Eze 29:1 In the tenth year, in the tenth month, on the twelfth day of the month, the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
Divine Commentary –
“My servants know the time of man,
measure it with accuracy,
watch it pass with the apparent movement of the sun,
with the apparent movement of the heavens.
My servants watch the passing of time in the reflection of a face,
in the restraints incurred upon a body,
in the presentation of a flower upon the tree of life.”
Eze 29:2 "Son of man, set your face against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and prophesy against him, and against all Egypt.
“My servants change their status within the time of man,
their family connections within the time of man,
their happiness and grief within the time of man.
My servants change both their nature and their nurture in preparation for their walk with God.”
Eze 29:3 "Speak, and say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Behold, I am against you, O Pharaoh king of Egypt, O great monster who lies in the midst of his rivers, Who has said, 'My River is my own; I have made it for myself.'
“My servants follow the leading of their God:
commit to His antipathies,
welcome that which He provides for the benefit of man.”
Eze 29:4 But I will put hooks in your jaws, And cause the fish of your rivers to stick to your scales; I will bring you up out of the midst of your rivers, And all the fish in your rivers will stick to your scales.
“My servants encounter the dispossessed:
the damaged and deranged,
the distraught and depressed,
the devious and disgusting.
My servants encounter the developing:
the delightful and dependable,
the dancers and discerners,
the discrete and the devout.
My servants know how they came to be as they are encountered.
My servants know of the curse of deprivation,
know the blessing of the day.
My servants know the binding and the loosing –
to demolish the cursing of the foe of man.
My servants know the keys of the Kingdom –
to dictate a blessing on a life which has forsworn the idols of generations.
My servants decrease the lost to Satan,
increase the flock of The Good Shepherd.”
Eze 29:5 I will leave you in the wilderness, You and all the fish of your rivers; You shall fall on the open field; You shall not be picked up or gathered. I have given you as food To the beasts of the field And to the birds of the heavens.
Eze 29:6 "Then all the inhabitants of Egypt Shall know that I am the LORD, Because they have been a staff of reed to the house of Israel.
Eze 29:7 When they took hold of you with the hand, You broke and tore all their shoulders; When they leaned on you, You broke and made all their backs quiver."
Eze 29:8 'Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: "Surely I will bring a sword upon you and cut off from you man and beast.
Eze 29:9 "And the land of Egypt shall become desolate and waste; then they will know that I am the LORD, because he said, 'The River is mine, and I have made it.'
Eze 29:10 "Indeed, therefore, I am against you and against your rivers, and I will make the land of Egypt utterly waste and desolate, from Migdol to Syene, as far as the border of Ethiopia.
Eze 29:11 "Neither foot of man shall pass through it nor foot of beast pass through it, and it shall be uninhabited forty years.
Eze 29:12 "I will make the land of Egypt desolate in the midst of the countries that are desolate; and among the cities that are laid waste, her cities shall be desolate forty years; and I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations and disperse them throughout the countries."
Eze 29:13 'Yet, thus says the Lord GOD: "At the end of forty years I will gather the Egyptians from the peoples among whom they were scattered.
Eze 29:14 "I will bring back the captives of Egypt and cause them to return to the land of Pathros, to the land of their origin, and there they shall be a lowly kingdom.
Eze 29:15 "It shall be the lowliest of kingdoms; it shall never again exalt itself above the nations, for I will diminish them so that they will not rule over the nations anymore.
Eze 29:16 "No longer shall it be the confidence of the house of Israel, but will remind them of their iniquity when they turned to follow them. Then they shall know that I am the Lord GOD." ' "
Eze 29:17 And it came to pass in the twenty-seventh year, in the first month, on the first day of the month, that the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
Eze 29:18 "Son of man, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon caused his army to labor strenuously against Tyre; every head was made bald, and every shoulder rubbed raw; yet neither he nor his army received wages from Tyre, for the labor which they expended on it.
Eze 29:19 "Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: 'Surely I will give the land of Egypt to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; he shall take away her wealth, carry off her spoil, and remove her pillage; and that will be the wages for his army.
Eze 29:20 'I have given him the land of Egypt for his labor, because they worked for Me,' says the Lord GOD.
Eze 29:21 'In that day I will cause the horn of the house of Israel to spring forth, and I will open your mouth to speak in their midst. Then they shall know that I am the LORD.' "
* (29:3) That is, the Nile
* (29:5) Following Masoretic Text, Septuagint, and Vulgate; some Hebrew manuscripts and Targum read buried.
* (29:7) Following Masoretic Text and Vulgate; Septuagint and Syriac read hand.
* (29:10) Or tower