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Memphis, a celebrated city of Egypt, and, till the time of the Ptolemies, who removed to Alexandria, the residence of the ancient kings of Egypt. It stood above the dividing of the river Nile, where the Delta begins. Toward the south of this city stood the famous pyramids, two of which were esteemed the wonder of the world; and in this city was fed the ox Apis, which Cambyses slew, in contempt of the Egyptians, who worshipped it as a deity. The kings of Egypt took much pleasure in adorning this city; and it continued in all its beauty till the Arabians made a conquest of Egypt under the Caliph Omar. The general who took it built another city near it, named Fustal, merely because his tent had been a long time set up in that place; and the Fatimite caliphs, when they became masters of Egypt, added another to it, which is known to us at this day by the name of Grand Cairo. This occasioned the utter decay of Memphis, and led to the fulfilment of the prophecy, that it should be "waste and without inhabitant." The prophets often speak of this city, and foretel the miseries it was to suffer from the kings of Chaldea and Persia, Isaiah 19:13; Jeremiah 44:1; Jeremiah 46:14; Jeremiah 46:19; Hosea 9:6; Ezekiel 30:13; Ezekiel 30:16 .

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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Noph'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. 1831-2.

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