31 1And it came to pass in the eleventh year, in the third
month, in the first day of the month, that the word of
Jehovah came unto me, saying,
2Son of man, say unto Pharaoh king of
Egypt, and to his multitude: Whom art thou like in thy greatness?
3Behold, the Assyrian was a cedar in Lebanon with fair branches, and with
a forest-like shade, and of high stature; and its top was among the thick
4The waters nourished it, the deep made it to grow: the rivers
thereof ran round about its plantation; and it sent out its channels unto all
the trees of the field.
5Therefore its stature was exalted above all the
trees of the field; and its boughs were multiplied, and its branches became
long by reason of many waters, when it shot them forth.
birds of the heavens made their nests in its boughs; and under its branches
did all the beasts of the field bring forth their young; and under its shadow
dwelt all great nations.
7Thus was it fair in its greatness, in the
length of its branches; for its root was by many waters.
8The cedars in
the garden of God could not hide it; the fir-trees were not like its boughs,
and the plane-trees were not as its branches; nor was any tree in the garden
of God like unto it in its beauty.
9I made it fair by the multitude of
its branches, so that all the trees of Eden, that were in the garden of God,
10Therefore thus said the Lord Jehovah: Because thou art
exalted in stature, and he hath set his top among the thick boughs, and his
heart is lifted up in his height;
11I will even deliver him into the hand
of the mighty one of the nations; he shall surely deal with him; I have
driven him out for his wickedness.
12And strangers, the terrible of the
nations, have cut him off, and have left him: upon the mountains and in all
the valleys his branches are fallen, and his boughs are broken by all the
watercourses of the land; and all the peoples of the earth are gone down from
his shadow, and have left him.
13Upon his ruin all the birds of the
heavens shall dwell, and all the beasts of the field shall be upon his
14to the end that none of all the trees by the waters exalt
themselves in their stature, neither set their top among the thick boughs,
nor that their mighty ones stand up on their height, even all that
drink water: for they are all delivered unto death, to the nether parts of
the earth, in the midst of the children of men, with them that go down to the
15Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: In the day when he went down to Sheol
I caused a mourning: I covered the deep for him, and I restrained the rivers
thereof; and the great waters were stayed; and I caused Lebanon to mourn for
him, and all the trees of the field fainted for him.
16I made the nations
to shake at the sound of his fall, when I cast him down to Sheol with them
that descend into the pit; and all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of
Lebanon, all that drink water, were comforted in the nether parts of the
17They also went down into Sheol with him unto them that are slain
by the sword; yea, they that were his arm, that dwelt under his
shadow in the midst of the nations.
18To whom art thou 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 uncircumcised, with them that are slain by the sword. This is
Pharaoh and all his multitude, saith the Lord Jehovah.