Ezekiel 31:13

13 All the birds settled on the fallen tree, and all the wild animals lived among its branches.

Read Ezekiel 31:13 Using Other Translations

Upon his ruin shall all the fowls of the heaven remain, and all the beasts of the field shall be upon his branches:
On its fallen trunk dwell all the birds of the heavens, and on its branches are all the beasts of the field.
“The birds roost on its fallen trunk, and the wild animals lie among its branches.

What does Ezekiel 31:13 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ezekiel 31:13

Upon his ruin shall all the fowls of the heaven remain
Or, "on his fall" F19; the fall of this tree: and all the beasts of the field shall be upon his branches as when a tree is cut down, and its lopped off branches and boughs lie here and there, either the birds and beasts that before dwelt in it or under it, though for a while frightened away, return unto it; or others come: the birds come and sit upon the boughs, and pick up what they can find on them; and the beasts browse upon the branches: this may signify that even those people who before put themselves under the protection of this monarch, or sought alliance with him, now preyed upon his dominions; or the Medes and Babylonians, the conquerors, seized on the provinces of the empire, and plundered them of their riches, The Targum understands it literally of the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, feeding upon the carcasses of the slain; which is no bad sense of the passage; thus,

``upon the fall of his slain all the fowls of heaven have dwelt, and upon the carcasses of his army all the beasts of the field have rested.''

FOOTNOTES:

F19 (wtlpm le) "super prolapse ejus", Cocceius; "super cadivum truncum ejus", Junius & Tremellius.
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