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Ezekiel 31

Egyptens stolthed og indbildskhed

1På den første dag i den tredje måned i det 11. år af vores eksil sagde Herren til mig: 2-3 „Du menneske, giv egypterkongen og hele hans folk følgende budskab:

Hvem skal jeg sammenligne dig med? Med Assyrien?
    Det land var engang som et af Libanons majestætiske cedertræer
med smukke grene og skyggefuld krone.
    Det ragede højt op, helt til skyerne.
Vandet fra jordens dyb gav det vækst,
    og små floder strømmede tæt forbi det,
        før de fortsatte til skovens andre træer.
Cedertræet knejsede over alle de andre træer,
    og det fik mange og lange grene,
        fordi det havde rigeligt med vand.
Fugle byggede rede i dets grene,
    de vilde dyr ynglede i dets skygge.
        Alle verdens folkeslag levede i skyggen af dets storhed.
Det var et stærkt og smukt træ,
    hvis rødder nåede ned til grundvandet.
Ingen andre træer i Edens have kunne måle sig med det,
    hverken cedre, fyr eller platantræer.
Jeg gjorde det cedertræ så smukt,
    at alle træer i Guds have misundte det.

10 Herren siger om Assyrien: Fordi din stamme blev høj og din krone strakte sig op mellem skyerne, blev du stolt og indbildsk. 11 Derfor udleverede jeg dig til en mægtig nation, der kunne straffe dig for din gudløshed og ondskab. Jeg forkastede dig. 12 Et grusomt folk fældede dig og lod dig ligge på bjergsiden. Dit løv faldt ned i dalene, og dine grene lå knækkede ved alle landets vandløb. Alle de folkeslag, som havde søgt ly under din skygge, forlod dig. 13 Fuglene slog sig ned på din faldne stamme, og de vilde dyr lagde sig oven på dine splintrede grene. 14 Ingen træer har lov at få så høje stammer, at de når til skyerne, uanset hvor dybt ned deres rødder når, og hvor meget vand de får. Ingen skal sætte lid til deres egen styrke og storhed. Alle skal forgå og ende i dødsriget. Selv de stærkeste ender i graven.

15 Gud Herren siger: Den dag du endte i dødsriget, holdt jeg vandstrømmene tilbage. Jeg klædte Libanon i sørgedragt, og alle landets træer hang med bladene. 16 Ved braget fra dit fald skælvede folkeslagene af skræk, for jeg styrtede dig i graven til dem, der gik forud for dig. Dernede fandt de andre stolte træer fra Guds have trøst, for du delte skæbne med dem, alle disse engang så ranke cedre, hvis rødder nåede ned til grundvandet. 17 Dine forbundsfæller, som sad i din skygge, endte samme sted, for de blev hugget ned af fjendens sværd og fulgte dig i dødsriget. De sluttede sig til dem, der tidligere var blevet fældet.

18 Egypten, du er større og prægtigere end alle andre træer i Guds have, men du skal alligevel ende i graven som Assyrien og de andre. Du kommer til at ligge side om side med de folkeslag, du foragtede og besejrede i krig. Det er egypterkongens og hans folks skæbne, siger Gud Herren.”

King James Version

Ezekiel 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 the Lord came unto me, saying,

Son of man, speak unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, and to his multitude; Whom art thou like in thy greatness?

Behold, the Assyrian was a cedar in Lebanon with fair branches, and with a shadowing shroud, and of an high stature; and his top was among the thick boughs.

The waters made him great, the deep set him up on high with her rivers running round about his plants, and sent her little rivers unto all the trees of the field.

Therefore his height was exalted above all the trees of the field, and his boughs were multiplied, and his branches became long because of the multitude of waters, when he shot forth.

All the fowls of heaven made their nests in his boughs, and under his branches did all the beasts of the field bring forth their young, and under his shadow dwelt all great nations.

Thus was he fair in his greatness, in the length of his branches: for his root was by great waters.

The cedars in the garden of God could not hide him: the fir trees were not like his boughs, and the chestnut trees were not like his branches; nor any tree in the garden of God was like unto him in his beauty.

I have made him fair by the multitude of his branches: so that all the trees of Eden, that were in the garden of God, envied him.

10 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because thou hast lifted up thyself in height, and he hath shot up his top among the thick boughs, and his heart is lifted up in his height;

11 I have therefore delivered him into the hand of the mighty one of the heathen; he shall surely deal with him: I have driven him out for his wickedness.

12 And 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 rivers of the land; and all the people of the earth are gone down from his shadow, and have left him.

13 Upon his ruin shall all the fowls of the heaven remain, and all the beasts of the field shall be upon his branches:

14 To the end that none of all the trees by the waters exalt themselves for their height, neither shoot up their top among the thick boughs, neither their trees stand up in their height, 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 pit.

15 Thus saith the Lord God; In the day when he went down to the grave I caused a mourning: I covered the deep for him, and I restrained the floods 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.

16 I made the nations to shake at the sound of his fall, when I cast him down to hell with them that descend into the pit: and all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon, all that drink water, shall be comforted in the nether parts of the earth.

17 They also went down into hell with him unto them that be slain with the sword; and they that were his arm, that dwelt under his shadow in the midst of the heathen.

18 To 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 be slain by the sword. This is Pharaoh and all his multitude, saith the Lord God.