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Ezekiel 32

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A Funeral Song for the King of Egypt
32
1 Twelve years after King Jehoiachin and the rest of us had been led away as prisoners to Babylonia, the Lord spoke to me on the first day of the twelfth month.
i 32.1 Twelve years ... twelfth month: Probably February of 585 B.C.
He said:
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1 And it came to pass in the twelfth year, in the twelfth month, in the first day of the month, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2 Ezekiel, son of man, condemn the king of Egypt and tell him I am saying:

You act like a lion
roaming the earth;
but you are nothing more than
a crocodile in a river,
churning up muddy water
with your feet.
2 Son of man, take up a lamentation for Pharaoh king of Egypt, and say unto him, Thou art like a young lion of the nations, and thou art as a whale in the seas: and thou camest forth with thy rivers, and troubledst the waters with thy feet, and fouledst their rivers.
whale: or, dragon

3 King of Egypt, listen to me. I, the Lord God, will catch you in my net and let a crowd of foreigners drag you to shore.
3 Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will therefore spread out my net over thee with a company of many people; and they shall bring thee up in my net.
4 I will throw you into an open field, where birds and animals will come to feed on your body. 4 Then will I leave thee upon the land, I will cast thee forth upon the open field, and will cause all the fowls of the heaven to remain upon thee, and I will fill the beasts of the whole earth with thee.
5 I will spread your rotting flesh
j 32.5 rotting flesh: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
over the mountains and in the valleys,
5 And I will lay thy flesh upon the mountains, and fill the valleys with thy height.
6 and your blood will flow throughout the land and fill up the streams. 6 I will also water with thy blood the land wherein thou swimmest, even to the mountains; and the rivers shall be full of thee.
the land wherein...: or, the land of thy swimming
7 I will cover the whole sky and every star with thick clouds, so that the sun and moon will stop shining.
32.7 Is 13.10; Mt 24.29; Mk 13.24
7 And when I shall put thee out, I will cover the heaven, and make the stars thereof dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give her light.
put...: or, extinguish thee
8 The heavens will become black, leaving your country in total darkness. I, the Lord, have spoken. 8 All the bright lights of heaven will I make dark over thee, and set darkness upon thy land, saith the Lord GOD.
bright...: Heb. lights of the light in heaven
dark: Heb. them dark
9 Foreign nations you have never heard of will be shocked when I tell them how I destroyed you.
k 32.9 when I tell them how I destroyed you: Hebrew; one ancient translation “when I scatter you like prisoners among them.”
9 I will also vex the hearts of many people, when I shall bring thy destruction among the nations, into the countries which thou hast not known.
vex: Heb. provoke to anger, or, grief
10 They will be horrified, and when I flash my sword in victory on the day of your death, their kings will tremble in the fear of what could happen to them. 10 Yea, I will make many people amazed at thee, and their kings shall be horribly afraid for thee, when I shall brandish my sword before them; and they shall tremble at every moment, every man for his own life, in the day of thy fall.
11 The king of Babylonia is coming to attack you, king of Egypt!
11 For thus saith the Lord GOD; The sword of the king of Babylon shall come upon thee.
12 Your soldiers will be killed by the cruelest army in the world, and everything you take pride in will be crushed. 12 By the swords of the mighty will I cause thy multitude to fall, the terrible of the nations, all of them: and they shall spoil the pomp of Egypt, and all the multitude thereof shall be destroyed.
13 I will slaughter your cattle that graze by the river,
l 32.13 the river: This possibly refers to the Nile River.
and no people or livestock will be left to muddy its water.
13 I will destroy also all the beasts thereof from beside the great waters; neither shall the foot of man trouble them any more, nor the hoofs of beasts trouble them.
14 The water will be clear, and streams will be calm. I, the Lord God, have spoken. 14 Then will I make their waters deep, and cause their rivers to run like oil, saith the Lord GOD.
15 Egypt will become a barren wasteland, and no living thing will ever survive there. Then you and your people will know that I am the Lord.
15 When I shall make the land of Egypt desolate, and the country shall be destitute of that whereof it was full, when I shall smite all them that dwell therein, then shall they know that I am the LORD.
destitute...: Heb. desolate from the fulness thereof
16 This is your warning, and it will be used as a funeral song by foreign women to mourn the death of your people. I, the Lord God, have spoken.
16 This is the lamentation wherewith they shall lament her: the daughters of the nations shall lament her: they shall lament for her, even for Egypt, and for all her multitude, saith the Lord GOD.
A Sad Ending for Egypt
17 On the fifteenth day of that same month,
m 32.17 that same month: See verse 1.
the Lord said:
17 It came to pass also in the twelfth year, in the fifteenth day of the month, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
18 Ezekiel, son of man, mourn for the Egyptians and condemn them to the world of the dead, where they will be buried alongside the people of other powerful nations.
n 32.18 where they will be buried ... powerful nations: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
18 Son of man, wail for the multitude of Egypt, and cast them down, even her, and the daughters of the famous nations, unto the nether parts of the earth, with them that go down into the pit.
19 Say to them:

You may be more beautiful
than the people
of other nations,
but you will also die
and join the godless
in the world below.
19 Whom dost thou pass in beauty? go down, and be thou laid with the uncircumcised.

20 You cannot escape! The enemy's sword is ready to slaughter every one of you.
o 32.20 The enemy's sword ... you: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
20 They shall fall in the midst of them that are slain by the sword: she is delivered to the sword: draw her and all her multitudes.
she...: or, the sword is laid
21 Brave military leaders killed in battle will gladly welcome you and your allies into the world of the dead. 21 The strong among the mighty shall speak to him out of the midst of hell with them that help him: they are gone down, they lie uncircumcised, slain by the sword.
22-23 The graves of soldiers from Assyria are there. They once terrified people, but they were killed in battle and now lie deep in the world of the dead.
p 32.22,23 deep in the world of the dead: The place of greatest dishonor.
22 Asshur is there and all her company: his graves are about him: all of them slain, fallen by the sword:
24-25 The graves of soldiers from Elam are there. The very sight of those godless soldiers once terrified their enemies and made them panic. But now they are disgraced and ashamed as they lie in the world of the dead, alongside others who were killed in battle.
24 There is Elam and all her multitude round about her grave, all of them slain, fallen by the sword, which are gone down uncircumcised into the nether parts of the earth, which caused their terror in the land of the living; yet have they borne their shame with them that go down to the pit.
26 The graves of soldiers from Meshech and Tubal are there. These godless soldiers who terrified people were all killed in battle.
26 There is Meshech, Tubal, and all her multitude: her graves are round about him: all of them uncircumcised, slain by the sword, though they caused their terror in the land of the living.
27 They were not given a proper burial like the heroes of long ago,
q 32.27 heroes of long ago: One ancient translation; Hebrew “godless heroes.”
who were buried with their swords under their heads and with their shields
r 32.27 shields: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
over their bodies. These were the heroes who made their enemies panic.
27 And they shall not lie with the mighty that are fallen of the uncircumcised, which are gone down to hell with their weapons of war: and they have laid their swords under their heads, but their iniquities shall be upon their bones, though they were the terror of the mighty in the land of the living.
with their...: Heb. with weapons of their war
28 You Egyptians will be cruelly defeated, and you will be buried alongside these other godless soldiers who died in battle.
28 Yea, thou shalt be broken in the midst of the uncircumcised, and shalt lie with them that are slain with the sword.
29 The graves of kings and leaders from Edom are there. They were powerful at one time. Now they are buried in the world of the dead with other godless soldiers killed in battle.
29 There is Edom, her kings, and all her princes, which with their might are laid by them that were slain by the sword: they shall lie with the uncircumcised, and with them that go down to the pit.
laid: Heb. given, or, put
30 The graves of the rulers of the north
s 32.30 the rulers of the north: Probably the Phoenicians.
are there, as well as those of the Sidonians. Their powerful armies once terrified enemies. Now they lie buried in the world of the dead, where they are disgraced like other soldiers killed in battle.
30 There be the princes of the north, all of them, and all the Zidonians, which are gone down with the slain; with their terror they are ashamed of their might; and they lie uncircumcised with them that be slain by the sword, and bear their shame with them that go down to the pit.
31 The Lord God says:
When your king of Egypt sees all of these graves, he and his soldiers will be glad they are not the only ones suffering.
31 Pharaoh shall see them, and shall be comforted over all his multitude, even Pharaoh and all his army slain by the sword, saith the Lord GOD.
32 I sent him to terrify people all over the earth. But he and his army will be killed and buried alongside other godless soldiers in the world of the dead. I, the Lord God, have spoken. 32 For I have caused my terror in the land of the living: and he shall be laid in the midst of the uncircumcised with them that are slain with the sword, even Pharaoh and all his multitude, saith the Lord GOD.

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