Ezekiel 31:7
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New International Version
It was majestic in beauty, with its spreading boughs, for its roots went down to abundant waters.

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

Darby Bible Translation
Thus was he fair in his greatness, in the length of his branches: because his root was by great waters.

World English Bible
Thus was it beautiful in its greatness, in the length of its branches; for its root was by many waters.

Young's Literal Translation
And he is fair in his greatness, In the length of his thin shoots, For his root hath been by great waters.

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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.

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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

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Ezekiel 31:6
All the birds of the sky nested in its boughs, all the animals of the wild gave birth under its branches; all the great nations lived in its shade.

Ezekiel 31:8
The cedars in the garden of God could not rival it, nor could the junipers equal its boughs, nor could the plane trees compare with its branches-- no tree in the garden of God could match its beauty.

Daniel 4:12
Its leaves were beautiful, its fruit abundant, and on it was food for all. Under it the wild animals found shelter, and the birds lived in its branches; from it every creature was fed.

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