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Ezekiel 31:15-17 New English Translation (NET Bible)

15 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: On the day it[a] went down to Sheol I caused observers to lament.[b] I covered it with the deep and held back its rivers; its plentiful water was restrained. I clothed Lebanon in black 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 threw it down to Sheol, along with those who descend to the Pit.[c] Then all the trees of Eden, the choicest and the best of Lebanon, all that were well-watered, were comforted in the earth below. 17 Those who lived in its shade, its allies[d] among the nations, also went down with it to Sheol, to those killed by the sword.


  1. Ezekiel 31:15 tn Or “he.”
  2. Ezekiel 31:15 tn Heb “I caused lamentation.” D. I. Block (Ezekiel [NICOT], 2:194-95) proposes an alternative root that would give the meaning: “I gated back the waters,” i.e., shut off the water supply.
  3. Ezekiel 31:16 sn For the expression “going down to the Pit,” see Ezek 26:20 and 32:18, 24, 29.
  4. Ezekiel 31:17 tn Heb “its arm.”
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