Ezekiel Chapter 32 |
1In the twelfth year, on the first day of the twelfth month, the word of the Lord came to me:
2O mortal, intone a dirge over Pharaoh king of Egypt. Say to him:
O great beast among the nations, you are doomed!
You are like the dragon in the seas,
Thrusting through their streams,
Stirring up the water with your feet
And muddying their streams!
3Thus said the Lord God:
I will cast My net over you
In an assembly of many peoples,
And you shall be hauled up in My toils.
4And I will fling you to the ground,
Hurl you upon the open field.
I will cause all the birds of the sky
To settle upon you.
I will cause the beasts of all the earth
To batten on you.
5I will cast your carcass upon the hills
And fill the valleys with your rotting flesh.
6I will drench the earth
With your oozing blood upon the hills,
And the watercourses shall be filled with your [gore].
7When you are snuffed out,
I will cover the sky
And darken its stars;
I will cover the sun with clouds
And the moon shall not give its light.
8All the lights that shine in the sky
I will darken above you;
And I will bring darkness upon your land
—declares the Lord God.
9I will vex the hearts of many peoples
When I bring your shattered remnants among the nations,
To countries which you never knew.
10I will strike many peoples with horror over your fate;
And their kings shall be aghast over you,
When I brandish My sword before them.
They shall tremble continually,
Each man for his own life,
On the day of your downfall.
11For thus said the Lord God:
The sword of the king of Babylon shall come upon you.
12I will cause your multitude to fall
By the swords of warriors,
All the most ruthless among the nations.
They shall ravage the splendor of Egypt,
And all her masses shall be wiped out.
13I will make all her cattle vanish from beside abundant waters;
The feet of man shall not muddy them any more,
Nor shall the hoofs of cattle muddy them.
14Then I will let their waters settle,
And make their rivers flow like oil
—declares the Lord God:
15When I lay the land of Egypt waste,
When the land is emptied of [the life] that filled it,
When I strike down all its inhabitants.
And they shall know that I am the Lord.
16This is a dirge, and it shall be intoned;
The women of the nations shall intone it,
They shall intone it over Egypt and all her multitude
—declares the Lord God.
17In the twelfth year, on the fifteenth day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me: 18O mortal, wail [the dirge]—along with the women of the mighty nations—over the masses of Egypt, accompanying their descent to the lowest part of the netherworld, among those who have gone down into the Pit. 19Whom do you surpass in beauty? Down with you, and be laid to rest with the uncircumcised! 20They shall lie amid those slain by the sword,[cb1.5][cf11,11]-f [cb0][amid those slain by] the sword [Egypt] has been dragged and left with all her masses.
21From the depths of Sheol the mightiest of warriors speak to him and his allies; the uncircumcised, the slain by the sword, have gone down and lie [there]. 22Assyria is there with all her company, their graves round about, all of them slain, fallen by the sword. 23Their graves set in the farthest recesses of the Pit, all her company are round about her tomb, all of them slain, fallen by the sword—they who struck terror in the land of the living. 24There too is Elam and all her masses round about her tomb, all of them slain, fallen by the sword—they who descended uncircumcised to the lowest part of the netherworld, who struck terror in the land of the living—now they bear their shame with those who have gone down to the Pit. 25They made a bed for her among the slain, with all her masses; their graves are round about her. They are all uncircumcised, slain by the sword. Though their terror was once spread over the land of the living, they bear their shame with those who have gone into the Pit; they are placed among the slain. 26Meshech and Tubal and all their masses are there; their graves are round about. They are all uncircumcised, pierced through by the sword—they who once struck terror in the land of the living. 27And they do not lie with the fallen uncircumcised warriors, who went down to Sheol with their battle gear, who put their swords beneath their heads and their iniquities upon their bones—for the terror of the warriors was upon the land of the living. 28And you too shall be shattered amid the uncircumcised, and lie among those slain by the sword. 29Edom is there, her kings and all her chieftains, who, for all their might, are laid among those who are slain by the sword; they too lie with the uncircumcised and with those who have gone down to the Pit. 30All the princes of the north and all the Sidonians are there, who went down in disgrace with the slain, in spite of the terror that their might inspired; and they lie, uncircumcised, with those who are slain by the sword, and bear their shame with those who have gone down to the Pit.
31These Pharaoh shall see, and he shall be consoled for all his masses, those of Pharaoh’s men slain by the sword and all his army—declares the Lord God. 32I strike terror into the land of the living; Pharaoh and all his masses are laid among the uncircumcised, along with those who were slain by the sword—said the Lord God.