Ezekiel 31* The glory of Assyria. (1-9) Its fall, and the like for Egypt.(10-18)1-9 The falls of others, both into sin and ruin, warn us not tobe secure or high-minded. The prophet is to show an instance ofone whom the king of Egypt resembled in greatness, the Assyrian,compared to a stately cedar. Those who excel others, makethemselves the objects of envy; but the blessings of theheavenly paradise are not liable to such alloy. The utmostsecurity that any creature can give, is but like the shadow of atree, a scanty and slender protection. But let us flee to Godfor protection, there we shall be safe. His hand must be ownedin the rising of the great men of the earth, and we must notenvy them. Though worldly people may seem to have firmprosperity, yet it only seems so. 10-18 The king of Egypt resembled the king of Assyria in hisgreatness: here we see he resembles him in his pride. And heshall resemble him in his fall. His own sin brings his ruin.None of our comforts are ever lost, but what have been athousand times forfeited. When great men fall, many fall withthem, as many have fallen before them. The fall of proud men isfor warning to others, to keep them humble. See how low Pharaohlies; and see what all his pomp and pride are come to. It isbest to be a lowly tree of righteousness, yielding fruit to theglory of God, and to the good of men. The wicked man is oftenseen flourishing like the cedar, and spreading like the greenbay tree, but he soon passes away, and his place is no morefound. Let us then mark the perfect man, and behold the upright,for the end of that man is peace.
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