46 The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet cconcerning the nations.
2 About Egypt. dConcerning the army of Pharaoh Neco, king of Egypt, which was by the river Euphrates at Carchemish and which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon defeated in ethe fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah:
3 f“Prepare buckler and shield,
4 gHarness the horses;
fpolish your spears,
Their hwarriors are beaten down
ithey look not back—
jterror on every side!
din the north by the river Euphrates
kthey have stumbled and fallen.
7 “Who is this, lrising like the Nile,
like rivers mwhose waters surge?
like rivers mwhose waters surge.
9 nAdvance, O horses,
men of Cush and oPut who handle the shield,
pmen of Lud, skilled in handling the bow.
10 qThat day is the day of the Lord God of hosts,
ra day of vengeance,
sto avenge himself on his foes.
tThe sword shall devour and be sated
For the Lord God of hosts holds ua sacrifice
ythere is no healing for you.
zfor warrior has stumbled against warrior;
13 The word that the Lord spoke to Jeremiah the prophet about the coming of aNebuchadnezzar king of Babylon to strike the land of Egypt:
14 “Declare in Egypt, and proclaim in bMigdol;
say, c‘Stand ready and be prepared,
for dthe sword shall devour around you.’
They do not stand1
16 He made many stumble, fand they fell,
gbecause of the sword of the oppressor.’
17 Call the name of hPharaoh, king of Egypt,
18 i“As I live, declares the King,
jwhose name is the Lord of hosts,
like kTabor among the mountains
and like lCarmel by the sea, shall one come.
19 mPrepare yourselves baggage for exile,
O ninhabitants of Egypt!
For oMemphis shall become a waste,
a ruin, pwithout inhabitant.
20 “A beautiful qheifer is Egypt,
but a biting fly rfrom the north has come upon her.
are like sfattened calves;
tthe time of their punishment.
22 “She makes ua sound like a serpent gliding away;
vlike those who fell trees.
23 vThey shall cut down her forest,
because wthey are more numerous than locusts;
she shall be delivered into the hand of ra people from the north.”
25 The Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, said: “Behold, I am bringing punishment upon xAmon of yThebes, and Pharaoh and Egypt zand her gods and her kings, upon Pharaoh and those who trust in him. 26 aI will deliver them into the hand of those who seek their life, into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and his officers. bAfterward Egypt shall be inhabited cas in the days of old, declares the Lord.
27 d“But fear not, O Jacob my servant,
28 dFear not, O Jacob my servant,
eI will discipline you in just measure,
hand shall become an overflowing torrent;
they shall overflow jthe land and all that fills it,
lat the rushing of his chariots, at the rumbling of their wheels,
the fathers mlook not back to their children,
all fthe Philistines,
to cut off from nTyre and Sidon
5 qBaldness has come upon Gaza;
rAshkelon has perished.
show long will you gash yourselves?
6 tAh, sword of the Lord!
7 How can it2 be quiet
uwhen the Lord has given it a charge?
Against vAshkelon and against the seashore
whe has appointed it.”
48 xConcerning Moab.
“Woe to yNebo, for it is laid waste!
zKiriathaim is put to shame, it is taken;
the fortress is put to shame aand broken down;
In bHeshbon they planned disaster against her:
‘Come, let us cut her off cfrom being a nation!’
You also, O dMadmen, shall be brought to silence;
3 “A voice! A cry from eHoronaim,
5 eFor at the ascent of Luhith
they go up weeping;3
for eat the descent of Horonaim
they have heard the distressed cry4 of destruction.
You will be like fa juniper in the desert!
7 For, gbecause you trusted in your works and your treasures,
with jhis priests and his officials.
8 kThe destroyer shall come upon every city,
and lthe plain shall be destroyed,
and has osettled on his dregs;
12 “Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I shall send to him pourers who will pour him, and empty his vessels and break his5 jars in pieces. 13 Then pMoab shall be ashamed of Chemosh, as qthe house of Israel was ashamed of rBethel, their confidence.
15 The destroyer of sMoab and his cities has come up,
and the choicest of his young men have tgone down to slaughter,
17 vGrieve for him, all you who are around him,
say, w‘How the mighty scepter is broken,
18 x“Come down from your glory,
O inhabitant of yDibon!
O inhabitant of aAroer!
vwail and cry!
Tell it beside bthe Arnon,
that sMoab is laid waste.
21 “Judgment has come upon cthe tableland, upon Holon, and dJahzah, and Mephaath, 22 and yDibon, and eNebo, and Beth-diblathaim, 23 and fKiriathaim, and Beth-gamul, and gBeth-meon, 24 and hKerioth, and iBozrah, and all the cities of the land of Moab, far and near. 25 jThe horn of Moab is cut off, and khis arm is broken, declares the Lord.
26 l“Make him drunk, mbecause he magnified himself against the Lord, so that Moab shall lwallow in his vomit, nand he too shall be held in derision. 27 oWas not Israel a derision to you? pWas he found among thieves, that whenever you spoke of him qyou wagged your head?
28 r“Leave the cities, and dwell in the rock,
Be slike the dove that nests
29 tWe have heard of the pride of Moab—
uhis boasts are false,
31 vTherefore I wail for Moab;
for the men of wKir-hareseth I mourn.
32 More than for xJazer I weep for you,
aYour branches passed over the sea,
reached to the Sea of xJazer;
33 bGladness and joy have been taken away
34 c“From the outcry at Heshbon even to Elealeh, as far as Jahaz they utter their voice, from Zoar to dHoronaim and Eglath-shelishiyah. For the waters of Nimrim also have become desolate. 35 And I will bring to an end in Moab, declares the Lord, him who offers sacrifice in ethe high place and makes offerings to his god. 36 Therefore my heart moans for Moab like a flute, and my heart moans like a flute for the men of fKir-hareseth. gTherefore the riches they gained have perished.
37 h“For every head is shaved and every beard cut off. iOn all the hands are gashes, and jaround the waist is sackcloth. 38 On all the housetops of Moab and in the squares there is nothing but lamentation, for I have broken Moab like ka vessel for which no one cares, declares the Lord. 39 How it is broken! How they wail! lHow Moab has turned his back in shame! So Moab mhas become a derision and a horror to all that are around him.”
“Behold, none shall fly swiftly like an eagle
oand spread his wings against Moab;
41 pthe cities shall be taken
qThe heart of the warriors of Moab shall be in that day
like the heart of ra woman in her birth pains;
42 Moab shall be sdestroyed and be no longer a people,
because the magnified himself against the Lord.
43 uTerror, pit, and snare
vFor I will bring these things upon Moab,
it has destroyed wthe forehead of Moab,
the crown of wthe sons of tumult.
46 xWoe to you, O Moab!
The people of yChemosh are undone,
47 zYet I will restore the fortunes of Moab