Isaiah 19

 

מַשָּׂא מִצְרָיִם הִנֵּה יְהוָה רֹכֵב עַל־עָב קַל וּבָא מִצְרַיִם וְנָעוּ אֱלִילֵי מִצְרַיִם מִפָּנָיו וּלְבַב מִצְרַיִם יִמַּס   19:1 בְּקִרְבּוֹ׃

Isai. 19:1   A prophecy of Egypt:

                            Behold, the Lord is riding on a swift cloud,

                    and is entering Egypt.

                            And the idols of Egypt shall stagger from His presence,

                    and the heart of Egypt shall melt within it.

וְסִכְסַכְתִּי מִצְרַיִם בְּמִצְרַיִם וְנִלְחֲמוּ אִישׁ־בְּאָחִיו וְאִישׁ בְּרֵעֵהוּ עִיר בְּעִיר מַמְלָכָה בְּמַמְלָכָה׃   19:2

Isai. 19:2   “And I will embroil Egypt with Egypt,

                             and they will fight, each with his brothers,

                    and every one with his neighbor,

                             city with city, kingdom with kingdom.”

וְנָבְקָה רוּחַ־מִצְרַיִם בְּקִרְבּוֹ וַעֲצָתוֹ אֲבַלֵּעַ וְדָרְשׁוּ אֶל־הָאֱלִילִים וְאֶל־הָאִטִּים וְאֶל־הָאֹבוֹת   19:3 וְאֶל־הַיִּדְּעֹנִים׃

Isai. 19:3   “And the spirit of Egypt will be emptied within it,

                             and I will destroy its counsel.

                    And they shall seek to the idols

                             and to the charmers

                     and to the ghosts

                             and to the familiar spirits.”

וְסִכַּרְתִּי אֶת־מִצְרַיִם בְּיַד אֲדֹנִים קָשֶׁה וּמֶלֶךְ עַז יִמְשָׁל־בָּם נְאֻם הָאָדוֹן יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת׃   19:4

Isai. 19:4   “And I will surrender Egypt

                              into the hand of the lords of cruelty,

                    and a fierce king shall rule over them,”

                              declares the Master, the Lord of hosts.

וְנִשְּׁתוּ־מַיִם מֵהַיָּם וְנָהָר יֶחֱרַב וְיָבֵשׁ׃   19:5

Isai. 19:5   And the water shall fail from the sea,

                              and the river shall be desolate and dried up.

וְהֶאֶזְנִיחוּ נְהָרוֹת דָּלֲלוּ וְחָרְבוּ יְאֹרֵי מָצוֹר קָנֶה וָסוּף קָמֵלוּ׃   19:6

Isai. 19:6   And the rivers shall be abandoned.

                               And the streams of Egypt failed and dried up.

                    The reed and the rush wither.

עָרוֹת עַל־יְאוֹר עַל־פִּי יְאוֹר וְכֹל מִזְרַע יְאוֹר יִיבַשׁ נִדַּף וְאֵינֶנּוּ׃   19:7

Isai. 19:7   The mosses beside the Nile,

                               on the shores of the Nile,

                    and every thing sown of the Nile,

                                is withered, dispersed,

                    and it will not be.

וְאָנוּ הַדַּיָּגִים וְאָבְלוּ כָּל־מַשְׁלִיכֵי בַיְאוֹר חַכָּה וּפֹרְשֵׂי מִכְמֹרֶת עַל־פְּנֵי־מַיִם אֻמְלָלוּ׃   19:8

Isai. 19:8   And the fishermen shall lament,

                               and all the casters of hooks

                     into the Nile shall mourn,

                               and the spreaders of nets

                     on the surface of the water languish.

וּבֹשׁוּ עֹבְדֵי פִשְׁתִּים שְׂרִיקוֹת וְאֹרְגִים חוֹרָי׃   19:9

Isai. 19:9   And the workers of combed flax

                              shall be disappointed,

                    and gauze weavers.

וְהָיוּ שָׁתֹתֶיהָ מְדֻכָּאִים כָּל־עֹשֵׂי שֶׂכֶר אַגְמֵי־נָפֶשׁ׃   19:10

Isai. 19:10   And its foundations shall be crushed.

                              All makers of dams shall be sad of soul.

אַךְ־אֱוִלִים שָׂרֵי צֹעַן חַכְמֵי יֹעֲצֵי פַרְעֹה עֵצָה נִבְעָרָה אֵיךְ תֹּאמְרוּ אֶל־פַּרְעֹה בֶּן־חֲכָמִים אֲנִי   19:11 בֶּן־מַלְכֵי־קֶדֶם׃

Isai. 19:11   The princes of Zoan are utter fools;

                              any counselor of the counseling scholars of Pharoah is ignorant.

                      How can you say to Pharoah,

                              “I am a son of the wise, a son of ancient kings?”

אַיָּם אֵפוֹא חֲכָמֶיךָ וְיַגִּידוּ נָא לָךְ וְיֵדְעוּ מַה־יָּעַץ יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת עַל־מִצְרָיִם׃   19:12

Isai. 19:12   Where are they now, your wise men?

                              Then let them relate to you now

                       that they know what the Lord of hosts devises concerning Egypt.

נוֹאֲלוּ שָׂרֵי צֹעַן נִשְּׁאוּ שָׂרֵי נֹף הִתְעוּ אֶת־מִצְרַיִם פִּנַּת שְׁבָטֶיהָ׃   19:13

Isai. 19:13   The princes of Zoan have become fools;

                               deceive the princes of Noph.

                      The towers of its tribes have caused Egypt to go astray.

יְהוָה מָסַךְ בְּקִרְבָּהּ רוּחַ עִוְעִים וְהִתְעוּ אֶת־מִצְרַיִם בְּכָל־מַעֲשֵׂהוּ כְּהִתָּעוֹת שִׁכּוֹר בְּקִיאוֹ׃   19:14

Isai. 19:14   The Lord is mingling spirits of confusion within it

                               that will make Egypt wander in all of its work

                       like the wandering of a drunk in his vomit.

וְלֹא־יִהְיֶה לְמִצְרַיִם מַעֲשֶׂה אֲשֶׁר יַעֲשֶׂה רֹאשׁ וְזָנָב כִּפָּה וְאַגְמוֹן׃   19:15

Isai. 19:15   And there shall be no work that head or tail,

                                palm branch or bulrush, can do for Egypt.

The rest of the chapter is written in prose.

בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא יִהְיֶה מִצְרַיִם כַּנָּשִׁים וְחָרַד וּפָחַד מִפְּנֵי תְּנוּפַת יַד־יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת אֲשֶׁר־הוּא מֵנִיף עָלָיו׃   19:16

Isai. 19:16   In that day the Egyptians shall be like women, and it shall tremble and be afraid because of the shaking of the hand of the Lord of hosts that He is shaking over it.

וְהָיְתָה אַדְמַת יְהוּדָה לְמִצְרַיִם לְחָגָּא כֹּל אֲשֶׁר יַזְכִּיר אֹתָהּ אֵלָיו יִפְחָד מִפְּנֵי עֲצַת יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת   19:17 אֲשֶׁר־הוּא יוֹעֵץ עָלָיו׃

Isai. 19:17   And the land of Judah shall be as a terror to Egypt; anyone to whom it is mentioned will be afraid, because it is the purpose of the Lord of hosts that He devises against it.

בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא יִהְיוּ חָמֵשׁ עָרִים בְּאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם מְדַבְּרוֹת שְׂפַת כְּנַעַן וְנִשְׁבָּעוֹת לַיהוָה צְבָאוֹת עִיר   19:18 הַהֶרֶס יֵאָמֵר לְאֶחָת׃

Isai. 19:18   In that day there shall be five cities in the land of Egypt speaking the language of Canaan and swearing to the Lord of hosts.  One will say, “A city of destruction,” regarding the first.

בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא יִהְיֶה מִזְבֵּחַ לַיהוָה בְּתוֹךְ אֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם וּמַצֵּבָה אֵצֶל־גְּבוּלָהּ לַיהוָה׃   19:19

Isai. 19:19   In that day there shall be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt and a column near its border to the Lord.

וְהָיָה לְאוֹת וּלְעֵד לַיהוָה צְבָאוֹת בְּאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם כִּי־יִצְעֲקוּ אֶל־יְהוָה מִפְּנֵי לֹחֲצִים וְיִשְׁלַח לָהֶם   19:20 מוֹשִׁיעַ וָרָב וְהִצִּילָם׃

Isai. 19:20   And it shall be for a sign and for a witness for the Lord in the land of Egypt, for they shall cry out to the Lord because of the oppressors, and He will send to them a savior, and a great one, and he will deliver them.

וְנוֹדַע יְהוָה לְמִצְרַיִם וְיָדְעוּ מִצְרַיִם אֶת־יְהוָה בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא וְעָבְדוּ זֶבַח וּמִנְחָה וְנָדְרוּ־נֵדֶר לַיהוָה   19:21 וְשִׁלֵּמוּ׃

Isai. 19:21   Then the Lord will be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the Lord in that day, and they shall prepare sacrifice and offering, and shall make a vow to the Lord that they will perform.

וְנָגַף יְהוָה אֶת־מִצְרַיִם נָגֹף וְרָפוֹא וְשָׁבוּ עַד־יְהוָה וְנֶעְתַּר לָהֶם וּרְפָאָם׃   19:22

Isai. 19:22   So the Lord shall smite Egypt, striking but repairing; then they shall return to the Lord, and He will listen to them and heal them.

בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא תִּהְיֶה מְסִלָּה מִמִּצְרַיִם אַשּׁוּרָה וּבָא־אַשּׁוּר בְּמִצְרַיִם וּמִצְרַיִם בְּאַשּׁוּר וְעָבְדוּ מִצְרַיִם   19:23 אֶת־אַשּׁוּר׃

Isai. 19:23   In that day there shall be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, so any Assyrian can come into Egypt and any Egyptian into Assyria, and Egyptians shall serve Assyria.

בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא יִהְיֶה יִשְׂרָאֵל שְׁלִישִׁיָּה לְמִצְרַיִם וּלְאַשּׁוּר בְּרָכָה בְּקֶרֶב הָאָרֶץ׃   19:24

Isai. 19:24   In that day Israel shall become a trio with Egypt and with Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the land,

אֲשֶׁר בֵּרֲכוֹ יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת לֵאמֹר בָּרוּךְ עַמִּי מִצְרַיִם וּמַעֲשֵׂה יָדַי אַשּׁוּר וְנַחֲלָתִי יִשְׂרָאֵל׃   19:25

Isai. 19:25   when the Lord of hosts blesses it saying, “Blessed is My people Egypt by the work of My ‘hand,’ Assyria, and My inheritance, Israel.”

 

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