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13 In your heart you said:
    “I will scale the heavens;
Above the stars of God[a]
    I will set up my throne;
I will take my seat on the Mount of Assembly,
    on the heights of Zaphon.(A)
14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;
    I will be like the Most High!”(B)
15 No! Down to Sheol you will be brought
    to the depths of the pit!(C)

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Footnotes

  1. 14:13–15 God: not Elohim, the common word for God, but El, the name of the head of the pantheon in Canaanite mythology, a god who was early identified with the Lord in Israelite thought. Mount of Assembly: mountain where the council of the gods met, according to Canaanite mythology. Zaphon: the sacred mountain of Baal, originally the Jebel el-Aqra north of Ugarit, but other mountains have been identified with it, including Mount Zion in Jerusalem (Ps 48:3). The attempt to usurp the place of God (v. 14), coupled with the dramatic reversal (“above the stars of God” to “the depths of the pit”) occasioned the interpretation that saw here the rebellion and fall of Satan.

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