I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, but the arms of Pharaoh will fall limp. Then they will know that I am the Lord when I place my sword in the hand of the king of Babylon and he extends it against the land of Egypt.
Indeed, I terrified him in the land of the living, yet he will lie in the midst of the uncircumcised with those killed by the sword, Pharaoh and all his hordes, declares the sovereign Lord.”
(Pharaoh, king of Egypt, had attacked and captured Gezer. He burned it and killed the Canaanites who lived in the city. He gave it as a wedding present to his daughter, who had married Solomon.)
This happened because the Israelites sinned against the Lord their God, who brought them up from the land of Egypt and freed them from the power of 1 Pharaoh king of Egypt. They worshiped 2 other gods;
Pharaoh Necho imprisoned him in Riblah in the land of Hamath and prevented him from ruling in Jerusalem. 1 He imposed on the land a special tax 2 of one hundred talents 3 of silver and a talent of gold.
He spoke about Egypt and the army of Pharaoh Necho king of Egypt which was encamped along the Euphrates River at Carchemish. Now this was the army that King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon defeated in the fourth year that Jehoiakim son of Josiah was ruling 1 over Judah. 2
Moses said to Pharaoh, “You may have the honor over me 1 – when shall I pray for you, your servants, and your people, for the frogs to be removed 2 from you and your houses, so that 3 they will be left 4 only in the Nile?”
Why should we die before your very eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land in exchange for food, and we, with our land, will become 1 Pharaoh’s slaves. 2 Give us seed that we may live 3 and not die. Then the land will not become desolate.” 4
1 The Lord said to Moses, “I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt; after that he will release you from this place. When he releases you, 2 he will drive you out completely 3 from this place.
When Pharaoh stubbornly refused 1 to release us, the Lord killed all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of people to the firstborn of animals. 2 That is why I am sacrificing 3 to the Lord the first male offspring of every womb, but all my firstborn sons I redeem.’
Tell them, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: “‘Look, I am against 1 you, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great monster 2 lying in the midst of its waterways, who has said, “My Nile is my own, I made it for myself.” 3
Which of the trees of Eden was like you in majesty and loftiness? You will be brought down with the trees of Eden to the lower parts of the earth; you will lie among the uncircumcised, with those killed by the sword! This is what will happen to Pharaoh and all his hordes, declares the sovereign Lord.’”
“Son of man, sing a lament for Pharaoh king of Egypt, and say to him: “‘You were like a lion 1 among the nations, but you are a monster in the seas; you thrash about in your streams, stir up the water with your feet, and muddy your 2 streams.
Then they said to Pharaoh, “We have come to live as temporary residents 1 in the land. There 2 is no pasture for your servants’ flocks because the famine is severe in the land of Canaan. So now, please let your servants live in the land of Goshen.”
The sons of Ezrah: Jether, Mered, Epher, and Jalon. Mered’s wife Bithiah 1 gave birth to Miriam, Shammai, and Ishbah, the father of Eshtemoa.
(His Judahite wife gave birth to Jered the father of Gedor, Heber the father of Soco, and Jekuthiel the father of Zanoah.) These were the sons of Pharaoh’s daughter Bithiah, whom Mered married. 1
One of you must go and get 1 your brother, while 2 the rest of you remain in prison. 3 In this way your words may be tested to see if 4 you are telling the truth. 5 If not, then, as surely as Pharaoh lives, you are spies!”