CLV(i) 1 That which has been the word of Yahweh unto Jeremiah the prophet concerning the nations, 2 For Egypt, concerning the force of Pharaoh-Necho king of Egypt, that has been by the river Phrat, in Carchemish, that Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon has smitten, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah:" 3 `Set you in array shield and buckler, And draw nigh to battle." 4 Gird the horses, and go up, you horsemen, And station yourselves with helmets, Polish the javelins, put on the coats of mail." 5 Wherefore have I seen them dismayed--They are turned backward, And their mighty ones are beaten down, And [to] a refuge they have fled, and not turned the face? Fear [is] round about--an affirmation of Yahweh." 6 The swift do not flee, nor do the mighty escape, Northward, by the side of the river Phrat, They have stumbled and fallen." 7 Who is this? as a flood he comes up, As rivers do his waters shake themselves!" 8 Egypt, as a flood comes up, And as rivers the waters shake themselves. And he said, I go up; I cover the land, I destroy the city and the inhabitants in it." 9 Go up, you horses; and boast yourselves, you chariots, And go forth, you mighty, Cush and Phut handling the shield, And Lud handling--treading the bow." 10 And that day [is] to the Lord Yahweh of Hosts A day of vengeance, To be avenged of His adversaries, And the sword has devoured, and been satisfied, And it has been watered from their blood, For a sacrifice [is] to the Lord Yahweh of Hosts, In the land of the north, by the river Phrat." 11 Go up to Gilead, and take balm, O virgin daughter of Egypt, In vain you have multiplied medicines, Healing there is none for you." 12 Nations have heard of your shame, And your cry has filled the land, For the mighty on the mighty did stumble, Together they have fallen--both of them!'" 13 The word that Yahweh has spoken unto Jeremiah the prophet concerning the coming in of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, to smite the land of Egypt:" 14 `Declare you in Egypt, and sound in Migdol, Yea, sound in Noph, and in Tahpanhes say:Station yourself, yea, prepare for you, For a sword has devoured around you, 15 Wherefore has your bull been swept away? He has not stood, because Yahweh thrust him away." 16 He has multiplied the stumbling, Yea one has fallen upon his neighbor, And they say:Rise, and we turn back to our people, And unto the land of our birth, Because of the oppressing sword." 17 They have cried there:Pharaoh king of Egypt [is] a desolation, Passed by has the appointed time." 18 I live--an affirmation of the King, Yahweh of Hosts [is] His name, Surely as Tabor [is] among mountains, And as Carmel by the sea--he comes in, 19 Goods for removal make for you, O inhabitant, daughter of Egypt, For Noph becomes a desolation, And has been burnt up, without inhabitant." 20 A heifer very fair [is] Egypt, Rending from the north does come into her." 21 Even her hired ones in her midst [are] as calves of the stall, For even they have turned, They have fled together, they have not stood, For the day of their calamity has come on them, The time of their inspection." 22 Its voice as a serpent goes on, For with a force they go, And with axes they have come in to her, As hewers of trees." 23 They have cut down her forest, An affirmation of Yahweh--for it is not searched, For they have been more than the grasshopper, And they have no numbering." 24 Ashamed has been the daughter of Egypt, She has been given into the hand of the people of the north." 25 Said has Yahweh of Hosts, Elohim of Israel:Lo, I am seeing after Amon of No, And after Pharaoh, and after Egypt, And after her elohims, and after her kings, And after Pharaoh, and after those trusting in him, 26 And I have given them into the hand of those seeking their life, And into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, And into the hand of his servants, And afterwards it is inhabited, As [in] days of old--an affirmation of Yahweh." 27 And you, you do not fear, my servant Jacob, Nor [are] you dismayed, O Israel, For lo, I am saving you from afar, And your seed from the land of their captivity, And Jacob has turned back, And has been at rest, and been at ease, And there is none disturbing." 28 You, you do not fear, My servant Jacob, An affirmation of Yahweh--for with you I [am], For I make an end of all the nations Whither I have driven you, And of you I do not make an end, And I have reproved you in judgment, And do not entirely acquit you!'"