(A)For before the harvest, when the blossom is over,
    and the flower becomes a ripening grape,
he cuts off the shoots with pruning hooks,
    and the spreading branches he lops off and clears away.

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    Behold, (A)Assyria was a (B)cedar in (C)Lebanon,
with beautiful branches and (D)forest shade,
    (E)and of towering height,
    its top among the clouds.[a]

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Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 31:3 Or its top went through the thick boughs

12 (A)Foreigners, (B)the most ruthless of nations, have cut it down and left it. (C)On the mountains and in all the valleys its branches have fallen, and its boughs have been broken in all (D)the ravines of the land, and (E)all the peoples of the earth have gone away from its shadow and left it. 13 (F)On its fallen trunk dwell all the birds of the heavens, and on its branches are all the beasts of the field.

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