Egypt’s path to God
God on a cloud heads to Egypt1This is a message I have about Egypt.
The LORD rides on a cloud
Headed for Egypt.
Their idols tremble when he comes.
Egyptians get that sinking feeling
As their courage melts to fear.
Inciting a civil war.
Neighbor fights neighbor.
City fights city.
Kingdom fights kingdom.
3I’ll gut their spirit
And swallow their plans.
They’ll go to the dead for direction:
Idols, spirits, mediums, and ghosts.
4I’ll give the Egyptians away
As a gift to a harder ruler.
A terrifying king will lead them,”
That’s from the King of all.
Nile River goes dry5
Egypt’s Nile River runs out of water.
The riverbed’s parched and dry.
Tributaries wither away,
As reeds by the river rot and die.
7Seeds planted by the river
Will dry and die
And blow away in the wind.
8Fishermen will weep.
If they’ve ever dropped a hook and a line
They’ll mourn their loss for the fish they won’t catch.
If they pay their way by throwing nets on the water
They’ll go broke in the days ahead.
9Fabric makers who made clothes of flax
Will lose hope of making a living.
Weavers turn pale as they lose hope, too.
10This crushes the weavers
And breaks their hearts.
It sickens anyone working for pay.
Prince Fool of Zoan11
Princes of Zoan are more fool than prince.
Pharaoh’s advisors are dumb. Where do you get nerve
To say to Pharaoh,
“I’m wise, a sage,
A descendant of kings”?
Find them and ask what’s going on
With the Almighty LORD’s plan for Egypt.
13Zoan rulers are idiots.
Memphis rulers are too,
They lie to themselves all the time.
Leaders of tribes throughout Egypt
Have led Egypt into sin.
14The LORD fed Egypt confusion.
Egypt became a staggering drunk.
When Egypt opens its mouth to speak wisely,
All it will do is vomit.
15No one can help Egypt now.
From head to tail
From palm branches high
To reed plants below
There’s no help for Egypt anywhere. 16Egyptians will all become frightened little ladies trembling when they discover what the LORD plans for them. 17To terrify an Egyptian, all you must do is say the name of the Israelite nation: Judah. Egyptians are afraid because of the punishment the LORD has planned for them.
Good news for Egypt, Assyria, Israel18When this over, five Egyptian cities will join the forces of the LORD, ruler of all people. Heliopolis is one of those cities, also known as the City of Sun. 19Egypt will have a worship center devoted to the LORD. There in the heart of Egypt, people will find a sacrificial altar for worshiping God. And on the border, they’ll find a monument dedicated to him. 20This monument is a sign to let everyone know that Egypt serves Israel’s God—the LORD of everyone. When those Egyptians call on God to save them from an invader, God will absolutely defend them. 21The LORD is going to introduce himself to the Egyptians, and they’re going to get to know him. They’ll worship him with sacrificial offerings. They’ll make promises to him, and they’ll keep them. Egypt will serve the LORD. 22The LORD will punish Egypt for sins as needed. But the LORD will quickly heal the hurt so they’ll get the message and get back on good terms with him. When they ask for help, God will give them help. 23When all this happens, the highway between Egypt and Assyria will be freely traveled in both directions. Assyrians will visit Egypt. Egyptians will visit Assyria. Egypt will serve the Assyrian people. 24Israel stands with the two, Egypt and Assyria—as God blesses them all, and makes them a joy to others. 25The LORD of all creation says, “I’m blessing these nations, Egypt whom I claim as my people, Assyria whom I created, and Israel, my estate and legacy to the world.”
Zoan was a city in Goshen, the fertile Nile River Delta, where the Nile River feeds into the Mediterranean Sea. Zoan is where Moses performed miracles that convinced the Pharaoh, king of Egypt, to free the Hebrew people—ancestors of the Israelites and of today’s Jewish people.
Some ancient manuscripts read “City of Destruction.” In Hebrew, the words are similar looking.
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