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Ezekiel 31 (New American Standard)

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Pharaoh Warned of Assyria's Fate

1 In the 1eleventh year, in the third month, on the first of the month, the word of the LORD came to me saying, 2 "Son of man, say to Pharaoh king of Egypt and to his 2hordes, 'Whom are you like in your greatness? 3 'Behold, Assyria was a 3cedar in Lebanon With beautiful branches and forest shade, And a4very high, And its top was among the bclouds. 4 'The 5waters made it grow, the cdeep made it high. With its rivers it continually dextended all around its planting place, And sent out its channels to all the trees of the field. 5 'Therefore 6its height was loftier than all the trees of the field And its boughs became many and its branches long Because of 7many waters eas it spread them out. 6 'All the 8birds of the heavens nested in its boughs, And under its branches all the beasts of the field gave birth, And all great nations lived under its shade. 7 'So it was beautiful in its greatness, in the length of its branches; For its froots extended to many waters. 8 'The 9cedars in 10God's garden gcould not match it; The hcypresses icould not compare with its boughs, And the plane trees jcould not match its branches. No tree in 11God's garden kcould compare with it in its beauty. 9 '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 'Therefore thus says the Lord lGOD, "Because mit is high in stature and has set its top among the nclouds, and its 14heart is haughty in its loftiness, 11 therefore I will give it into the hand of a o15despot of the nations; he will thoroughly deal with it. According to its wickedness I have 16driven it away. 12 "17Alien 18tyrants 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 20gone down from its shade and left it. 13 "On its ruin all the 21birds of the heavens will dwell, and all the beasts of the field will be on its fallen branches 14 so that all the trees by the waters may not be exalted in their stature, nor set their top among the pclouds, nor their qwell-watered mighty ones stand erect in their height. For they have all been given over to death, to the 22earth beneath, among the sons of men, with those who go down to the pit." 15 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "On the day when it went down to Sheol I 23caused lamentations; I closed the rdeep over it and held back its rivers. And its many waters were stopped up, and I made Lebanon smourn for it, and all the trees of the field wilted away on account of it. 16 "I made the nations 24quake at the sound of its fall when I made it 25go down to Sheol with those who go down to the pit; and all the twell-watered trees of Eden, the choicest and best of 26Lebanon, were 27comforted in the earth beneath. 17 "They also 28went down with it to Sheol to those who were 29slain by the sword; and those who were its ustrength lived 30under its shade among the nations. 18 "To which among the trees of Eden are you thus vequal in glory and greatness? Yet you will be brought down with the trees of Eden to the earth beneath; 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 Lord GOD."
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