17 The parable of the two Eagles.

And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

Son of man, put forth a parable and speak a proverb unto the house of Israel,

And say, Thus saith the Lord God, The great [a]eagle with great wings and long wings, and full of feathers, which had diverse colors, came unto Lebanon, and took the highest branch of the cedar,

And brake off the top of his twig, and carried it into the land of [b]merchants, and set it in a city of merchants.

He took also of the [c]seed of the land, and planted it in a fruitful ground: he placed it by great waters, and set it as a willow tree.

And it budded up, and was like [d]a spreading vine of [e]low stature, whose branches turned toward it, and the roots thereof were under it: so it became a vine, and it brought forth branches, and shot forth buds.

There was also [f]another great Eagle with great wings and many feathers, and behold, this vine did turn her roots toward it, and spread forth her branches toward it, that she might water it by the trenches of her plantation.

It was planted in a good soil by great [g]waters, that it should bring forth branches, and bear fruit, and be an excellent vine.

Say thou, Thus saith the Lord God, Shall it prosper? shall [h]he not pull up the roots thereof, and destroy the fruit thereof, and cause them to dry? all the leaves of her bud shall wither without great power, or many people, to pluck it up by the roots thereof.

10 Behold, it was planted: but shall it prosper? shall it not be dried up, and wither? [i]when the East wind shall touch it, it shall wither in the trenches, where it grew.

11 Moreover, the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

12 Say now to this rebellious house, Know ye not what these things mean? tell them, behold, the king of Babel is come to Jerusalem, and hath taken [j]the king thereof and the princes thereof, and led them with him to Babel,

13 And hath taken one of the King’s seed, and made a covenant with him, and hath taken [k]an oath of him: he hath also taken the princes of the land,

14 That the kingdom might be in subjection, and not lift itself up, but keep their covenant, and stand to it.

15 But he rebelled against him, and sent his ambassadors into Egypt, that they might give him horses, and much people: shall he prosper? shall he escape that doeth such things? or shall he break the covenant, and be delivered?

16 As I live, saith the Lord God, he shall die in the midst of Babel, in the place of the king that had made him king, whose oath he despised, and whose covenant made with him, he brake.

17 Neither shall Pharaoh with his mighty host, and great multitude of people, maintain him in the war, when they have cast up mounts, and built ramparts to destroy many persons.

18 For he hath despised the oath, and broken the covenant (yet lo, he had given [l]his hand) because he hath done all these things, he shall not escape.

19 Therefore, thus saith the Lord God, As I live, I will surely bring mine oath that he hath despised, and my covenant that he hath broken, upon his own head.

20 (A)And I will spread my net upon him, and he shall be taken in my net, and I will bring him to Babel, and will enter into judgment with him there for his trespass that he hath committed against me.

21 And all that flee from him with all his host, shall fall by the sword, and they that remain shall be scattered toward all the winds: and ye shall know that I the Lord have spoken it.

22 Thus saith the Lord God, I will also take off the top[m]of this high cedar, and will set it, and cut off the [n]top of the tender plant thereof, and I will plant it upon an high mountain and great.

23 Even in the high mountain of Israel will I plant it: and it shall bring forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be an excellent cedar, and under it shall remain all birds, and every [o]fowl shall dwell in the shadow of the branches thereof.

24 And all the [p]trees of the field shall know that I the Lord have brought down the high tree, and exalted the low tree: that I have dried up the green tree, and made the dry tree to flourish: I the Lord have spoken it, and have done it.

Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 17:3 That is, Nebuchadnezzar, who hath great power, riches, and many countries under him, shall come to Jerusalem, and take away Jeconiah the King, as verse 12.
  2. Ezekiel 17:4 Meaning, to Babylon.
  3. Ezekiel 17:5 That is, Zedekiah, who was of the King’s blood and was left at Jerusalem, and made King instead of Jeconiah, 2 Kings 24:17; Jer. 37:1.
  4. Ezekiel 17:6 This was Zedekiah’s kingdom.
  5. Ezekiel 17:6 That is, might not have power to rebel against Babylon, as verse 14.
  6. Ezekiel 17:7 Meaning, the king of Egypt, of whom Zedekiah sought succor against Nebuchadnezzar.
  7. Ezekiel 17:8 They thought to be moistened by the waters of Nilus.
  8. Ezekiel 17:9 Shall not Nebuchadnezzar destroy it?
  9. Ezekiel 17:10 By this dry wind he meaneth the Babylonians.
  10. Ezekiel 17:12 That is, Jeconiah, 2 Kings 24:15.
  11. Ezekiel 17:13 For his subjection and obedience.
  12. Ezekiel 17:18 Because he took the Name of God in vain, and brake his oath which he had confirmed by giving his hand: therefore the Prophet declareth that God would not suffer such perjury and infidelity to escape punishment.
  13. Ezekiel 17:22 This promise is made to the Church which shall be as a small remnant, and as the top of a tree.
  14. Ezekiel 17:22 I will trim it, and dress it.
  15. Ezekiel 17:23 Both the Jews and Gentiles shall be gathered into it.
  16. Ezekiel 17:24 All the world shall know that I have plucked down the proud enemies, and set up my Church which was low and contemned.

Two Eagles and a Vine

17 The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, set forth an allegory and tell it to the Israelites as a parable.(A) Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: A great eagle(B) with powerful wings, long feathers and full plumage of varied colors came to Lebanon.(C) Taking hold of the top of a cedar, he broke off(D) its topmost shoot and carried it away to a land of merchants, where he planted it in a city of traders.

“‘He took one of the seedlings of the land and put it in fertile soil. He planted it like a willow by abundant water,(E) and it sprouted and became a low, spreading vine. Its branches(F) turned toward him, but its roots remained under it. So it became a vine and produced branches and put out leafy boughs.(G)

“‘But there was another great eagle with powerful wings and full plumage. The vine now sent out its roots toward him from the plot where it was planted and stretched out its branches to him for water.(H) It had been planted in good soil by abundant water so that it would produce branches,(I) bear fruit and become a splendid vine.’

“Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Will it thrive? Will it not be uprooted and stripped of its fruit so that it withers? All its new growth will wither. It will not take a strong arm or many people to pull it up by the roots.(J) 10 It has been planted,(K) but will it thrive? Will it not wither completely when the east wind strikes it—wither away in the plot where it grew?(L)’”

11 Then the word of the Lord came to me: 12 “Say to this rebellious people, ‘Do you not know what these things mean?(M)’ Say to them: ‘The king of Babylon went to Jerusalem and carried off her king and her nobles,(N) bringing them back with him to Babylon.(O) 13 Then he took a member of the royal family and made a treaty(P) with him, putting him under oath.(Q) He also carried away the leading men(R) of the land, 14 so that the kingdom would be brought low,(S) unable to rise again, surviving only by keeping his treaty. 15 But the king rebelled(T) against him by sending his envoys to Egypt(U) to get horses and a large army.(V) Will he succeed? Will he who does such things escape? Will he break the treaty and yet escape?(W)

16 “‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, he shall die(X) in Babylon, in the land of the king who put him on the throne, whose oath he despised and whose treaty he broke.(Y) 17 Pharaoh(Z) with his mighty army and great horde will be of no help to him in war, when ramps(AA) are built and siege works erected to destroy many lives.(AB) 18 He despised the oath by breaking the covenant. Because he had given his hand in pledge(AC) and yet did all these things, he shall not escape.

19 “‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: As surely as I live, I will repay him for despising my oath and breaking my covenant.(AD) 20 I will spread my net(AE) for him, and he will be caught in my snare. I will bring him to Babylon and execute judgment(AF) on him there because he was unfaithful(AG) to me. 21 All his choice troops will fall by the sword,(AH) and the survivors(AI) will be scattered to the winds.(AJ) Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken.(AK)

22 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will take a shoot(AL) from the very top of a cedar and plant it; I will break off a tender sprig from its topmost shoots and plant it on a high and lofty mountain.(AM) 23 On the mountain heights(AN) of Israel I will plant it; it will produce branches and bear fruit(AO) and become a splendid cedar. Birds of every kind will nest in it; they will find shelter in the shade of its branches.(AP) 24 All the trees of the forest(AQ) will know that I the Lord bring down(AR) the tall tree and make the low tree grow tall. I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish.(AS)

“‘I the Lord have spoken, and I will do it.(AT)’”

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