1. And the manifestation* of the Lord was upon the Prophet Jeremiah to prophesy to the nations,
2. And upon the Egyptians and upon the power of the Pharaoh the Paralytic, king of Egypt, who had encamped on the Euphrates River at Carchamush, who was killed by Nebuchanasser, King of Babylon, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, King of Judea, to declare,
3. "Thus said the Almighty Lord God of Israel: take up arms and shields and fight the war.
4. "Harness the horses; saddle up, horsemen; consecrate the helmets, sharpen the spears, wear the breast plates.
5. "Because I saw that it was they that were broken and turning back; their giants were beaten and running away -- they did not even look,* because they were surrounded from all around," said the Lord.
6. Neither does the light-footed run off, nor does the giant among giants escape, on account of they shall be carried off by the River Euphrates and all of them shall fall.
7. Who is this that rises like a river and like the rivers his waters are raging?
8. It is the King of Egypt that rises like the river and like the rivers his waters rage, and he declares, "I shall rise and cover the earth and wipe out the city and its inhabitants.
9. "Saddle up, horsemen, harness* the chariots, the men of Cush* and Putt go out bearing their shields, and the Luddians who know how to use* the sling."
10. And that Day shall be for the Almighty Lord a Day of Recompense, [a day in which] he repays his enemies, and the sword shall eat and be satiated, and it shall be drunk with their blood, because it is destruction that the Almighty Lord shall bring upon the Northern Land over the River Euphrates.
11. Go up to Gilead and plant the balsam,* O virgin daughter of Egypt, narrowly thus has multiplied the healing,* and [yet] for you there is no benefit.
12. The nations have heard of your outrage and wailing has filled the earth, because men [established relationships]* with me, thus they all fell by the sword.*
13. The oracle that the Lord declared to the Prophet Jeremiah regarding Nebuchadnasser, King of Babylon, coming and destroying the land of Egypt.
14. Look, in Egypt, and listen, in Migdol, and hear, in Memphis, and say it in Betkhapis, "Keep well and gather [your things,]" because the sword shall devour all around you.
15. For why were then your mighty warriors defeated; they fell and did not rise again? It is the Lord who struck them down.*
16. The majority of them were wiped out; also as a man fell upon his companion and said, "Rise, let us go to our people and the land where we were born, away from the discerning sword."
17. And there they called the name of the Paralytic Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, "Joker" and "Procrastinator."*
18. "As I am Alive," said the Lord whose name is the Righteous* King; except the Pharaoh shall fall like a mountain collapsing and like a hurricane at sea [subsiding.]
19. They shall make you into the garments of captivity, O virgin daughter of Egypt, for Memphis shall be a ruin, bereft of inhabitants.
20. Egypt, a beautiful calf, is tied down; a force from the North comes upon her.
21. Its hired hands within her are like fatted calves, they too have turned back and fled as one and they did not rise, for the Day of their defeat was upon them -- the season of their judgment.
22. Her voice is like a snake slithering by, for it toward the power that they proceed, and it is with hanging ladders that they come up against her like wood cutters.
23. "Cut down her forests,"* said the Lord, "because currency they have not, for they are more numerous than locusts, and they are without number."
24. Egypt's daughter has been put to shame and delivered into the hands of the Northern people.
25. The Almighty Lord God of Israel has said, "Behold, I command those who style themselves after Amon,* and after Pharaoh and Egypt and its gods, and [I shall command] its powers and its kings, and upon the Pharaoh [himself] and all those who rely on him.
26. "And I shall deliver them into the hands of their enemies and into the hands of those who want their souls, and into the hands of Nebuchadnasser, King of Babylon, and into the hands of his servants, after which I shall rest as in the Days of old," said the Lord.*
27. "But* you, fear not, my servant Jacob," said the Lord, "and Israel shall not be broken, for, behold, I shall redeem you from afar, together* with your offspring, from the land where they are exiled, and Jacob shall sit and be peaceful and find himself and become calm and no one shall bother him.
28. "Therefore,* succumb not, my servant Jacob," said the Lord, "for I am with you, because I shall sift all the nations where I will scatter you, but you I shall not, and I shall have you reproved through judgment and as for victory they shall not be victorious over you.*
*46:1 Lit. Ar. id.: Or: "Oracle."
*46:5 Lit. Ar. id.: "And they did turn."
*46:9.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Glorify."
*46:9.2 Lit. Aramaic name retained: "Ethiopia."
*46:9.3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Toss."
*46:11.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Rah-tanneh."
*46:11.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Narrowness increased medicine." Or: "Your prognosis has been narrowed down."
*46:12.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Men by men were driven."
*46:12.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "And both of them by sword they fell."
*46:15 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Because why wiped out your warriors and fallen and not risen? Because the Lord wiped them."
*46:17 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And they called there the name of Pharaoh the Paralytic king of Egypt: comedian and passer of seasons."
*46:18 Lit. Ar. id.: "Wholesome."
*46:23 Lit. Ar. id.: "Bosom."
*46:26 NB! This the period after which Eashoa (Jesus) is to come. Egypt would never recover again, and it did not. After the Babylonians, it was conquered by the Arabs.
*46:27.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*46:27.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*46:28.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*46:28.2 NB! This prophesy was fulfilled as the Jewish people were the nation that Eashoa (Jesus) came to and it was the nation that preached Christianity throughout the world.
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