Ezekiel 31:5
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New International Version
So it towered higher than all the trees of the field; its boughs increased and its branches grew long, spreading because of abundant waters.

King James Bible
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.

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

World English Bible
Therefore its stature was exalted above all the trees of the field; and its boughs were multiplied, and its branches became long by reason of many waters, when it shot [them] forth.

Young's Literal Translation
Therefore higher hath been his stature than all trees of the field, And multiplied are his boughs, and long are his branches, Because of many waters in his shooting forth,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The waters made him great - Alluding to the fertility of Egypt by the overflowing of the Nile. But waters often mean peoples. By means of the different nations under the Egyptians, that government became very opulent. These nations are represented as fowls and beasts, taking shelter under the protection of this great political Egyptian tree, Ezekiel 31:6.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

his height The Assyrian king, to whom Pharaoh is compared, from his great power, extensive dominion, and the protection that he offered, resembled the spreading branches, thick shade, and high stature of a flourishing cedar on mount Lebanon. The fruitful lands of Assyria; the immense revenues he drew from vast multitudes in his extensive territories; his lucrative commerce, by the river Tigris, with the countries on the Indian ocean; and all the various sources of his wealth and prosperity, resembled the rivers and streams which cause the trees planted by them to grow and flourish exceedingly; and hence the empire and its head were exalted above all the kingdoms of the earth.

Psalm 37:35,36 I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree...

Isaiah 10:8-14 For he said, Are not my princes altogether kings...

Isaiah 36:4,18,19 And Rabshakeh said to them, Say you now to Hezekiah, Thus said the great king, the king of Assyria...

Isaiah 37:11-13 Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands by destroying them utterly; and shall you be delivered...

Daniel 4:11 The tree grew, and was strong, and the height thereof reached to heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth:

he shot forth. or, it sent them forth

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Ezekiel
To a modern taste, Ezekiel does not appeal anything like so powerfully as Isaiah or Jeremiah. He has neither the majesty of the one nor the tenderness and passion of the other. There is much in him that is fantastic, and much that is ritualistic. His imaginations border sometimes on the grotesque and sometimes on the mechanical. Yet he is a historical figure of the first importance; it was very largely from him that Judaism received the ecclesiastical impulse by which for centuries it was powerfully
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Psalm 1:3
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither-- whatever they do prospers.

Ezekiel 17:5
"'He took one of the seedlings of the land and put it in fertile soil. He planted it like a willow by abundant water,

Ezekiel 31:3
Consider Assyria, once a cedar in Lebanon, with beautiful branches overshadowing the forest; it towered on high, its top above the thick foliage.

Daniel 4:11
The tree grew large and strong and its top touched the sky; it was visible to the ends of the earth.

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