¶ This is the heavy burthen upon Egypt: Behold, the LORD will ride upon a swift cloud, and come into Egypt. And the gods of Egypt shall tremble at his coming, and the heart of Egypt shall quake within her. For thus sayeth the LORD: 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. And Egypt shall be choked in herself. When they ask counsel at their gods, at their prophets, at their soothsayers and witches: then will I bring their counsel to naught. I will deliver Egypt also into the hands of grievous rulers, and a cruel king shall have the rule of them. The water of the sea shall be drawn out, Nilus shall sink away, and be drunk up. The rivers also shall be drawn out, the wells shall decrease and dry away. Reed and rush shall fail, the grass by the waters side or upon the river bank, yea and whatsoever is sown by the waters, shall be withered, destroyed, and brought to naught. 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. Such as labour upon flax and silk, shall come to poverty, and they also that weave fine works. All the pounds of Egypt, all the policy of their Moats and ditches shall come to naught. Yea the indiscreet princes of Zoan, the counsel of the wise Senators of Pharaoh, shall turn to foolishness: Those that dare boast and say of Pharaos behalf: I am come of wise people, I am come of the old regal Progeny. But where are now thy wise men? Let them tell thee and shew thee, what the LORD of Hosts hath taken in hand against Egypt. Fools are those princes of Zoan, and proud are the princes of Noph: yea they deceive Egypt with their nobility of their stock. 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. For Egypt shall lack good counsel, so that they shall know not what to do, neither beginning nor end, neither upon the land nor water. Then shall the Egyptians be like unto women, afraid and astounded, at the lifting up of the head, which the LORD of Hosts shall lift up over them. The land of Iuda also shall make the Egyptians afraid, who so 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.
¶ Then shall the five cities of Egypt speak with the Canaanites tongue, and swear by the LORD of Hosts, and Heliopolis shall be one of them. At the same time shall the LORD of Hosts have an altar in the middest of the land of Egypt, with this title thereby: Unto the LORD. 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: that he shall send them a Captain and a Saviour to deliver them. 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. 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. 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. Then shall Israel with honour be the third to Egypt and Assur. And the LORD of Hosts shall bless them, saying: Blissed is my people of the Egyptians, Assur is the work of my hands, but Israel is mine inheritance.