Ezekiel 30:1-31:18

The Lord will punish Egypt

1 The Lord spoke again. 2 ‘Son of man,’ he said. ‘Prophesy to the people. Tell them what I, the Lord God, say. You must shout these words,

“A day is coming that will frighten you all!”

3 That day will be very soon. It is the day when the Lord will do this.

He will bring clouds and trouble to the nations.

4 Enemies will come to fight with Egypt.

The people in Cush will be sad.

Many men in Egypt will die

and enemies will carry away their valuable things.

They will break its cities into pieces.

5 Soldiers who fight for Egypt will die, too. They came from Cush, Lydia, Libya, Put and the Arab nations. Some men even came from my own people.’

6 The Lord says, ‘Enemies will kill all the people who fight for Egypt. All the people will die. They will die from the north to the south. They will die from Migdol to Aswan. Enemies will destroy all the army of Egypt.’ I, the Lord God, say this.

7 ‘Egypt will have more desert than any other country. Enemies will break all its cities into pieces. 8 I will cause them to burn Egypt and those who fight for Egypt. Then they will know that I am the Lord.

9 On the day that I destroy Egypt, I will send messengers to Cush. I will send them on ships. The people there think that they are safe. The news from Egypt will make them very afraid. That day is coming soon!

10 I will use King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon to kill all the people in Egypt. He and his army will take away all Egypt's good things. 11 They will come to destroy the country. They will attack Egypt's people with swords. They will fill the country with dead bodies. 12 I will cause the river Nile to become dry. Evil men will rule Egypt. Foreign men will destroy the whole country.’ This is what I, the Lord, say.

13 The Lord God says, ‘I will destroy the idols and false gods in Memphis. Egypt will no longer have its own ruler. Everyone will be very afraid.

14 I will make Pathros a desert and I will burn Zoan with fire.

I will punish the great city called Thebes.

15 Pelusium is the strongest city in Egypt.

I will show it that I am very angry.

Enemies will take away all the valuable things from Thebes.

16 I will make fire burn the country of Egypt.

The pain of Pelusium will be very great.

Enemies will come like a storm and they will take Thebes.

The people in Memphis will always have trouble.

17 Soldiers will kill the young men in Heliopolis and Bubastis.

They will make all the other people their prisoners.

18 I will take away Egypt's power.

Then the people in Tahpanhes will feel that they are in a dark place.

A cloud will cover Egypt.

Enemies will take away the people from the villages.

19 This is how I will punish Egypt.

Then they will know that I am the Lord.’

20 The Lord spoke to me on the seventh day. It was the first month of the 11th year.

21 ‘Son of man,’ he said. ‘I have broken the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt. He will never again have great power. He will always be weak. 22 So this is what the Lord God says, “Pharaoh king of Egypt is my enemy. But I will make him like a man with two broken arms. He will drop his sword. He will not be able to fight again. 23 I will send his people away to many other countries. 24 I will make the king of Babylon strong. I will give him power over Pharaoh. The king of Egypt will cry out like a man who is dying. 25 I will make the king of Babylon strong. But the king of Egypt will have no power. Then they will know that I am the Lord. They will see that I gave Babylon the power to win the fight. 26 I will send the people in Egypt to many different countries. They will live among the nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord.” ’

Ezekiel 31

1 The Lord spoke to me on the first day of the third month. That was in the 11th year. 2 ‘Son of man,’ he said, ‘Speak to Pharaoh king of Egypt and his soldiers:

Nobody is as great or powerful as you are.

3 Think about Assyria. It was like a great cedar tree before.

It had beautiful branches that covered other trees.

It was very tall and it had many leaves.

4 Waters fed the tree and streams made it grow tall.

The streams went round it. And they sent some water to all the other trees.

5 So it became taller than any of the trees in the field.

Many long branches grew from it.

They grew because it had so much water.

6 All kinds of birds lived in its branches.

Under its branches, the wild animals gave birth to their young animals.

It kept safe all the great nations.

7 It was as beautiful as a king in his best clothes.

It drank the deep waters.

8 It was more beautiful than the cedars in God's garden.

The pine trees were not as tall.

Other trees had fewer branches.

No other tree in God's garden was nearly as beautiful.

9 I made the tree beautiful and I gave it its branches.

All the trees in Eden (God's garden) wanted to be as beautiful as the cedar.’

10 So this is what the Lord God says:

‘Assyria was like that tree. It knew that it was very tall. And it thought that it was more important than any other tree. These thoughts were bad thoughts. 11 So I made the ruler of the nations punish it. I have destroyed it because it was so bad. 12 Cruel foreigners cut it down and they went away. They broke all its branches. Its branches fell on the mountains and in the valleys. The nations that it had kept safe all went away from it. 13 The birds sat on the tree that had fallen. And the wild animals walked over its branches. 14 I will never again let a tree become so tall. No tree that grows by the waters will grow as big. It grew taller than other trees. Its top was in the clouds. So it thought that it was more important than the other trees. All the trees will die, like men. They will die even when they have much water. They will never grow so high again. They will die like men. And other men will bury them in the ground.’

15 This is what the Lord God says: ‘They buried the tree. Then I made the deep streams cover it. But I will stop the rivers from sending streams of water to the earth. I will make the mountains of Lebanon dark. All the trees in the forest will become dry and they will die. 16 The nations will shake when they hear the tree fall. They will bury the tree with all those in the earth below. After I have done this, the other trees in the earth will become happy. They were the trees from God's garden (Eden) and from Lebanon. 17 Some trees are already in the earth. Men will bury the cedar tree with those trees. I will send the people who lived under the tree to live in other nations.

18 The king of Egypt and all his people are also like a tree. You are great and powerful. But I will cut you down like the trees of Eden (God's garden). Men will bury you with your dead soldiers. You will lie with those that men have killed with swords.

This is what I will do to Pharaoh and all his armies,’ says the Lord God.