I called to my lovers, but they betrayed me. My priests and elders perished in the city while searching for food to keep themselves alive.
Now the king of Egypt did not march out of his land again, for the king of Babylon took everything that belonged to the king of Egypt, from the Brook of Egypt to the Euphrates River.
Those who made Cush their hope and Egypt their boast will be dismayed and ashamed.
Woe to the rebellious children! [This is] the LORD's declaration. They carry out a plan, but not Mine, They make an alliance, but against My will, piling sin on top of sin.
They set out to go down to Egypt without asking My advice, in order to seek shelter under Pharaoh's protection and take refuge in Egypt's shadow.
But Pharaoh's protection will become your shame, and refuge in Egypt's shadow your disgrace.
For though his princes are at Zoan and his messengers reach as far as Hanes,
everyone will be ashamed because of a people who can't help. They are of no benefit, they are no help; they are good for nothing but shame and reproach.
An oracle about the animals of the Negev: Through a land of trouble and distress, of lioness and lion, of viper and flying serpent, they carry their wealth on the backs of donkeys and their treasures on the humps of camels, to a people who will not help them.
Egypt's help is completely worthless; therefore, I call her: Rahab Who Just Sits.
Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and who depend on horses! They trust in the number of chariots and in the great strength of charioteers. They do not look to the Holy One of Israel and they do not seek the LORD's help.
But He also is wise and brings disaster. He does not go back on what He says; He will rise up against the house of wicked men and against the allies of evildoers.
Egyptians are men, not God; their horses are flesh, not spirit. When the LORD raises His hand [to strike], the helper will stumble and the helped will fall; both will perish together.
Now what will you gain by traveling along the way to Egypt to drink the waters of the Nile? What will you gain by traveling along the way to Assyria to drink the waters of the Euphrates?
How unstable you are, constantly changing your way! You will be put to shame by Egypt just as you were put to shame by Assyria.
Harvest has passed, summer has ended, but we have not been saved.
"This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: This is what you will say to Judah's king, who is sending you to inquire of Me: Watch: Pharaoh's army, which has come out to help you, is going to return to its own land of Egypt.
The Chaldeans will then return and fight against this city. They will capture it and burn it down.
This is what the LORD says: Don't deceive yourselves by saying: The Chaldeans will leave us for good, for they will not leave.
Indeed, if you were to strike down the entire Chaldean army that is fighting with you, and there remained among them only the badly wounded men, each in his tent, they would get up and burn this city down."
Then all the inhabitants of Egypt will know that I am the LORD, for they have been a staff [made] of reed to the house of Israel.
When Israel grasped you by the hand, you splintered, tearing all their shoulders; when they leaned on you, you shattered and made all their hips unsteady.
It will never again be an object of trust for the house of Israel, drawing attention to their sin of turning to the Egyptians. Then they will know that I am the Lord God."