man, turn and face Egypt
and prophesy against Pha­raoh the king and all the people of Egypt. Give
them this message from the Sovereign Lord:
“I am your enemy, O Pharaoh, king of Egypt—
you great monster, lurking in the streams of the Nile.
For you have said, ‘The Nile River is mine;
I made it for myself.’
I will put hooks in your jaws
and drag you out on the land
with fish sticking to your scales.
I will leave you and all your fish
stranded in the wilderness to die.
You will lie unburied on the open ground,
for I have given you as food to the wild animals and birds.
All the people of Egypt will know that I am the Lord,
for to Israel you were just a staff made of reeds.
When Israel leaned on you,
you splintered and broke
and stabbed her in the armpit.
When she put her weight on you,
you collapsed, and her legs gave way.
“Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will bring an army
against you, O Egypt, and destroy both people and animals. The land of
Egypt will become a desolate wasteland, and the Egyptians will know that
I am the Lord.
“Because you said, ‘The Nile River is mine; I made it,’ I am now the
enemy of both you and your river. I will make the land of Egypt a totally
desolate wasteland, from Migdol to Aswan, as far south as the border of
Ethi­op­ ia. For forty years not a soul will pass that way, neither people nor
animals. It will be completely uninhabited. I will make Egypt desolate, and
it will be surrounded by other desolate nations. Its cities will be empty and

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