|Is 19:1 The [mournful, inspired] oracle (a burden to be carried) concerning Egypt:
Listen carefully, the LORD is riding on a swift cloud and is about to come to Egypt;
The idols of Egypt will tremble at His presence,
And the heart of the Egyptians will melt within them.
|Is 19:2 "So I will provoke Egyptians against Egyptians;
And they will fight, each one against his brother and each one against his neighbor,
City against city, kingdom against kingdom.
|Is 19:3 "Then the spirit of the Egyptians will become exhausted within them and emptied out;
And I will confuse their strategy,
So that they will consult the idols and the spirits of the dead,
And mediums and soothsayers.
|Is 19:4 "And I will hand over the Egyptians to a hard and cruel master,
And a mighty king will rule over them," declares the Lord GOD of hosts.
|Is 19:5 ¶ The waters from the sea will dry up,
And the river will be parched and dry.
|Is 19:6 The canals will become foul-smelling,
The streams of Egypt will thin out and dry up,
The reeds and the rushes will rot away.
|Is 19:7 The meadows by the Nile, by the edge of the Nile,
And all the sown fields of the Nile
Will become dry, be blown away, and be no more.
|Is 19:8 The fishermen will lament (cry out in grief),
And all those who cast a hook into the Nile will mourn,
And those who spread nets upon the waters will languish.
|Is 19:9 Moreover, those who make linen from combed flax
And those who weave white cloth will be ashamed.
|Is 19:10 [Those who are] the pillars and foundations of Egypt will be crushed;
And all those who work for wages will be grieved in soul.
|Is 19:11 ¶ The princes of Zoan are complete fools;
The counsel of the Pharaoh's wisest advisors has become stupid.
How can you say to Pharaoh,
"I am a son of the wise, a son of ancient kings?"
|Is 19:12 Where then are your wise men?
Please let them tell you,
And let them understand what the LORD of hosts
Has purposed against Egypt [if they can].
|Is 19:13 The princes of Zoan have acted like fools,
The princes of Memphis are deluded [and entertain false hope];
Those who are the cornerstone of her tribes
Have led Egypt astray.
|Is 19:14 The LORD has mixed a spirit of distortion within her;
Her leaders have caused Egypt to stagger in all that she does,
As a drunken man staggers in his vomit.
|Is 19:15 There will be no work for Egypt
Which head or tail, [high] palm branch or [low] bulrush, may do.
|Is 19:16 ¶ In that day the Egyptians will become like [helpless] women, and they will tremble and be frightened because of the waving of the hand of the LORD of hosts, which He is going to wave over them.|
|Is 19:17 The land of Judah [Assyria's ally] will become a terror to the Egyptians; everyone to whom Judah is mentioned will be in dread of it, because of the purpose of the LORD of hosts which He is planning against Egypt.|
|Is 19:18 ¶ In that day five cities in the land of Egypt will speak the language of [the Hebrews of] Canaan and swear allegiance to the LORD of hosts. One [of them] will be called the City of Destruction.|
|Is 19:19 ¶ In that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a memorial stone to the LORD near its border.|
|Is 19:20 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, a [Great] Defender, and He will rescue them. [Judg 2:18; 3:9, 15]|
|Is 19:21 And so the LORD will make Himself known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know [heed, honor, and cherish] the LORD in that day. They will even worship with sacrifices [of animals] and offerings [of produce]; they will make a vow to the LORD and fulfill it.|
|Is 19:22 The LORD will strike Egypt, striking but healing it; so they will return to the LORD, and He will respond to them and heal them.|
|Is 19:23 ¶ In 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 and serve [the LORD] with the Assyrians.|
|Is 19:24 ¶ In that day Israel will be the third party with Egypt and with Assyria [in a Messianic league], a blessing in the midst of the earth,|
|Is 19:25 whom the LORD of hosts has blessed, saying, "Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My heritage."|