Ezekiel Chapter 31 |
1In the eleventh year, on the first day of the third month, the word of the Lord came to me:
2O mortal, say to Pharaoh king of Egypt and his hordes:
Who was comparable to you in greatness?
3Assyria was a cedar in Lebanon
With beautiful branches and shady thickets,
Of lofty stature,
With its top among leafy trees.
4Waters nourished it,
The deep made it grow tall,
Washing with its streams
The place where it was planted,
Making its channels well up
To all the trees of the field.
5Therefore it exceeded in stature
All the trees of the field;
Its branches multiplied and its boughs grew long
Because of the abundant water
That welled up for it.
6In its branches nested
All the birds of the sky;
All the beasts of the field
Bore their young under its boughs,
And in its shadow lived
All the great nations.
7It was beautiful in its height,
In the length of its branches,
Because its stock stood
By abundant waters.
8Cedars in the garden of God
Could not compare with it;
Cypresses could not match its boughs,
And plane trees could not vie with its branches;
No tree in the garden of God
Was its peer in beauty.
9I made it beautiful
In the profusion of its branches;
And all the trees of Eden envied it
In the garden of God.
10Assuredly, thus said the Lord God: Because it towered high in stature, and thrust its top up among the leafy trees, and it was arrogant in its height, 11I delivered it into the hands of the mightiest of nations. They treated it as befitted its wickedness. I banished it. 12Strangers, the most ruthless of nations, cut it down and abandoned it; its branches fell on the mountains and in every valley; its boughs were splintered in every watercourse of the earth; and all the peoples of the earth departed from its shade and abandoned it. 13Upon its fallen trunk all the birds of the sky nest, and all the beasts of the field lodge among its boughs— 14so that no trees by water should exalt themselves in stature or set their tops among the leafy trees, and that no well-watered tree may reach up to them in height. For they are all consigned to death, to the lowest part of the netherworld, together with human beings who descend into the Pit.
15Thus said the Lord God: On the day it went down to Sheol, I closed the deep over it and covered it; I held back its streams, and the great waters were checked. I made Lebanon mourn deeply for it, and all the trees of the field languished on its account. 16I made nations quake at the crash of its fall, when I cast it down to Sheol with those who descend into the Pit; and all the trees of Eden, the choicest and best of Lebanon, all that were well watered, were consoled in the lowest part of the netherworld. 17They also descended with it into Sheol, to those slain by the sword, together with its supporters, they who had lived under its shadow among the nations.
18[Now you know] who is comparable to you in glory and greatness among the trees of Eden. And you too shall be brought down with the trees of Eden to the lowest part of the netherworld; you shall lie among the uncircumcised and those slain by the sword. Such shall be [the fate of] Pharaoh and all his hordes—declares the Lord God.