1 And it came to pass in the eleventh year, in the third month, on the first day of the
month, that the Word of Jehovah came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, say to Pharaoh king of Egypt and to his multitude: Whom are you like in
3 Behold, Assyria was like a cedar in Lebanon, with fine branches that shaded the forest,
and of high stature; and its top was among the thick boughs.
4 The waters made it grow; the depths gave it height, with their rivers running around
the place where it was planted, and sent out rivulets to all the trees of the field.
5 Therefore its height was exalted above all the trees of the field; its boughs were
multiplied, and its branches became long because of the abundance of water, as it sent
6 All the birds of the heavens made their nests in its boughs; under its branches all the
beasts of the field brought forth their young; and in its shadow all great nations made
7 Thus it was beautiful in greatness and in the length of its branches, because its roots
reached to abundant waters.
8 The cedars in the garden of God could not hide it; the fir trees were not like its boughs,
and the chestnut trees were not like its branches; no tree in the garden of God was like it
9 I made it beautiful with a multitude of branches, so that all the trees of Eden, that were
in the garden of God, envied it.
10 Therefore thus says the Lord Jehovah: Because you have increased in height, and it
set its top among the thick boughs, and its heart was lifted up in its height,
11 therefore I have delivered it into the hand of the Mighty God of the nations, and He shall surely deal with it; I have driven it out for its wickedness.
12 And strangers, the most terrifying of the nations, have cut it down and left it; its
branches have fallen on the mountains and in all the valleys; its boughs lie broken by all
the ravines of the land; and all the peoples of the earth have gone from under its shadow
and left it.
13 On its ruin will dwell all the birds of the heavens, and all the beasts of the field shall
be on its branches;
14 so that no trees by the waters may ever again exalt themselves for their height, nor set
their tops among the thick boughs, that no tree which drinks water may ever be high
enough to reach up to them. For they have all been delivered to death, to the lower parts
of the earth, among the sons of men who go down to the Pit.
15 Thus says the Lord Jehovah: In the day when it went down to Sheol, I caused
mourning. I covered the deep for it. I restrained its rivers, and the great waters were held
back. I caused Lebanon to mourn for it, and all the trees of the field wilted because of it.
16 I made the nations shake at the sound of its fall, when I cast it down to Sheol together
with those who descend into the Pit; and all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of
Lebanon, all that drink water, were comforted in the depths of the earth.
17 They also went down to Sheol with it, with those slain by the sword; and those who
were its arm, who dwelt in its shadows among the nations.
18 To which of the trees in Eden will you then be likened in glory and greatness? Yet
you shall be brought down with the trees of Eden to the depths of the earth; you shall lie
in the midst of the uncircumcised, with those slain by the sword. This is Pharaoh and all
his multitude, declares the Lord Jehovah.