Ezekiel 31

1On the first day of the third month ˻(June)˼ in the eleventh year ˻of exile˼, the word of the Lord came to me. He said, 2“Son of man, say these things to Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and to his people: “'You are so great! Who can I compare you to? 3Assyria was a cedar tree in Lebanon With beautiful branches, With forest shade, And very tall. Its top was among the clouds! 4The water made the tree grow. The deep river made the tree tall. Rivers flowed around the place where the tree was planted. Only small streams flowed from that tree to all the other trees of the field. 5So that tree was taller than all the other trees of the field. And it grew many branches. There was plenty of water, so the tree branches spread out. 6All the birds of the sky made their nests in the branches of that tree. And all the animals of the field gave birth under the branches of that tree. All the great nations lived under the shade of that tree. 7The tree was very beautiful. It was so large! It had such long branches. Its roots had plenty of water! 8Even the cedar trees in God’s garden were not as big as this tree. Cypress trees did not have as many branches. Plane-trees did not have such branches. No tree in God’s garden was as beautiful as this tree. 9I gave it many branches and made it beautiful. And all the trees in Eden, God’s garden, were jealous!’” 10So the Lord my Master says these things: “That tree grew tall. Its top reached up to the clouds. It grew so big that it became proud! 11So I let a powerful king have that tree. That ruler punished the tree for the bad things it did. I took that tree out of my garden. 12Strangers—the most terrible people in the world—cut it down and scattered its branches on the mountains and in the valleys. Its broken limbs drifted down the rivers flowing through that land. There was no more shadow under that tree, so all the people left. 13Now birds live in that fallen tree. Wild animals walk over its fallen branches. 14“Now, none of the trees by that water will be proud. They won’t try to reach the clouds. None of the strong trees that drink that water will brag about being tall. Why? Because all of them have been appointed to die. They will all go down into the world below—to Sheol, the place of death. They will join the other people who died and went down into that deep hole.” 15The Lord my Master says these things, “I made the people cry on the day that tree went down to Sheol. I covered him with the deep ocean. I stopped its rivers and all the water stopped flowing. I made Lebanon mourn for it. All the trees of the field became sick with sadness for that big tree. 16I made the tree fall—and the nations shook with fear at the sound of the falling tree. I sent the tree down to the place of death, to join the other people that had gone down into that deep hole. In the past, all the trees of Eden, the best of Lebanon, drank that water. Those trees were comforted in the world below. 17Yes, those trees also went down with the big tree to the place of death. They joined the people that were killed in battle. That big tree made the other trees strong. Those trees had lived under the big tree’s shadow among the nations. 18“Egypt, there were many big and powerful trees in Eden. Which of those trees should I compare you to! They all went down into the world below! And you too will join those foreigners in that place of death. You will lie there among the people killed in battle. “Yes, that will happen to Pharaoh and to the crowds of people with him!” The Lord my Master said those things.

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