New Living Translation

Isaiah 19

A Message about Egypt

1This message came to me concerning Egypt:

Look! The Lord is advancing against Egypt,
    riding on a swift cloud.
The idols of Egypt tremble.
    The hearts of the Egyptians melt with fear.

“I will make Egyptian fight against Egyptian—
    brother against brother,
neighbor against neighbor,
    city against city,
    province against province.
The Egyptians will lose heart,
    and I will confuse their plans.
They will plead with their idols for wisdom
    and call on spirits, mediums, and those who consult the spirits of the dead.
I will hand Egypt over
    to a hard, cruel master.
A fierce king will rule them,”
    says the Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

The waters of the Nile will fail to rise and flood the fields.
    The riverbed will be parched and dry.
The canals of the Nile will dry up,
    and the streams of Egypt will stink
    with rotting reeds and rushes.
All the greenery along the riverbank
    and all the crops along the river
    will dry up and blow away.
The fishermen will lament for lack of work.
    Those who cast hooks into the Nile will groan,
    and those who use nets will lose heart.
There will be no flax for the harvesters,
    no thread for the weavers.
10 They will be in despair,
    and all the workers will be sick at heart.

11 What fools are the officials of Zoan!
    Their best counsel to the king of Egypt is stupid and wrong.
Will they still boast to Pharaoh of their wisdom?
    Will they dare brag about all their wise ancestors?
12 Where are your wise counselors, Pharaoh?
    Let them tell you what God plans,
    what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies is going to do to Egypt.
13 The officials of Zoan are fools,
    and the officials of Memphis[a] are deluded.
The leaders of the people
    have led Egypt astray.
14 The Lord has sent a spirit of foolishness on them,
    so all their suggestions are wrong.
They cause Egypt to stagger
    like a drunk in his vomit.
15 There is nothing Egypt can do.
    All are helpless—
the head and the tail,
    the noble palm branch and the lowly reed.

16 In that day the Egyptians will be as weak as women. They will cower in fear beneath the upraised fist of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. 17 Just to speak the name of Israel will terrorize them, for the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has laid out his plans against them.

18 In that day five of Egypt’s cities will follow the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. They will even begin to speak Hebrew, the language of Canaan. One of these cities will be Heliopolis, the City of the Sun.[b]

19 In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the heart of Egypt, and there will be a monument to the Lord at its border. 20 It will be a sign and a witness that the Lord of Heaven’s Armies is worshiped in the land of Egypt. When the people cry to the Lord for help against those who oppress them, he will send them a savior who will rescue them. 21 The Lord will make himself known to the Egyptians. Yes, they will know the Lord and will give their sacrifices and offerings to him. They will make a vow to the Lord and will keep it. 22 The Lord will strike Egypt, and then he will bring healing. For the Egyptians will turn to the Lord, and he will listen to their pleas and heal them.

23 In that day Egypt and Assyria will be connected by a highway. The Egyptians and Assyrians will move freely between their lands, and they will both worship God. 24 In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth. 25 For the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will say, “Blessed be Egypt, my people. Blessed be Assyria, the land I have made. Blessed be Israel, my special possession!”

Notas al pie

  1. 19:13 Hebrew Noph.
  2. 19:18 Or will be the City of Destruction.

New International Reader's Version

Isaiah 19

A Prophecy Against Egypt

1Here is a prophecy against Egypt that the Lord gave me.

The Lord is coming to Egypt.
    He’s riding on a cloud that moves very fast.
The statues of the gods in Egypt tremble with fear because of him.
    The hearts of the people there melt with fear.

The Lord says, “I will stir up one Egyptian against another.
    Relatives will fight against relatives.
    Neighbors will fight against one another.
Cities will fight against cities.
    Kingdoms will fight against one another.
The people of Egypt will lose hope.
    I will keep them from doing what they plan to do.
They will ask their gods for advice.
    They will turn to the spirits of dead people for help.
They will go to people who get messages from those who have died.
    They will ask for advice from people who talk to the spirits of the dead.
I will hand the Egyptians over
    to a mean and unkind master.
A powerful king will rule over them,” announces the Lord.
    He is the Lord who rules over all.

The waters of the Nile River will dry up.
    The bottom of it will be cracked and dry.
Its canals will stink.
    And the streams of Egypt will get smaller and smaller
    until they dry up.
The tall grass that grows along the river will dry up.
    So will the plants along the banks of the Nile.
Even the planted fields along the Nile will dry up.
    Everything that grows there will blow away and disappear.
The fishermen will moan.
    All those who drop hooks into the Nile will weep.
Those who throw their nets on the water
    will become very sad.
Those who make clothes out of flax will lose hope.
    So will those who weave fine linen.
10 Those who work with cloth will be unhappy.
    And all those who work for money will be sick at heart.

11 The officials of the city of Zoan are very foolish.
    Pharaoh’s wise men give advice that doesn’t make any sense.
How can they dare to say to Pharaoh,
    “We’re among the wise men”?
How can they say to him,
    “We’re like the advisers to the kings of long ago”?

12 Pharaoh, where are your wise men now?
    Let them tell you
what the Lord who rules over all
    has planned against Egypt.
13 The officials of Zoan have become foolish.
    The leaders of Memphis have been lied to.
The most important leaders in Egypt
    have led its people astray.
14 The Lord has given them
    a spirit that makes them feel dizzy.
They make Egypt unsteady in everything it does.
    Egypt is like a person who drinks too much.
    He throws up and then walks around in the mess he’s made.
15 No one in Egypt can do anything to help them.
    Its elders and important leaders can’t help them.
Its prophets and priests can’t do anything.
    Those who rule over others can’t help.
    And those who bow down to them can’t help either.

16 In days to come, the people of Egypt will become weak. The Lord who rules over all will raise his hand against them. Then they will tremble with fear. 17 The people of Judah will bring terror to the Egyptians. Everyone in Egypt who hears the name of Judah will be terrified. That’s because of what the Lord who rules over all is planning to do to them.

18 At that time the people of five cities in Egypt will worship the Lord. He is the Lord who rules over all. They will use the Hebrew language when they worship him. They will promise to be faithful to him. One of those cities will be called the City of the Sun.

19 At that time there will be an altar to the Lord in the middle of Egypt. There will be a monument to him at its border. 20 They will remind people that the Lord who rules over all is worshiped in Egypt. The people there will cry out to the Lord. They will cry out because of those who treat them badly. He will send someone to stand up for them and save them. And he will set them free. 21 So the Lord will make himself known to the people of Egypt. At that time they will recognize that he is the Lord. They will worship him by bringing sacrifices and grain offerings to him. They will make promises to the Lord. And they will keep them. 22 The Lord will strike Egypt with a plague. But then he will heal them. They will turn to the Lord. And he will answer their prayers and heal them.

23 At that time there will be a wide road from Egypt to Assyria. The people of Assyria will go to Egypt. And the people of Egypt will go to Assyria. The people of Egypt and Assyria will worship the Lord together. 24 At that time Egypt, Assyria and Israel will be a blessing to the whole earth. 25 The Lord who rules over all will bless those three nations. He will say, “Let the Egyptians be blessed. They are my people. Let the Assyrians be blessed. My hands created them. And let the Israelites be blessed. They are my very own people.”