*THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET
Ezekiel 31 ©
The time of this prophecy, v. 1. Wherein God presents before the king of Pharaoh and his people the eminence, glory and pride of the king and kingdom of Assyria, under the parable of an high, fair cedar tree, 2, 3, etc. And their ruin, because of their pride and haughtiness, 10, 11, etc. For an example to all others, 14. And that it shall fare just so with Pharaoh and his people, 10, 18.
AND it came to pass in the 1eleventh year, in the third month, in the first day of the month, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Son of man, speak unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, and to his 2multitude; 3Whom art thou like in thy greatness?
¶Behold, the 4Assyrian was 5a cedara in Lebanon with fair branches, and with a 6shadowing shroud,b and of an high 7stature; and his top was among the thick boughs.
The 8waters 9made him great, 10the deep set him up on high 11with her rivers running round about his 12plants, and 13sent out her little rivers unto all the trees of the field.
Therefore his height was exalted above all the trees of the field, and his boughs were multiplied, and his branches became long because of the 14multitude of waters, when he 15shot forth.
16All the fowlsc of heaven made their nests in his boughs, and under his branches did all the beasts of the field bring forth their young, and under his 17shadow dwelt all great nations.
Thus was he fair in his greatness, in the length of his branches: for his root was by great waters.
The 18cedars in the garden ofd God could not hide him: the fir trees were not like his boughs, and the chesnute trees were not like his branches; 19nor any tree in the garden of God was like unto him in his beauty.
I have made him fair by the multitude of his branches: so that all the trees of Eden, that were in the garden of God, envied him.
¶Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because 20thou hast lifted up thyself in 21height, and he hath 22shot up his top 23among the thick boughs, and his heart is lifted up in his height;
I have therefore delivered him into the hand of the 24mighty one of the heathen; 25he shall surely deal with him: I have driven him out for his wickedness.
And strangers, the 26terriblef of the nations, have cut him off, and have left him: upon the mountains and in all the valleys 27his branches are fallen, and his boughs are broken by all the rivers 28of the land; and all the people of the earth are gone down from his shadow, and have left him.
Upon his 29ruin shall all the 30fowls of the heaven remain, and all the beasts of the field shall be upon his branches:
To the end that 31none of all the trees by the waters exalt themselves for their height, neither shoot up their 32top among the thick boughs, neither their trees 33stand up in their height, all that 34drink water: for they are all delivered unto death, to the 35nether parts of the earth, in the midst of the 36children of men, with them that go down to the pit.
Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the day when he went down to the 37grave I 38caused a mourning: I 39covered the 40deep for him, and I 41restrained the floods thereof, and the great waters were stayed: and I caused Lebanon to 42mourn for him, and all the trees of the field fainted for him.
I made the nations to shakeg at the sound of his fall, when I cast him down to hell with them that descend into the pit: and all the trees of 43Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon, all that 44drink water, shall be 45comforted in the nether parts of the earth.
They also went down into hell with him unto them that be slain with the sword; and they that were his 46arm, that dwelt under his 47shadow in the midst of the heathen.
¶To whom art 48thou thus like in glory and in greatness among the trees of Eden? yet shalt thou be brought down with the trees of Eden unto the nether parts of the earth: thou shalt lie in the midst of the 49uncircumcisedh with them that be slain by the sword. 50This is Pharaoh and all his 51multitude, saith the Lord GOD.