1 This is the heavy burden upon Egypt: Behold, the LORD will ride upon a swift cloud, and come into Egypt. And the idols of Egypt shall tremble at his coming, and the heart of Egypt shall quake within her. 2 And I will stir up the Egyptians one against another among themselves, so that one shall be ever against his brother and neighbour, yea one city against another, and one kingdom against another. 3 And Egypt shall be choked in herself. When they ask counsel at their idols, at their sorcerors, at their soothsayers and witches: then will I bring their counsel to naught. 4 I will deliver Egypt also into the hands of grievous rulers, and a cruel king shall have the rule of them.
5 The water of the sea shall be drawn out, the Nile shall sink away, and be drunk up. 6 The rivers also shall be drawn out, the wells shall decrease and dry away. 7 Reed and rush shall fail, the grass by the waterside or upon the river bank, yea and whatsoever is sown by the waters, shall be withered, destroyed, and brought to naught. 8 The fishers shall mourn, all such as cast angles in the water shall complain, and they that spread their nets in the water shall be faint hearted. 9 Such as labour upon flax and silk, shall come to poverty, and they also that weave fine works. 10 For their open works shall be even destroyed, and all they that make pounds and slues for fish shall come to naught.
11 But ye foolish princes of Zoan, ye wise counselors of Pharaoh, whose wit is turned to foolishness: How say ye unto Pharaoh, "I am come of wise people; 12 I am come of the old regal Progeny"? Where are they? Where are now thy wise men? Let them tell thee, if they can, what the LORD of Hosts hath taken in hand against Egypt. 13 The princes of Zoan are become fools, and the princes of Noph are deceived: yea, they deceive Egypt with their nobility of their stock. 14 For the LORD hath made Egypt drunken with the spirit of error, and they shall use it in all matters: even like as a drunken man goeth spewing about. 15 Neither shall the head or tail, the branch or reed be able to do any work in Egypt.
16 Then shall the Egyptians be like unto women, afraid and astounded, at the motion of the hands which the LORD of Hosts shall shake over them. 17 The land of Judah also shall make the Egyptians afraid, whoso doth but speak upon it, shall put them in fear: And that because of the counsel which the LORD of Hosts hath devised against them.
18 In that day shall the five cities of Egypt speak with the Canaanites' tongue, and swear by the LORD of Hosts: the city of desolation shall be called one of them.
19 At the same time shall the LORD of Hosts have an altar in the midst of the land of Egypt, with this title thereby: "Unto the LORD." 20 This shall be a token or testimony unto the LORD of Hosts in the land of Egypt, when they shall cry unto him, because of those that oppress them. And he shall send them a Captain and a Saviour to deliver them. 21 Moreover, Egypt shall be brought unto the LORD, and the Egyptians also shall know the LORD at the same time: they shall do him reverence with peace offerings, and with meat offerings: they shall promise him offerings, yea, and pay him also. 22 Thus the LORD shall smite Egypt, and heal it again: and so shall they turn to the LORD, and he also shall have mercy upon them, and save them.
23 Then shall there be a common way out of Egypt into Assyria. The Assyrians shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptians into Assyria. The Egyptians also and the Assyrians shall both have one God's service.