32:1 And it came to pass in the a twelfth year, in the twelfth month, in the first [day] of the month, [that] the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
(a) Which was the first year of the general
captivity under Zedekiah.
32:2 Son of man, take up a lamentation for Pharaoh
king of Egypt, and say to him, Thou art like a young b
lion of the nations, and thou [art] as a whale in the seas: and thou didst come
forth with thy rivers, and didst c
trouble the waters with thy feet, and didst foul their rivers.
(b) Thus the scriptures compare tyrants to cruel
and huge beasts which devour all that are weaker than they and such as they
(c) You prepared great armies.
And I will lay thy flesh upon the mountains, and fill the valleys d
with thy height.
(d) With heaps of the carcass of your army.
32:6 I will also water with thy blood the land in
which thou e swimmest, [even] to the
mountains; and the rivers shall be full of thee.
(e) As the Nile overflows in Egypt, so will I
make the blood of your host overflow it.
32:7 And when I shall f
put thee out, I will cover the heaven, and make its stars dark; I will cover the
sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give her light.
(f) The word signifies to be put out as a candle
is put out.
32:8 All the bright lights of heaven will I make
dark over thee, and set g darkness upon
thy land, saith the Lord GOD.
(g) By this manner of speech is meant the great
sorrow that will be for the slaughter of the king and his people.
By the swords of the mighty will I cause thy multitude to fall, the terrible of
the nations, all of them: and they shall lay waste the h
pomp of Egypt, and all its multitude shall be destroyed.
(h) This came to pass in less than four years
after this prophecy.
32:14 Then will I make i
their waters deep, and cause their rivers to run like oil, saith the Lord GOD.
(i) That is, of the Chaldeans your enemies, who
will quietly enjoy all your conveniences.
Son of man, wail for the multitude of Egypt, and k
cast them down, [even] her, and the daughters of the famous nations, to the
lower parts of the earth, with them that go down into the pit.
(k) That is, prophecy that they will be cast
down: thus the Lord gives his prophets power both to plant and to destroy by
his word, read (Jeremiah
32:19 Whom dost thou pass l
in beauty? go down, and be thou laid with the uncircumcised.
(l) Have not other kingdoms more beautiful than
32:20 They shall fall in the midst of [them that
are] slain by the sword: m she is
delivered to the sword: draw her and all her multitudes.
(m) That is, Egypt.
32:21 The strong among the mighty shall speak to n
him out of the midst of the grave with them that help him: they are gone down,
they lie uncircumcised, slain by the sword.
(n) To make the matter more sensible, he brings
in Pharaoh whom the dead will meet and marvel at him, read (Isaiah
There [is] o Elam and all her multitude
around her grave, all of them slain, fallen by the sword, who are gone down
uncircumcised into the lower parts of the earth, who caused their terror in the
land of the p living; yet have they
borne their shame with them that go down to the pit.
(o) Meaning the Persians.
(p) Whom in his life all the world feared.
32:26 There [is] q
Meshech, Tubal, and all her multitude: her graves [are] around him: all of them
uncircumcised, slain by the sword, though they caused their terror in the land
of the living.
(q) That is, the Capadocians and Italians or
Spaniards, as Josephus writes.
32:27 And they shall not lie with the mighty [that
are] fallen r of the uncircumcised, who
are gone down to the grave with their weapons of war: and they have laid their
swords under their heads, but their iniquities shall be upon their bones, though
[they were] the terror of the mighty in the land of the living.
(r) Who died not by cruel death but by the course
of nature, and are honourably buried with their coat of armour and signs of
There [are] the princes of the s north,
all of them, and all the Zidonians, who are gone down with the slain; with their
terror they are ashamed of their might; and they lie uncircumcised with [them
that are] slain by the sword, and bear their shame with them that go down to the
(s) The kings of Babylon.
32:31 Pharaoh shall see them, and shall be t
comforted over all his multitude, [even] Pharaoh and all his army slain by the
sword, saith the Lord GOD.
(t) As the wicked rejoice when they see others
partakers of their miseries.
32:32 For I have caused my u
terror in the land of the living: and he shall be laid in the midst of the
uncircumcised with [them that are] slain with the sword, [even] Pharaoh and all
his multitude, saith the Lord GOD.
(u) I will make the Egyptians afraid of me, as
they caused others to fear them.