1These are messages that Yahweh gave to the prophet Jeremiah about other nations.
2After Jehoiakim, son of King Josiah, had been ruling Judah for almost four years, this message about Egypt was given by Yahweh. It was when the army of King Neco of Egypt was defeated by the army of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon along the Euphrates River. This is what Yahweh said: “The officers of the army of Egypt are saying to their troops,
3‘Prepare your shields and march out to fight the battle!
4Put harnesses on your horses, and get on their backs. ◄Get into your positions/Line up► for the battle; put on your helmets. Sharpen your spears, and put on your armor!’
5But what RHQ do I see? I see that the soldiers of Egypt will be terrified and will be fleeing. Even the bravest of their soldiers will be running away, without even looking backward! I, Yahweh, say that their soldiers will be terrified on all sides!
6Even the fastest runners will try to run away, but even the greatest of their warriors will not escape. In the north, by the Euphrates River, they will stumble and fall.
7What group is this that will be covering the land like the water of the Nile River covers the land when it floods?
8It is the army of Egypt that will be covering the land like a surging/huge flood, and they will boast that they will cover the earth and will destroy cities and the people who live in them.
9You riders of horses, charge/rush into the battle! You drivers of chariots, drive furiously! All you warriors from Ethiopia and Libya who carry your shields, you warriors from Lydia who shoot arrows, you come!
10But, you need to know that this is the day when I, Yahweh, the Commander of the armies of angels, will get revenge on my enemies. With my sword PRS I will kill my enemies until I am satisfied; my sword will be like a monster that MET, PRS drinks the blood of the animals it kills until it is no longer thirsty. The enemy soldiers who will be killed in the north beside the Euphrates River will be like MET a sacrifice to me, the Commander of the armies of angels.
11You people IDM of Egypt, go up to the Gilead region to obtain medicine; but it will be useless to take all those medicines; you will not be healed.
12People in the other nations will hear how you were humiliated. People all over the earth will hear you wailing. Your mighty warriors will stumble over each other and they will all fall down together.”
13Then Yahweh gave me this message about King Nebuchadnezzar when he planned to attack Egypt with his army:
14“Shout this message throughout Egypt! Proclaim it in Migdol, Memphis, and Tahpenes cities! ‘◄Get into your positions/Line up► for the battle; Prepare to defend yourselves, because everyone around you will be killed.’ PRS, MTY
15Your god is a bull; Why does he fall down? He will not be able to stand up, because Yahweh will knock him down.
16The soldiers from other countries will stumble and fall over each other, and then they will say to each other, ‘Let's get up and go back to our own people, to our own land. Let's get away from the swords of our enemies!’
17There in Egypt they will say, ‘The king of Egypt talks loudly, but when our army had an opportunity to defeat our enemies, they failed.’
18I, the King, who am called the Commander of the armies of angels, say this: ‘As surely as I live, someone's army will be coming to fight against the army of Egypt. They will be extremely powerful, as though they were as tall as Tabor Hill, or as high as Carmel Mountain close to the Mediterranean Sea.
19All you people who live in Egypt, pack your possessions/clothes and prepare to be exiled. Memphis city will be destroyed; it will become a ruin, and no one will be living there.
20Egypt is like SIM a beautiful young cow, but the army of a powerful king from the northeast will come to attack it like a horsefly MET bites a cow.
21The ◄mercenaries/soldiers from other countries who have been hired► will become like SIM fat calves; but they also will turn around and run away; they will not stand there and fight, because it will be a day when there will be a great disaster in Egypt, a day when their people will be greatly punished.
22The soldiers of Egypt will run away, as silently as a snake slithers/crawls away. The army of the enemy will advance; they will march along carrying their axes like SIM men who cut down trees.
23I, Yahweh, say that they will kill the soldiers of Egypt as though SIM they were a forest of trees, because the enemy soldiers will be as numerous as a swarm of locusts.
24The people of Egypt will be humiliated; they will be conquered by people from the northeast.’
25I, the Commander of the armies of angels, the God whom the Israelis worship, say, ‘I will punish Amon, the god whom the people of Thebes city worship, and all the other gods in Egypt. I will punish the King of Egypt and all those who trust in him.
26I will cause them to be captured by those who want to kill them—Nebuchadnezzar the King of Babylon, and his army officers. But many years later, people will live in Egypt again. That will surely happen because I, Yahweh, have said it.’
27But you people of Israel who serve me, do not be at all dismayed DOU now, because some day I will bring you back from distant places; I will bring your descendants from the land to which they were exiled. Then you Israeli people will again live peacefully and safely, and there will not be any nation to cause you to be terrified.
28I, Yahweh, say to you people of Israel who serve me, ‘Do not be afraid, because I will be with you. I will completely destroy the nations among whom I have scattered you, but I will not completely get rid of you. I will punish you, but I will punish you only as severely as you deserve: It would be wrong if I did not punish you at all.’”