3 Assyria was a cedar in Lebanon With beautiful branches and shady thickets, Of lofty stature, With its top among leafy trees.
hi-NAY a-SHUR E-rez ba-l’-va-NON y’-FAY a-NAF v’-KHO-resh may-TZAL ug-VAH ko-MAH u-VAYN a-vo-TEEM ha-y’-TAH tza-mar-TO
ג הִנֵּה אַשּׁוּר אֶרֶז בַּלְּבָנוֹן יְפֵה עָנָף וְחֹרֶשׁ מֵצַל וּגְבַהּ קוֹמָה וּבֵין עֲבֹתִים הָיְתָה צַמַּרְתּוֹ׃
31:3 Assyria was a cedar in Lebanon
For people who refused to believe that Egypt could be defeated after centuries of hegemony, Yechezkel points to Assyria. The mighty Assyrians had ruled for centuries, secure in their dominant position as a world power, like a solid and strong cedar tree. Yet they were ultimately chopped down and quickly fell. The cedar trees from Lebanon are remarkably thick and tall trees, reaching up to ninety feet in height and having a girth of over thirty feet. Because of its quality and resistance to decay and worms, cedar wood was a highly valued construction material. Indeed, King Shlomo imported cedars from Lebanon to use in the construction of his own palace, as well the Beit Hamikdash.