Shaya 19

The burden of Egypt. Behold, Allah rides on a swift cloud, and comes to Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall tremble at his presence; and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst of it. 2I will stir up the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they shall fight everyone against his brother, and everyone against his neighbour; city against city, and kingdom against kingdom. 3The spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst of it; and I will destroy its counsel: and they shall seek to the idols, and to the charmers, and to those who have familiar spirits, and to the wizards. 4I will give over the Egyptians into the hand of a cruel lord; and a fierce king shall rule over them, says the Lord, Allah, Lord of the universe. 5The waters shall fail from the sea, and the river shall be wasted and become dry. 6The rivers shall become foul; the streams of Egypt shall be diminished and dried up; the reeds and flags shall wither away. 7The meadows by the Nile, by the brink of the Nile, and all the sown fields of the Nile, shall become dry, be driven away, and be no more. 8The fishermen shall lament, and all those who cast angle into the Nile shall mourn, and those who spread nets on the waters shall languish. 9Moreover those who work in combed flax, and those who weave white cloth, shall be confounded. 10The pillars of Egypt shall be broken in pieces; all those who work for hire shall be grieved in soul. 11The princes of Zoan are utterly foolish; the counsel of the wisest counsellors of Firaun is become brutish: how do you say to Firaun, I am the son of the wise, the son of ancient kings? 12Where then are your wise men? Let them tell you now; and let them know what Allah, Lord of the universe has purposed concerning Egypt. 13The princes of Zoan are become fools, the princes of Memphis are deceived; they have caused Egypt to go astray, who are the corner-stone of her tribes. 14Allah has mixed a spirit of perverseness in the midst of her; and they have caused Egypt to go astray in every work of it, as a drunken man staggers in his vomit. 15Neither shall there be for Egypt any work, which head or tail, palm-branch or rush, may do. 16In that day shall the Egyptians be like women; and they shall tremble and fear because of the shaking of the hand of Allah, Lord of the universe, which he shakes over them. 17The land of Judah shall become a terror to Egypt; everyone to whom mention is made of it shall be afraid, because of the purpose of Allah, Lord of the universe, which he purposes against it. 18In that day there shall be five cities in the land of Egypt that speak the language of Canaan, and swear to Allah, Lord of the universe; one shall be called The city of destruction. 19In that day shall there be an altar to Allah in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at its border to Allah. 20It shall be for a sign and for a witness to Allah, Lord of the universe in the land of Egypt; for they shall cry to Allah because of oppressors, and he will send them a saviour, and a defender, and he will deliver them. 21Allah shall be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know Allah in that day; yes, they shall worship with sacrifice and offering, and shall vow a vow to Allah, and shall perform it. 22Allahwill strike Egypt, smiting and healing; and they shall return to Allah, and he will be entreated of them, and will heal them. 23In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria; and the Egyptians shall worship with the Assyrians. 24In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth; 25because Allah, Lord of the universe has blessed them, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance.


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