|Ezekiel 31 |
1 And it came to pass in the eleventh year, in the third month, in the first day of the month, that the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
2 "Son of man, speak to Pharaoh king of Egypt and to his multitude: 'Whom are you like in your greatness?
3 Behold, the Assyrian was a cedar in Lebanon with fair branches of a high stature that shaded the forest, with its top among the thick boughs.
4 The waters made it great; the deep springs gave it height with its rivers running around its plants, and sent its little rivers to all the trees of the field.
5 Therefore its height was exalted above all the trees of the field; its boughs were multiplied and its branches became long, spreading because of the abundance of waters.
6 All the fowls of heaven made their nests in his boughs, and all the beasts of the field brought forth their young under its branches, and all great nations dwelled under its shadow.
7 Thus it was fair in its greatness, in the length of its branches, for its root was by great waters.
8 The cedars in the garden of God could not rival it; the fir trees did not have boughs like it, and the chestnut trees were not like its branches; no tree in the garden of God was like it in its beauty.
9 I have made it fair by the multitude of its branches, so that all the trees of Eden that were in the garden of God envied it.
10 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Because it has lifted itself up in height and has shot up its top among the thick boughs, and its heart is lifted up [proud] because of its height,
11 I have therefore delivered it into the hand of the mighty one of the heathen; he shall surely deal with it. I have driven it out for its wickedness.
12 And strangers, the most terrible of the nations, have cut it off and have left it; upon the mountains and in all the valleys its branches have fallen and its boughs are broken by all the rivers of the land, and all the people of the earth have gone from under its shadow and left it.
13 All the fowls of the heavens will dwell upon its ruins, and all the beasts of the field will be upon its branches.
14 This is so that none of all the trees by the waters may exalt themselves for their height or shoot up their tops among the thick boughs. No trees that drink water should stand [depend] upon their own height, for they are all delivered to death, to the lower parts of the earth, in the midst of the children of men, with those who go down to the pit.
15 Thus says the Lord GOD: In the day when it went down to the grave I caused a mourning; I covered the deep springs with mourning for it, and I restrained its floods, and the great waters were held back. I caused Lebanon to mourn for it, and all the trees of the field wilted because of it.
16 I made the nations shake at the sound of its fall, when I cast it down to hell with those who descend into the pit; and all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon, all that drink water, will be comforted in the lower parts of the earth.
17 They also went down into hell with it to those who are slain with the sword; those who were its arm, who dwelled under its shadow in the midst of the heathen.
18 To whom are you like in glory and in greatness among the trees of Eden? Yet you are also brought down with the trees of Eden to the lower parts of the earth. You shall lie in the midst of the uncircumcised with those who are slain by the sword. This is Pharaoh and all his multitude, says the Lord GOD.'"
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