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You are expecting Egypt to help you, but that would be like using a reed as a walking stick--it would break and would jab your hand. That is what the king of Egypt is like when anyone relies on him."
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Lo thou trustest upon this broken staff of a reed, upon Egypt: upon which if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it: so is Pharao king of Egypt to all that trust in him.
Isaiah 20:5,6 And they shall be afraid, and ashamed of Ethiopia their hope, and of Egypt their glory. . . .
Isaiah 30:1-7 Woe to you, apostate children, saith the Lord, that you would take counsel, and not of me: and would begin a web, and not by my spirit, that you might add sin upon sin: . . .
Isaiah 31:3 Egypt is man, and not God: and their horses, flesh, and not spirit: and the Lord shall put down his hand, and the helper shall fall, and he that is helped shall fall, and they shall all be confounded together.
2 Kings 17:4 And when the king of the Assyrians found that Osee, endeavouring to rebel, had sent messengers to Sua, the king of Egypt, that he might not pay tribute to the king of the Assyrians, as he had done every year, he besieged him, bound him, and cast him into prison.
2 Kings 18:21 Dost thou trust in Egypt a staff of a broken reed, upon which if a man lean, it will break and go into his hand, and pierce it? so is Pharao, king of Egypt, to all that trust in him.
Jeremiah 37:5-8 And the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, saying: . . .
Ezekiel 29:6,7 And all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know that I am the Lord: because thou hast been a staff of a reed to the house of Israel. . . .
ContextSennacherib Threatens Jerusalem
…5Or with what counsel or strength dost thou prepare for war? on whom dost thou trust, that thou art revolted from me? 6Lo thou trustest upon this broken staff of a reed, upon Egypt: upon which if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it: so is Pharao king of Egypt to all that trust in him.7But if thou wilt answer me: We trust in the Lord our God: is it not he whose high places and altars Ezechias hath taken away, and hath said to Juda and Jerusalem: You shall worship before this altar?…
In the children of men, in whom there is no salvation.
To trust in an unfaithful man in the time of trouble, is like a rotten tooth, and weary foot,
And the strength of Pharao shall be to your confusion, and the confidence of the shadow of Egypt to your shame.
They were all confounded at a people that could not profit them: they were no help, nor to any profit, but to confusion and to reproach.
Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help, trusting in horses, and putting their confidence in chariots, because they are many: and in horsemen, because they are very strong: and have not trusted in the Holy One of Israel, and have not sought after the Lord.
And not with a great army, nor with much people shall Pharao fight against him: when he shall cast up mounts, and build forts, to cut off many souls.
And all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know that I am the Lord: because thou hast been a staff of a reed to the house of Israel.
When they took hold of thee with the hand thou didst break, and rent all their shoulder: and when they leaned upon thee, thou brokest, and weakenest all their loins.
And they shall be no more a confidence to the house of Israel, teaching iniquity, that they may flee, and follow them: and they shall know that I am the Lord God.
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