Ezekiel 31:3-14 NIV

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

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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

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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

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      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

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      7 It was majestic in beauty, with its spreading boughs, for its roots went down to abundant waters.10

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      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

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      9 I made it beautiful with abundant branches, the envy of all the trees of Eden14 in the garden of God.15

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      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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      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

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      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

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      13 All the birds of the air settled on the fallen tree, and all the beasts of the field were among its branches.21

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      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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