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Ezekiel 31 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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Pharaoh Warned of Assyria's Fate

(cf. Eze 17:22–24 )
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:1 - In the eleventh year, in the third month, on the first of the month, the word of the LORD came to me saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:2 - “Son of man, say to Pharaoh king of Egypt and to his hordes,
‘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 [fn]very high,
And its top was among the [fn]clouds.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:4 - ‘The waters made it grow, the [fn]deep made it high.
With its rivers it continually [fn]extended all around its planting place,
And sent out its channels to all the trees of the field.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:5 - ‘Therefore its height was loftier than all the trees of the field
And its boughs became many and its branches long
Because of many waters [fn]as it spread them out.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:6 - ‘All the birds 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:7 - ‘So it was beautiful in its greatness, in the length of its branches;
For its [fn]roots extended to many waters.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:8 - ‘The cedars in God’s garden [fn]could not match it;
The [fn]cypresses [fn]could not compare with its boughs,
And the plane trees [fn]could not match its branches.
No tree in God’s garden [fn]could compare with it in its beauty.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:9 - ‘I made it beautiful with the multitude of its branches,
And all the trees of Eden, which were in the garden of God, were jealous of it.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:10 - ‘Therefore thus says the Lord [fn]GOD, “Because [fn]it is high in stature and has set its top among the [fn]clouds, and its heart is haughty in its loftiness,
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:11 - therefore I will give it into the hand of a [fn]despot of the nations; he will thoroughly deal with it. According to its wickedness I have driven it away.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:12 - “Alien tyrants of the 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 down from its shade and left it.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:13 - “On its ruin all the birds of the heavens will dwell, and all the beasts of the field will be on its fallen branches
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:14 - so that all the trees by the waters may not be exalted in their stature, nor set their top among the [fn]clouds, nor their [fn]well-watered mighty ones stand erect in their height. For they have all been given over to death, to the earth beneath, among the sons of men, with those who go down to the pit.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:15 - ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “On the day when it went down to Sheol I caused lamentations; I closed the [fn]deep over it and held back its rivers. And its many waters were stopped up, and I made Lebanon [fn]mourn for it, and all the trees of the field wilted away on account of it.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:16 - “I made the nations quake at the sound of its fall when I made it go down to Sheol with those who go down to the pit; and all the [fn]well-watered trees of Eden, the choicest and best of Lebanon, were comforted in the earth beneath.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:17 - “They also went down with it to Sheol to those who were slain by the sword; and those who were its [fn]strength lived under its shade among the nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 31:18 - “To which among the trees of Eden are you thus [fn]equal 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 uncircumcised, with those who were slain by the sword. So is Pharaoh and all his hordes!”’ declares the Lord GOD.”
NASB95 Footnotes
Literally: high of stature
So Gr; M.T. thick boughs
I.e. subterranean waters
Literally: was going
Literally: in its sending forth
Literally: root was
Literally: did
Or, Phoenician junipers
Literally: were not like
Hebrew: YHWH, usually rendered LORD, and so throughout the chapter
Literally: you are
Or, thick boughs
Or, mighty one
Or, thick boughs
Literally: drinkers of water
I.e. subterranean waters
Literally: be darkened
Literally: drinkers of water
Literally: arm
Literally: like

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