An Oracle Concerning Egypt

Isaiah 19

1 The a burden 1 against Egypt.
Behold, the LORD b rides on a swift cloud,
And will come into Egypt;
c The idols of Egypt will 2 totter at His presence,
And the heart of Egypt will melt in its midst.
2 "I will d set Egyptians against Egyptians;
Everyone will fight against his brother,
And everyone against his neighbor,
City against city, kingdom against kingdom.
3 The spirit of Egypt will fail in its midst;
I will destroy their counsel,
And they will e consult the idols and the charmers,
The mediums and the sorcerers.
4 And the Egyptians I will give
f Into the hand of a cruel master,
And a fierce king will rule over them,"
Says the Lord, the LORD of hosts.

5 g The waters will fail from the sea,
And the river will be wasted and dried up.
6 The rivers will turn foul;
The brooks h of defense will be emptied and dried up;
The reeds and rushes will wither.
7 The papyrus reeds by 3 the River, by the mouth of the River,
And everything sown by the River, 4
Will wither, be driven away, and be no more.
8 The fishermen also will mourn;
All those will lament who cast hooks into the River,
And they will languish who spread nets on the waters.
9 Moreover those who work in i fine flax
And those who weave fine fabric will be ashamed;
10 And its foundations will be broken.
All who make wages will be troubled of soul.

11 Surely the princes of j Zoan are fools;
Pharaoh's wise counselors give foolish counsel.
k How do you say to Pharaoh, "I am the son of the wise,
The son of ancient kings?"
12 l Where are they?
Where are your wise men?
Let them tell you now,
And let them know what the LORD of hosts has m purposed against Egypt.
13 The princes of Zoan have become fools;
n The princes of 5 Noph 6 are deceived;
They have also 7 deluded Egypt,
Those who are the 8 mainstay of its tribes.
14 The LORD has mingled o a perverse spirit in her midst;
And they have caused Egypt to err in all her work,
As a drunken man staggers in his vomit.
15 Neither will there be any work for Egypt,
Which p the head or tail,
Palm branch or bulrush, may do. 9

  1. Cross References
    Jeremiah 9:25
    Behold, the days are coming," says the LORD, "that I will punish all who are circumcised with the uncircumcised -
    Jeremiah 9:26
    "Egypt, Judah, Edom, the people of Ammon, Moab, and all who are in the farthest corners, who dwell in the wilderness. For all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in the heart."
    Ezekiel 29:1
    In the tenth year, in the tenth month, on the twelfth day of the month, the word of the LORD came to me, saying.
    Ezekiel 30:19
    Thus I will execute judgments on Egypt, Then they shall know that I am the LORD." '
    Joel 3:19
    Egypt shall be a desolation, And Edom a desolate wilderness, Because of violence against the people of Judah, For they have shed innocent blood in their land.
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 18:10
    And He rode upon a cherub, and flew; He flew upon the wings of the wind.
    Psalms 104:3
    He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters, Who makes the clouds His chariot, Who walks on the wings of the wind.
    Matthew 26:64
    Jesus said to him, " It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.
    Revelation 1:7
    Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.
  3. Cross References
    Exodus 12:12
    For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.
    Jeremiah 43:12
    I will kindle a fire in the houses of the gods of Egypt, and he shall burn them and carry them away captive. And he shall array himself with the land of Egypt, as a shepherd puts on his garment, and he shall go out from there in peace.
  4. Cross References
    Judges 7:22
    When the three hundred blew the trumpets, the L...
    1 Samuel 14:16
    Now the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin ...
    1 Samuel 14:20
    Then Saul and all the people who were with him ...
    2 Chronicles 20:23
    For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up again...
    Matthew 10:21
    Now brother will deliver up brother to death, a...
    Matthew 10:36
    "and 'a man's enemies will be those of his own ...
  5. Cross References
    1 Chronicles 10:13
    So Saul died for his unfaithfulness which he had committed against the LORD, because he did not keep the word of the LORD, and also because he consulted a medium for guidance.
    Isaiah 8:19
    And when they say to you, "Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter," should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living?
    Isaiah 47:12
    Stand now with your enchantments And the multitude of your sorceries, In which you have labored from your youth - Perhaps you will be able to profit, Perhaps you will prevail.
    Daniel 2:2
    Then the king gave the command to call the magicians, the astrologers, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans to tell the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king.
  6. Cross References
    Isaiah 20:4
    So shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians as prisoners and the Ethiopians as captives, young and old, naked and barefoot, with their buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.
    Jeremiah 46:26
    And I will deliver them into the hand of those who seek their lives, into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and the hand of his servants. Afterward it shall be inhabited as in the days of old," says the LORD.
    Ezekiel 29:19
    Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: 'Surely I will give the land of Egypt to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; he shall take away her wealth, carry off her spoil, and remove her pillage; and that will be the wages for his army.
  7. Cross References
    Isaiah 50:2
    Why, when I came, was there no man? Why, when I called, was there none to answer? Is My hand shortened at all that it cannot redeem? Or have I no power to deliver? Indeed with My rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness; Their fish stink because there is no water, And die of thirst.
    Jeremiah 51:36
    Therefore thus says the LORD: "Behold, I will plead your case and take vengeance for you. I will dry up her sea and make her springs dry.
    Ezekiel 30:12
    I will make the rivers dry, And sell the land into the hand of the wicked; I will make the land waste, and all that is in it, By the hand of aliens. I, the LORD, have spoken.
  8. Cross References
    2 Kings 19:24
    I have dug and drunk strange water, And with the soles of my feet I have dried up All the brooks of defense.
  9. Cross References
    1 Kings 10:28
    Also Solomon had horses imported from Egypt and Ke-veh'; the king's merchants bought them in Ke-veh' at the current price.
    Proverbs 7:16
    I have spread my bed with tapestry, Colored coverings of Egyptian linen.
    Ezekiel 27:7
    Fine embroidered linen from Egypt was what you spread for your sail; Blue and purple from the coasts of Elishah was what covered you.
  10. Cross References
    Numbers 13:22
    And they went up through the South and came to Hebron; Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the descendants of Anak, were there. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.)
    Psalms 78:12
    Marvelous things He did in the sight of their fathers, In the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
    Psalms 78:43
    When He worked His signs in Egypt, And His wonders in the field of Zoan.
    Isaiah 30:4
    For his princes were at Zoan, And his ambassadors came to Hanes.
  11. Cross References
    Genesis 41:38
    And Pharaoh said to his servants, "Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?
    Genesis 41:39
    Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you.
    1 Kings 4:29
    And God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding, and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore.
    1 Kings 4:30
    Thus Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the men of the East and all the wisdom of Egypt.
    Acts 7:22
    And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and deeds.
  12. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 1:20
    Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
  13. Cross References
    Psalms 33:11
    The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations.
  14. Cross References
    Jeremiah 2:16
    Also the people of Noph and Tahpanhes Have broken the crown of your head.
    Ezekiel 30:13
    Thus says the Lord GOD: "I will also destroy the idols, And cause the images to cease from Noph; There shall no longer be princes from the land of Egypt; I will put fear in the land of Egypt.
  15. Cross References
    1 Kings 22:22
    "The LORD said to him, 'In what way?' So he said, 'I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.' And the LORD said, 'You shall persuade him, and also prevail. Go out and do so.'
    Isaiah 29:10
    For the LORD has poured out on you The spirit of deep sleep, And has closed your eyes, namely, the prophets; And He has covered your heads, namely, the seers.
  16. Cross References
    Isaiah 9:14 - 16
    Therefore the LORD will cut off head and tail from Israel, Palm branch and bulrush in one day.
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