A. children that do not seek YHWH’s guidance
1 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD,
that take counsel, but not of me;
and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit,
that they may add sin to sin:
2 That walk to go down into Egypt,
and have not asked at my mouth;
to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh,
and to trust in the shadow of Egypt!
B. Egypt no help – they are staying where they are!
3 Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame,
and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion.
4 For his princes were at Zoan, and his ambassadors came to Hanes.
5 They were all ashamed of a people that could not profit them,
nor be an help nor profit, but a shame, and also a reproach.
B’. Egypt no help – Israel’s ambassadors travel through dangerous territory to no avail.
6 The burden of the beasts of the south:
into the land of trouble and anguish,
from whence come the young and old lion,
the viper and fiery flying serpent,
they will carry their riches upon the shoulders of young asses,
and their treasures upon the bunches of camels,
to a people that shall not profit them.
7 For the Egyptians shall help in vain, and to no purpose:
therefore have I cried concerning this, Their strength is to sit still.
9. That this is a rebellious people, lying children,
children that will not hear the law of the LORD:
10. Which say to the seers, See not;
and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things,
speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:
11. Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path,
cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.