1 TheRead (Isa_13:7).burden of Egypt. Behold, the LORDBecause the Egyptians trusted in the defence of their country, in the multitude of their idols and in the valiantness of their men the Lord shows that he will come over all their munitions in a swift cloud, and that their idols will tremble at his coming and that men's hearts will faint.rideth upon a swift cloud, and shall come into Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst of it.
2 And I will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they shallAs he caused the Ammonites, Moabites and Idumeans to kill one another, when they came to destroy the Church of God, (2Ch_20:22; Isa_49:26).fight every one against his brother, and every one against his neighbour; city against city, [and] kingdom against kingdom.
3 And theMeaning, their policy and wisdom.spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst of her; and I will destroy her counsel: and they shall seek to the idols, and to the charmers, and to the mediums, and to the wizards.
4 And I will deliuer the Egyptians into the hand of the cruell Lordes, & a mightie King shall rule ouer them, sayth the Lord God of hostes.
5 And the waters shallHe shows that the sea and their great river Nile by which they thought themselves most sure, would not be able to defend them but that he would send the Assyrians among them, that would keep them under as slaves.fail from the sea, and the rivers shall be wasted and dried up.
6 And they shall turn theFor the Nile ran into the sea by seven streams, as though they were many rivers.rivers far away; [and] the brooks of defence shall be emptied and dried up: the reeds and flags shall wither.
7 The paper reeds by the brooks, by theThe Hebrew word is mouth, by which they mean the spring out of which the water gushes as out of a mouth.mouth of the brooks, and every thing sown by the brooks, shall wither, be driven away, and be no [more].
8 The fishermen also shallThe Scriptures describe the destruction of a country by the taking away of the conveniences of it, as by vines, flesh, fish and such other things by which countries are enriched.mourn, and all they that cast hook into the brooks shall lament, and they that spread nets upon the waters shall languish.
9 Moreouer, they that worke in flaxe of diuers sortes, shall be confounded, and they that weaue nettes.
10 For their nettes shalbe broken, and all they, that make pondes, shalbe heauie in heart.
11 Surely the princes ofCalled also Tanes, a famous city on the Nile.Zoan [are] fools, the counsel of the wise counsellors of Pharaoh is become senseless: how say ye to Pharaoh, IHe notes the flatterers of Pharaoh: who persuaded the king that he was wise and noble, and that his house was ancient and so he flatters himself, saying I am wise.[am] the son of the wise, the son of ancient kings?
12 Where are nowe thy wise men, that they may tell thee, or may knowe what the Lorde of hostes hath determined against Egypt?
13 The princes of Zoan are become fools, the princes ofOr Memphis, Alexandria, and now called the great Cairo.Noph are deceived; they have also seduced Egypt, [even they that are] theThe principal upholders of it are the main cause of their destruction.support of its tribes.
14 The LORD hath mingled aFor the spirit of wisdom he has made them drunken and giddy with the spirit of error.perverse spirit in the midst of it: and they have caused Egypt to err in every work of it, as a drunken [man] staggereth in his vomit.
15 Neither shall there be [any] work for Egypt, which the head or tail, branch or rush, mayNeither the great or the small, the strong or the weak.perform.
16 In that day shall Egypt be like vnto women: for it shall be afraide and feare because of the moouing of the hand of the Lorde of hostes, which he shaketh ouer it.
17 And the land of Judah shall be a terrorConsidering that through their opportunity the Jews did not make God their defence but put their trust in them, and were therefore now punished, they will fear least the same light on them.to Egypt, every one that maketh mention of it shall be afraid in himself, because of the counsel of the LORD of hosts, which he hath determined against it.
18 In that day shall five cities in the land of EgyptWill make one confession of faith with the people of God, by the speech of Canaan, meaning the language in which God was then served.speak the language of Canaan, andWill renounce their superstitions and protest to serve God correctly.swear to the LORD of hosts; one shall be called, The city ofMeaning of six cities, five would serve God, and the sixth would remain in their wickedness: and so there would be but one lost.destruction.
19 In that day shall there be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, andThere will be evident signs and tokens, that God's religion is there: which manner of speech is taken of the patriarchs and ancient time, when God has not as yet appointed the place, and full manner how he would be worshipped.a pillar at its border to the LORD.
20 And it shall be for a sign and for a witness to the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt: for they shall cry to the LORD because of the oppressors, and he shall send themThis declares that this prophecy would be accomplished in the time of Christ.a saviour, and a great one, and he shall deliver them.
21 And the LORD shall be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the LORD in that day, and shall doBy these ceremonies he comprehends the spiritual service under Christ.sacrifice and oblation; yea, they shall vow a vow to the LORD, and perform [it].
22 So ye Lord shall smite Egypt, he shall smite and heale it: for he shall returne vnto ye Lord, and he shall be intreated of them and shall heale them.
23 In that day shall there be a highway fromBy these two nations, which were then chief enemies of the Church, he shows that the Gentiles and the Jews would be joined together in one faith and religion, and would all be one fold under Christ their shepherd.Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians.
24 In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and Asshur, euen a blessing in the middes of the land.
25 For the Lorde of hostes shall blesse it, saying, Blessed be my people Egypt and Asshur, the worke of mine hands, and Israel mine inheritance.