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Ezekiel 31 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Pharaoh to Be Slain

(cf. Eze 17:22–24 )
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:1 - In the eleventh year, in the third month, on the first day of the month, the word of the LORD came to me:
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:2 - “Son of man, say to Pharaoh king of Egypt and to his multitude:
“Whom are you like in your greatness?
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:3 - Behold, Assyria was a cedar in Lebanon,
with beautiful branches and forest shade,
and of towering height,
its top among the clouds.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:4 - The waters nourished it;
the deep made it grow tall,
making its rivers flow
around the place of its planting,
sending forth its streams
to all the trees of the field.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:5 - So it towered high
above all the trees of the field;
its boughs grew large
and its branches long
from abundant water in its shoots.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:6 - All the birds of the heavens
made their nests in its boughs;
under its branches all the beasts of the field
gave birth to their young,
and under its shadow
lived all great nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:7 - It was beautiful in its greatness,
in the length of its branches;
for its roots went down
to abundant waters.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:8 - The cedars in the garden of God could not rival it,
nor the fir trees equal its boughs;
neither were the plane trees
like its branches;
no tree in the garden of God
was its equal in beauty.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:9 - I made it beautiful
in the mass of its branches,
and all the trees of Eden envied it,
that were in the garden of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:10 - “Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Because it[fn] towered high and set its top among the clouds,[fn] and its heart was proud of its height,
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:11 - I will give it into the hand of a mighty one of the nations. He shall surely deal with it as its wickedness deserves. I have cast it out.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:12 - Foreigners, the most ruthless of nations, have cut it down and left it. On the mountains 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 gone away from its shadow and left it.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:13 - On its fallen trunk dwell all the birds of the heavens, and on its branches are all the beasts of the field.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:14 - All this is in order that no trees by the waters may grow to towering height or set their tops among the clouds,[fn] and that no trees that drink water may reach up to them in height. For they are all given over to death, to the world below, among the children of man,[fn] with those who go down to the pit.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:15 - “Thus says the Lord GOD: On the day the cedar[fn] went down to Sheol I caused mourning; I closed the deep over it, and restrained its rivers, and many waters were stopped. I clothed Lebanon in gloom for it, and all the trees of the field fainted because of it.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:16 - I made the nations quake at the sound of its fall, when I cast it down to Sheol with those who go down to the pit. And all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon, all that drink water, were comforted in the world below.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:17 - They also went down to Sheol with it, to those who are slain by the sword; yes, those who were its arm, who lived under its shadow among the nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:18 - “Whom are you thus like in glory and in greatness among the trees of Eden? You shall be brought down with the trees of Eden to the world below. You shall lie among the uncircumcised, with those who are slain by the sword. “This is Pharaoh and all his multitude, declares the Lord GOD.”
ESV Footnotes
Or its top went through the thick boughs
Syriac, Vulgate; Hebrew you
Or its top through the thick boughs
Or their tops through the thick boughs
Or of Adam
Hebrew it
ESV

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