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Ezekiel 31:3-10 (New International Version)

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3 Consider Assyria,1 once a cedar in Lebanon,2 with beautiful branches overshadowing the forest; it towered on high, its top above the thick foliage.3 4 The waters4 nourished it, deep springs made it grow tall; their streams flowed all around its base and sent their channels to all the trees of the field.5 5 So it towered higher6 than all the trees of the field; its boughs increased and its branches grew long, spreading because of abundant waters.7 6 All the birds of the air nested in its boughs, all the beasts of the field gave birth8 under its branches; all the great nations lived in its shade.9 7 It was majestic in beauty, with its spreading boughs, for its roots went down to abundant waters.10 8 The cedars11 in the garden of God could not rival it, nor could the pine trees equal its boughs, nor could the plane trees12 compare with its branches-- no tree in the garden of God could match its beauty.13 9 I made it beautiful with abundant branches, the envy of all the trees of Eden14 in the garden of God.15 10 " 'Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because it towered on high, lifting its top above the thick foliage, and because it was proud16 of its height,
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