The Bible and its Story: Egypt’s Strength Fails

The people of Judah were slow to listen to Isaiah’s preaching. They saw, indeed, the danger of Assyrian invasion; but they trusted to defeat the Assyrian forces by getting aid from Egypt. They thought to match the great empire of the South against that of the North, and foolishly believed that they themselves could stand unharmed in the very centre of the clash. Apparently an embassy was sent to Egypt seeking alliance; for Isaiah cries out contemptuously against this folly. “Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the Lord!”

‎Let the people trust in themselves and God. If they amend their lives and dwell in righteousness, the Almighty will Himself protect them. As for Egypt, her strength shall prove but a shadow. Untold misery shall come upon her in her own home, a “land of trouble and anguish.” Death shall exact a heavy toll of her people. Let them look to themselves. Grimly suggestive is the final comment. “The Egyptians are men, and not God.”

by Julius A. Bewer; Charles F. Horne

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