1 The word of יהוה which came to Jeremiah (Yirmeyahu) the prophet against the nations;
2 Against Egypt (Mitsrayim), against the army of Pharaoh (Paroh)necho king of Egypt (Mitsrayim), which was by the river Euphrates in Carchemish, which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon (Bavel) smote in the fourth year of Yehoyaqim the son of Josiah (Yoshiyahu) king of Judah (Yehudah):
3 “Order you the buckler and shield, and draw near to battle!
4 Harness the horses; and get up, you horsemen, and stand forth with your helmets; furbish the spears, and put on the armor!
5 Wherefore have I seen them dismayed and turned away back? And their mighty ones are beaten down, and are fled apace, and look not back; for fear was round about,” saith יהוה.
6 Let not the swift flee away, nor the mighty man escape; they shall stumble, and fall toward the north by the river Euphrates.
7 Who is this that cometh up as a flood, whose waters are moved as the rivers?
8 Egypt (Mitsrayim) riseth up like a flood, and his waters are moved like the rivers; and he saith, ‘I will go up, and will cover the earth; I will destroy the city and the inhabitants thereof.’
9 Come up, you horses; and rage, you chariots; and let the mighty men come forth: The Ethiopians (Kushim) and the Libyans, that handle the shield; and the Lydians, that handle and bend the bow.
10 For this is the day of Lord (Adonai) יהוה of hosts (YHWH Tsevaot), a day of vengeance, that He may avenge Him of His adversaries; and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood; for Lord (Adonai) יהוה of hosts (YHWH Tsevaot) hath a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates.
11 Go up into Gilad, and take balm, O virgin, the daughter of Egypt (Mitsrayim); in vain shalt you use many medicines; for you shalt not be cured.
12 The nations have heard of your shame, and your cry hath filled the land; for the mighty man hath stumbled against the mighty, and they are fallen both together.”
13 The word that יהוה spake to Jeremiah (Yirmeyahu) the prophet, how Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon (Bavel) should come and smite the land of Egypt (Mitsrayim).
14 Declare you in Egypt (Mitsrayim), and proclaim in Migdol, and proclaim in Noph and in Tahpanhes; say you, ‘Stand fast, and prepare you; for the sword shall devour round about you.’
15 Why are your valiant men swept away? They stood not, because יהוה did drive them.
16 He made many to fall, yea, one fell upon another; and they said, ‘Arise! Let us go again to our own people, and to the land of our nativity, from the oppressing sword.’
17 They did cry there, ‘Pharaoh (Paroh) king of Egypt (Mitsrayim) is but a noise; he hath passed the time appointed!’
18 “As I live,” saith the King, whose name is יהוה of hosts (YHWH Tsevaot), “Surely as Tabor is among the mountains, and as Carmel by the sea, so shall he come.
19 O you daughter dwelling in Egypt (Mitsrayim), furnish yourself to go into captivity: for Noph shall be waste and desolate without an inhabitant.
20 Egypt (Mitsrayim) is like a very fair heifer, but destruction cometh; it cometh out of the north.
21 Also her hired men are in the midst of her like fatted bullocks; for they also are turned back, and are fled away together; they did not stand, because the day of their disaster was come upon them, and the time of their visitation.
22 The voice thereof shall go like a serpent; for they shall march with an army, and come against her with axes, as hewers of wood.
23 “They shall cut down her forest,” saith יהוה, “though it cannot be searched; because they are more than the grasshoppers, and are innumerable.
24 The daughter of Egypt (Mitsrayim) shall be confounded; she shall be delivered into the hand of the people of the north.”
25 יהוה of hosts (YHWH Tsevaot), the God of Israel (Elohei Yisrael), saith: “Behold, I will punish the multitude of No, and Pharaoh (Paroh), and Egypt (Mitsrayim), with their gods (elohim), and their kings; even Pharaoh (Paroh), and all them that trust in him.
26 And I will deliver them into the hand of those that seek their lives, and into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon (Bavel), and into the hand of his servants; and afterward it shall be inhabited, as in the days of old,” saith יהוה.
27 But fear not you, O My servant Jacob (Yaaqov), and be not dismayed, O Yisrael; for, behold, I will save you from afar off, and your seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob (Yaaqov) shall return, and be in rest and at ease, and none shall make him afraid.
28 Fear you not, O Jacob (Yaaqov) My servant,” saith יהוה, “for I am with you; for I will make a full end of all the nations whither I have driven you, but I will not make a full end of you, but correct you in measure; yet will I not leave you wholly unpunished.”