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Ezekiel 31:3-14 (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, 11 I handed it over to the ruler of the nations, for him to deal with according to its wickedness. I cast it aside,17 12 and the most ruthless of foreign nations18 cut it down and left it. Its boughs fell on the mountains and in all the valleys;19 its branches lay broken in all the ravines of the land. All the nations of the earth came out from under its shade and left it.20 13 All the birds of the air settled on the fallen tree, and all the beasts of the field were among its branches.21 14 Therefore no other trees by the waters are ever to tower proudly on high, lifting their tops above the thick foliage. No other trees so well-watered are ever to reach such a height; they are all destined22 for death,23 for the earth below, among mortal men, with those who go down to the pit.24
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