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Haftara Bo

Jeremiah 46.13-28

The word that God spoke to Jeremiah the prophet, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon should come to smite the land of Egypt.

Declare in Egypt, and announce in Migdol; announce in Noph and in Tahpanhes. Say: “Stand forth and be prepared, for the sword has devoured all around you.” Why is your strong one overthrown? He did not stand because God thrust him down. He made many stumble; indeed, one fell upon another. They said; “Arise, and let us return to our own people, and to the land of our birth, because of the oppressing sword.”

They cried there, “Pharaoh king of Egypt is but noise who lets the appointed time pass by.”

As I live, says the King, whose name is the Lord of hosts. Surely one shall come like Tabor among the mountains, like Carmel by the sea. O daughter dwelling in Egypt, prepare yourself to go into exile for Noph will become a desolation, a ruin without inhabitant. Egypt is a beautiful heifer but the gadfly from the north has come. Even her mercenaries in he midst are like fatted calves; for they also turned back and fled together. They did not stand; for the day of their calamity has come upon them, the time of their punishment. The sound is like the serpent’s, for they march with an army, and come against their axes, like those who fell trees. They cut down her forest, said God, although it is impenetrable, because they are more numerous than locusts. The daughter of Egypt is put to shame; she is delivered into the hand of the people from the north.

The Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, said: Behold, I will punish Amon of No, and Pharaoh, and Egypt, and her gods, and her kings; even Pharaoh, and those who trusted him. I will deliver them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and his servants. Afterwards it will be inhabited, as in the days of old, said God.

But fear not, O Jacob My servant, neither be dismayed, O Israel; be assured, I will save you from afar, and your offspring from the land of their captivity; and Jacob will again be quiet and at ease, and none will make him afraid. Fear not, O Jacob My servant, said God, for I am with you. I will make a full end of all the nations to which I have driven you. But of you I will not make a full end. I will correct you in just measure, but not utterly destroy you.