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Ezekiel

Egypt - a cedar tree.  Eze.31.1-18

1On the first day of the third month in the eleventh year this word came to me from the LORD: 2Man, say to Pharaoh king of Egypt and all his horde:

10Therefore these are the words of the Lord GOD: Because it grew so high and pushed its crown up through the foliage, and its pride mounted as it grew, 11therefore I handed it over to a prince of the nations to deal with it; I made an example of it as its wickedness deserved. 12Strangers from the most ruthless of nations hewed it down and flung it away. Its sweeping boughs fell on the mountains and in all the valleys, and its branches lay broken beside all the streams in the land. All nations of the earth came out from under its shade and left it. 13All the birds of the air settled on its fallen trunk; the wild creatures all stood by its branches. 14Never again, therefore, shall the well-watered trees grow so high or push their crowns up through the foliage. Nor shall the strongest of them, well watered though they be, stand erect in their full height; for all have been given over to death, to the world below, to share the common doom and go down to the abyss.

15These are the words of the Lord GOD: When he went down to Sheol, I closed the deep over him as a gate, I dammed its rivers, the great waters were held back. I put Lebanon in mourning for him, and all the trees of the country-side wilted. 16I made nations shake with the crash of his fall, when I brought him down to Sheol with those who go down to the abyss. From this all the trees of Eden, all the choicest and best of Lebanon, all the well-watered trees, drew comfort in the world below. 17They too like him had gone down to Sheol, to those slain with the sword; and those who had lived in his shadow were scattered among the nations. 18Which among the trees of Eden was like you in glory and greatness? Yet you will be brought down with the trees of Eden to the world below; you will lie with those who have been slain by the sword, in the company of the strengthless dead. This stands for Pharaoh and all his horde. This is the very word of the Lord GOD.


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