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O mortal, propound a riddle, and speak an allegory to the house of Israel. Say: Thus says the Lord God:

A great eagle, with great wings and long pinions,
    rich in plumage of many colors,
    came to the Lebanon.
He took the top of the cedar,
    broke off its topmost shoot;
he carried it to a land of trade,
    set it in a city of merchants.

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