v. 20. And it came to pass in the eleventh year, this vision thus being placed about three months before the capture of Jerusalem, in the first month, in the seventh day of the month, that the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
v. 21. Son of man, I have broken the arm of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and therewith all the strength of his army, upon which he depended; and, lo, it shall not be bound up to be healed, not return to its former power, to put a roller, that is, a fillet, or splints, to bind it, to make it strong to hold the sword, so that he would at all recover his former position.
v. 22. Therefore, thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I am against Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and will break his arms, the strong, and that which was broken, the power which he had tried and would try to mend in order to regain his lost prestige; and I will cause the sword to fall out of his hand.
v. 23. And I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, in an exile like that of Israel, and will disperse them through the countries.
v. 24. And I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, who with his army was God's weapon of punishment upon Egypt, and put my sword in his hand; but I will break Pharaoh's arms, rendering him helpless before the invaders, and he shall groan before him, moaning before the conquering host, with the groanings of a deadly wounded man.
v. 25. But I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, the same statement being repeated in various forms, in order to strengthen the effect of the inevitable disaster, and the arms of Pharaoh shall fall down, in helpless weakness; and they shall know that I am the Lord when I shall put My sword into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall stretch it out upon the land of Egypt, in token of the destruction to be brought upon the whole land.
v. 26. And I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations and disperse them among the countries; and they shall know that I am the Lord. The entire passage impresses the reader with the sense of the mighty majesty of God in dealing with those who have refused to heed His warnings.