In the 1eleventhyear, in the third month, on the first of the month, the word of the LORDcame to me saying,
2"Son of man, say to Pharaohking of Egypt and to his 2hordes, 'Whom are you like in your greatness?
3'Behold, Assyria was a 3cedar in Lebanon With beautifulbranches and forestshade, And a4veryhigh, And its top was among the bclouds.
'The 5waters made it grow, the cdeepmade it high. With its rivers it continually dextendedallaround its plantingplace, And sent out its channels to all the trees of the field.
5'Therefore6its height was loftierthanall the trees of the field And its boughsbecamemany and its brancheslongBecause of 7manywaterseas it spread them out.
6'All the 8birds of the heavensnested in its boughs, And under its branchesall the beasts of the fieldgavebirth, And allgreatnationslived under its shade.
'So it was beautiful in its greatness, in the length of its branches; For its frootsextended to manywaters.
'The 9cedars in 10God'sgardengcould not match it; The hcypressesicould not compare with its boughs, And the planetreesjcould not match its branches. Notree in 11God'sgardenkcould compare with it in its beauty.
'I made it beautiful with the multitude of its branches, And all the trees of 12Eden, which were in the 13garden of God, were jealous of it.
10'Thereforethussays the LordlGOD, "Becausemit is high in stature and has set its topamong the nclouds, and its 14heart is haughty in its loftiness,
therefore I will give it into the hand of a o15despot of the nations; he will thoroughlydeal with it. According to its wickedness I have 16driven it away.
"17Alien18tyrants of the nations have cut it down and left it; on the 19mountains and in all the valleys its branches have fallen and its boughs have been broken in all the ravines of the land. And all the peoples of the earth have 20gonedown from its shade and left it.
"On its ruinall the 21birds of the heavens will dwell, and all the beasts of the field will be on its fallen branches14so that all the trees by the waters may not be exalted in their stature, norset their topamong the pclouds, nor their qwell-wateredmighty ones stand erect in their height. For they have all been given over to death, to the 22earthbeneath, among the sons of men, with those who godown to the pit."
15'Thussays the LordGOD, "On the day when it wentdown to Sheol I 23causedlamentations; I closed the rdeepover it and heldback its rivers. And its manywaters were stopped up, and I made Lebanonsmourn for it, and all the trees of the fieldwiltedaway on account of it.
"I made the nations24quake at the sound of its fall when I made it 25godown to Sheol with those who godown to the pit; and all the twell-wateredtrees of Eden, the choicest and best of 26Lebanon, were 27comforted in the earthbeneath.
"They also28wentdown with it to Sheol to those who were 29slain by the sword; and those who were its ustrengthlived30under its shadeamong the nations.
"To which among the trees of Eden are you thusvequal in glory and greatness? Yet you will be broughtdown with the trees of Eden to the earthbeneath; you will lie in the midst of the 31uncircumcised, with those who were slain by the sword. 32So is Pharaoh and all his hordes!"' declares the LordGOD."