ImmerseProphets - Page 380


on the ground. Its branches are scattered across the mountains and valleys
and ravines of the land. All those who lived in its shadow have gone away
and left it lying there.
“The birds roost on its fallen trunk,
and the wild animals lie among its branches.
Let the tree of no other nation
proudly exult in its own prosperity,
though it be higher than the clouds
and it be watered from the depths.
For all are doomed to die,
to go down to the depths of the earth.
They will land in the pit
along with everyone else on earth.
“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: When As­syr­ia went down to
the grave, I made the deep springs mourn. I stopped its rivers and dried
up its abundant water. I clothed Leb­a­non in black and caused the trees of
the field to wilt. I made the nations shake with fear at the sound of its fall,
for I sent it down to the grave with all the others who descend to the pit.
And all the other proud trees of Eden, the most beautiful and the best of
Leb­a­non, the ones whose roots went deep into the water, took comfort to
find it there with them in the depths of the earth. Its allies, too, were all
destroyed and had passed away. They had gone down to the grave—all
those nations that had lived in its shade.
“O Egypt, to which of the trees of Eden will you compare your strength
and glory? You, too, will be brought down to the depths with all these
other nations. You will lie there among the outcasts who have died by the
sword. This will be the fate of Pha­raoh and all his hordes. I, the Sovereign
Lord, have spoken!”
On March 3, during the twelfth year of King Je­hoi­a­chin’s captivity, this
message came to me from the Lord: “Son of man, mourn for Pha­raoh,
king of Egypt, and give him this message:
“You think of yourself as a strong young lion among the nations,
but you are really just a sea monster,
heaving around in your own rivers,
stirring up mud with your feet.
Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
I will send many people
to catch you in my net
and haul you out of the water.

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