26 At this, all the people from the least to the greatest, together with the army officers, fled to Egypt(A) for fear of the Babylonians.

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Woe to Those Who Rely on Egypt

31 Woe(A) to those who go down to Egypt(B) for help,
    who rely on horses,(C)
who trust in the multitude of their chariots(D)
    and in the great strength of their horsemen,
but do not look to the Holy One(E) of Israel,
    or seek help from the Lord.(F)

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Look, I know you are depending(A) on Egypt,(B) that splintered reed(C) of a staff, which pierces the hand of anyone who leans on it! Such is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who depend on him.

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18 Now why go to Egypt(A)
    to drink water from the Nile[a]?(B)
And why go to Assyria(C)
    to drink water from the Euphrates?(D)

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 2:18 Hebrew Shihor; that is, a branch of the Nile

36 Why do you go about so much,
    changing(A) your ways?
You will be disappointed by Egypt(B)
    as you were by Assyria.

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14 and if you say, ‘No, we will go and live in Egypt,(A) where we will not see war or hear the trumpet(B) or be hungry for bread,’(C)

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15 But the king rebelled(A) against him by sending his envoys to Egypt(B) to get horses and a large army.(C) Will he succeed? Will he who does such things escape? Will he break the treaty and yet escape?(D)

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16 Egypt will no longer be a source of confidence(A) for the people of Israel but will be a reminder(B) of their sin in turning to her for help.(C) Then they will know that I am the Sovereign Lord.(D)’”

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