Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

以西结书 31

香柏树的比喻

1第十一年三月一日,耶和华对我说: “人子啊,你要对埃及王法老和他的百姓说,

“‘谁能比你强大呢?
看啊,亚述曾是黎巴嫩的一棵香柏树,
枝繁叶茂,遮天蔽日,
高耸入云。
它在河流和深泉的滋润下茁壮成长,
溪流四围环绕它,
浇灌着林间的树木。
充足的水源使它高过田间所有的树木,
枝子长得又粗又长。
空中的飞鸟都在它的枝头上搭窝,
田间的野兽都在它的树荫下生产,
所有的大国都住在它的荫下。
它高大美丽,枝干修长,
因为树根深入水源,
连上帝园中的香柏树也不能与它相比。
松树不能与它的枝干相比,
枫树不能与它的枝条相比,
主耶和华园中的树木没有一棵能与它媲美。
我使它枝繁叶茂,美丽无比,
以致上帝伊甸园里的树木都羡慕它。’

10 “因此,主耶和华说,‘因为它树干高大,树梢高耸入云,心高气傲, 11 我要把它交在列国的首领手里,他必按照它的邪恶惩治它。我丢弃了它。 12 外族人,就是列邦中最残暴的人要把它砍倒,丢弃在那里,它折断的枝干散落在山间和河谷中。世上各族都离开它的荫下, 13 天上的飞禽要栖身在那折断的树干上,地上的走兽要躺卧在它的枝条中。 14 故此,水边的树木都不再傲然矗立,高耸入云,水源充足的大树也不再如此高大,因为它们都注定要与下坟墓的人一同死亡,落到阴间的深处。’

15 “主耶和华说,‘它下到阴间的那天,我要使哀声响起,使深渊闭塞,江河止息,洪水停滞。我要使黎巴嫩为它哀哭,田野的树木因它而枯萎。 16 我将它与下坟墓的人一同抛到阴间时,列国听见它坠落的响声,都恐惧战抖。伊甸园中的树木和黎巴嫩水源充足、上好的树木都在阴间得到安慰。 17 在它荫庇下做它爪牙的盟友都与它一同落到阴间,到被杀的人那里。

18 “‘伊甸园的树木中,谁能与你的威荣相比呢?然而你却要与伊甸园的树木一同下到阴间,躺卧在未受割礼的人当中,与被杀的人在一起。

“‘这就是法老和他百姓的结局。这是主耶和华说的。’”

New International Reader's Version

Ezekiel 31

1It was the 11th year since King Jehoiachin had been brought to Babylon as a prisoner. On the first day of the third month, a message from the Lord came to me. The Lord said, “Son of man, speak to Pharaoh Hophra, the king of Egypt. Also speak to his huge army. Tell him,

“ ‘Who can be compared with your majesty?
    Think about what happened to Assyria.
    Once it was like a cedar tree in Lebanon.
It had beautiful branches
    that provided shade for the forest.
It grew very high.
    Its top was above all the leaves.
The waters fed it.
    Deep springs made it grow tall.
Their streams flowed
    all around its base.
They made their way
    to all the trees in the fields.
So it grew higher
    than any other tree in the fields.
It grew more limbs.
    Its branches grew long.
    They spread because they had plenty of water.
All the birds in the sky
    made their nests in its limbs.
All the wild animals
    had their babies under its branches.
All the great nations
    lived in its shade.
Its spreading branches
    made it majestic and beautiful.
Its roots went down deep
    to where there was plenty of water.
The cedar trees in my garden
    were no match for it.
The juniper trees
    could not equal its limbs.
The plane trees
    could not compare with its branches.
No tree in my garden
    could match its beauty.
I gave it many branches.
    They made it beautiful.
All the trees in my Garden of Eden
    were jealous of it.’ ”

10 So the Lord and King says, “The great cedar tree grew very high. Its top was above all the leaves. It was proud of how tall it was. 11 So I handed it over to the Babylonian ruler of the nations. I wanted him to punish it because it was so evil. I decided to get rid of it. 12 The Babylonians cut it down and left it there. They did not show it any pity at all. Some of its branches fell on the mountains. Others fell in all the valleys. The branches lay broken in all the stream beds in the land. All the nations on earth came out from under its shade. And they went on their way. 13 All the birds settled on the fallen tree. All the wild animals lived among its branches. 14 So trees that receive plenty of water must never grow so high that it makes them proud. Their tops must never be above the rest of the leaves. No other trees that receive a lot of water must ever grow that high. They are appointed to die and go down into the earth below. They will join human beings, who go down to the place of the dead.”

15 The Lord and King says, “Assyria was like a cedar tree. But I brought it down to the place of the dead. On that day I dried up the deep springs of water and covered them. I held its streams back. I shut off its rich supply of water. Because of that, Lebanon was dressed in gloom as if it were clothes. All the trees in the fields dried up. 16 I brought the cedar tree down to the place of the dead. It joined the other nations that go down there. I made the nations on earth shake because of the sound of its fall. Then all the trees of Eden were comforted in the earth below. That included the finest and best trees in Lebanon. And it included all the trees that received plenty of water. 17 Others also went down along with the cedar tree into the place of the dead. They included those who had been killed by swords. They also included the armed men among the nations who lived in its shade.

18 “Which one of the trees of Eden can be compared with you? What tree is as glorious and majestic as you are? But you too will be brought down to the earth below. There you will join the trees of Eden. You will lie down with those who have not been circumcised. You will be among those who were killed by swords.

“That is what will happen to Pharaoh and his huge armies,” announces the Lord and King.