15 Let death take them by surprise;(A)
let them go down to Sheol alive,
because evil is in their homes and within them.(B)

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20 then I will bring you down to be with those who descend to the Pit,(A) to the people of antiquity. I will make you dwell in the underworld[a] like[b] the ancient ruins, with those who descend to the Pit, so that you will no longer be inhabited or display your splendor[c] in the land of the living.(B)

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Footnotes

  1. 26:20 Lit the lower parts of the earth
  2. 26:20 Some Hb mss, LXX; other Hb mss, Syr read in
  3. 26:20 LXX reads or appear

14 This happened so that no trees planted beside water would become great in height and set their tops among the clouds, and so that no other well-watered trees would reach them in height. For they have all been consigned to death, to the underworld, among the people[a] who descend to the Pit.(A)

15 “‘This is what the Lord God says: I caused grieving on the day the cedar went down to Sheol.(B) I closed off the underground deep because of it:[b] I held back the rivers of the deep, and its abundant water was restrained. I made Lebanon mourn on account of it, and all the trees of the field fainted because of it. 16 I made the nations quake at the sound of its downfall, when I threw it down to Sheol to be with those who descend to the Pit. Then all the trees of Eden,(C) the choice and best of Lebanon, all the well-watered trees, were comforted(D) in the underworld. 17 They too descended with it to Sheol, to those slain by the sword. As its allies[c][d] they had lived in its shade among the nations.

18 “‘Who then are you like in glory and greatness among Eden’s trees? You also will be brought down to the underworld to be with the trees of Eden. You will lie among the uncircumcised with those slain by the sword.(E) This is Pharaoh and all his hordes. This is the declaration of the Lord God.’”

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Footnotes

  1. 31:14 Or the descendants of Adam
  2. 31:15 Or I covered it with the underground deep
  3. 31:17 LXX, Syr read offspring
  4. 31:17 Lit arm

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