Parable of Two Eagles and a Vine
1 Now the word° of the LORD° came° to me saying°, 2 “Son° of man°, propound° a riddle° and speak° a aparable° to the house° of Israel°, 3 Isaying°, ‘Thus° says° the Lord° IIGOD°, “A great° aeagle° with bgreat° wings°, long° pinions° and a full° plumage° of many° colors° came° to cLebanon° and took° away the top° of the cedar°. 4 He plucked° off° the topmost° of its young° twigs° and brought° it to a land° of merchants°; he set° it in a city° of traders°. 5 He also took° some° of the seed° of the land° and planted° it in Iafertile° soil°. He IIplaced° [it] beside° abundant° waters°; he set° it [like] a bwillow°. 6 Then it sprouted° and became° a low°, spreading° vine° with its branches° turned° toward° him, but its roots° remained° under° it. So it became° a vine° and yielded° shoots° and sent° out branches°.
 aEzk 20:49; 24:3
 ILit and you shall say IIHeb YHWH, usually rendered LORD, and so throughout the ch aJr 48:40; Ezk 17:12; Ho 8:1 bDn 4:22 cJr 22:23
 ILit a field of seed IILit took aDt 8:7-9 bIs 44:4
7 ¶ “But there was Ianother° great° eagle° with great° wings° and much° plumage°; and behold°, this° vine° bent° its roots° toward° him and sent° out its branches° toward him from the beds° where° it was aplanted°, that he might water° it. 8 It was planted° in good° Isoil° beside° abundant° waters°, that it might yield° branches° and bear° fruit° [and] become° a splendid° vine°.”’ 9 Say°, ‘Thus° says° the Lord° GOD°, “Will it thrive°? Will he not pull° up its roots° and cut° off° its fruit°, so that it withers°so that all° its sprouting° leaves° wither°? And neither° by great° Istrength° nor° by many° people° can it be raised° from its roots° [again]. 10 Behold°, though it is planted°, will it thrive°? Will it not acompletely° wither° as soon as the east° wind° strikes° itwither° on the beds° where° it grew°?”’”
 ISo with several ancient versions; M.T. one aEzk 31:4
 ILit field
 ILit arm
 aEzk 19:14; Ho 13:15
11 ¶ Moreover, the word° of the LORD° came° to me, saying°, 12 “Say° now° to the arebellious° house°, ‘Do you not bknow° what° these° things° [mean]?’ Say°, ‘Behold°, the cking° of Babylon° came° to Jerusalem°, took° its king° and princes° and brought° them to him in Babylon°. 13 He took° one of the royal° Iafamily° and made° a covenant° with him, IIputting° him under boath°. He also took° away the cmighty° of the land°, 14 that the kingdom° might abe Iin subjection°, not exalting° itself, [but] keeping° his covenant° that it might continue°. 15 But he arebelled° against him by sending° his envoys° to Egypt° that they might give° him horses° and many° Itroops°. Will he succeed°? Will he who does° such° things° bescape°? Can he indeed break° the covenant° and escape°? 16 As I live°,’ declares° the Lord° GOD°, ‘Surely°° in the Icountry° of the king° who IIput° him on the throne°, whose° oath° he adespised° and whose° covenant° he broke°, IIIbin Babylon° he shall die°. 17 aPharaoh° with [his] mighty° army° and great° company° will not Ihelp° him in the war°, when they cast° up ramps° and build° siege° walls° to cut° off° many° lives°. 18 Now he despised° the oath° by breaking° the covenant°, and behold°, he Iapledged° his allegiance°, yet did° all° these° things°; he shall not escape°.’” 19 Therefore°, thus° says° the Lord° GOD°, “As I live°, surely°° My oath° which° he despised° and My covenant° which° he broke°, I will Iinflict° on his head°. 20 I will spread° My anet° over° him, and he will be bcaught° in My snare°. Then I will bring° him to Babylon° and center° into judgment° with him there° [regarding] the unfaithful° act° which° he has committed° against Me. 21 All° the Iachoice° men° in all° his troops° will fall° by the sword°, and the survivors° will be scattered° to every° wind°; and you will know° that I, the LORD°, have spoken°.”
 aEzk 2:3-5 bEzk 12:9-11; 24:19 c2K 24:11, 12, 15; Ezk 1:2; 17:3
 ILit seed IILit and caused him to enter into an oath a2K 24:17; Ezk 17:5 b2Ch 36:13 c2K 24:15, 16
 ILit low aEzk 29:14
 ILit people a2K 24:20; 2Ch 36:13; Jr 52:3; Ezk 17:7 bJr 34:3; 38:18, 23; Ezk 17:18
 ILit place IILit made him king IIILit with him in Babylon a2K 24:17, 20; Ezk 16:59; 17:13, 18, 19 bJr 52:11; Ezk 12:13
 ILit act with aIs 36:6; Jr 37:5, 7; Ezk 29:6, 7
 ILit gave his hand a1Ch 29:24
 ILit give it
 aEzk 12:13; 32:3 bJr 39:5-7 cJr 2:35; Ezk 20:35, 36
 ISo many ancient mss and versions; M.T. fugitives a2K 25:5, 11; Ezk 5:2, 10, 12-14
22 ¶ Thus° says° the Lord° GOD°, “I will also take° [a sprig] from the lofty° top° of the cedar° and set° [it] out; I will pluck° from the topmost° of its young° twigs° a tender° one° and I will plant° [it] on a ahigh° and lofty° mountain°. 23 On the high° mountain° of Israel° I will plant° it, that it may bring° forth° boughs° and bear° fruit° and become° a stately° acedar°. And birds° of every° Ikind° will IInest° under° it; they will IInest° in the shade° of its branches°. 24 All° the atrees° of the field° will know° that I am the LORD°; I bring° down° the high° tree°, exalt° the low° tree°, dry° up the green° tree° and make the dry° tree° bflourish°. I am the LORD°; I have spoken°, and I will perform° [it].”
 aPs 72:16; Ezk 20:40; 37:22
 ILit wing IILit dwell aPs 92:12
 aPs 96:12; Is 55:12 bAm 9:11
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Under the parable of two eagles and a vine,
1 ¶ And the wordº of the LORDº came² unto² me, saying,ºª 2 Sonº of man,º put forthºª a riddle,º and speakºª a parableº unto² the houseº of Israel;º 3 And say,ºª Thus² saithºª the Lordº GOD;º A greatº eagleº with greatº wings,º longwinged,ºº fullº of feathers,º which² had divers colours,º cameºª unto² Lebanon,º and tookºª² the highest branchº of the cedar:º 4 He cropped offºª² the topº of his young twigs,º and carriedºª it into² a landº of traffick;º he setºª it in a cityº of merchants.ºª 5 He tookºª also of the seedº² of the land,º and plantedºª it in a fruitfulº field;º he placedºª [it] by² greatº waters,º [and] setºª it [as] a willow tree.º 6 And it grew,ºª and became² a spreadingºª vineº of lowº stature,º whose branchesº turnedºª toward² him, and the rootsº thereof were² under² him: so it became² a vine,º and brought forthºª branches,º and shot¹ª forth² sprigs.º 7 There was² also anotherº greatº eagleº with greatº wingsº and manyº feathers:º and, behold,² this² vineº did bendºª her rootsº toward him, and shot forthºª her branchesº toward² him, that he might waterºª it by the furrowsº² of her plantation.º 8 It² was plantedºª in² a goodº soilº by² greatº waters,º that it might bring forthºª branches,º and that it might bearºª fruit,º that it might be² a goodlyº vine.º 9 Sayºª thou, Thus² saithºª the Lordº GOD;º Shall it prosper?ºª shall he not² pull upºª² the rootsº thereof, and cut offºª the fruitº thereof, that it wither?ºª it shall witherºª in all² the leaves¹² of her spring,º even without² greatº powerº or manyº peopleº to pluck it upºª² by the rootsº² thereof. 10 Yea, behold,² [being] planted,ºª shall it prosper?ºª shall it not² utterly¹ª wither,ºª when the eastº windº touchethºª it? it shall witherºª in² the furrowsº where it grew.º
 Jg 9:8; 14:12; 2S 12:1; Ezk 20:49; Ho 12:10; Mt 13:13, 35; Mk 4:33; 1Co 13:12.
 Dt 28:49; 2K 24:10; 2Ch 36:9; Jr 4:13; 22:23; 24:1; 48:40; 49:16; Lm 4:19; Ezk 17:7, 12; Dn 2:38; 4:22; 7:4; Ho 8:1; Mt 24:28.
 Is 43:14; 47:15; Jr 51:13; Rv 18:3, 11.
 Dt 8:7; 2K 24:17; Is 15:7; 44:4; Jr 37:1; Ezk 17:13; 19:11.
 Pv 16:18; Ezk 17:14.
 2K 24:20; 2Ch 26:13; Jr 37:5; Ezk 17:15.
 Ezk 17:5.
 Nu 14:41; 2K 25:4; 2Ch 13:12; 20:20; Is 8:9; 30:1; 31:1; Jr 21:4; 24:8; 29:4; 32:5; 37:10; 52:7; Ezk 17:10, 15.
 Ezk 19:12; Ho 12:1; 13:15; Mt 21:19; Mk 11:20; Jn 15:6; Jde 1:12.
is shewed God's judgment upon Jerusalem for revolting from Babylon to Egypt.
11 ¶ Moreover the wordº of the LORDº came² unto² me, saying,ºª 12 Sayºª now² to the rebelliousº house,º Knowºª ye not² what² these² [things mean]? tellºª [them], Behold,² the kingº of Babylonº is comeºª to Jerusalem,º and hath takenºª² the kingº thereof, and the princesº thereof, and ledºª them with² him to Babylon;º 13 And hath takenºª of the king'sº seed,º² and madeºª a covenantº with² him, and hath takenºª an oathº of him: he hath also takenºª the mightyº of the land:º 14 That the kingdomº might be² base,º that it might not² lift itself up,ºª [but] that by keepingºª² of his covenantº it might stand.ºª 15 But he rebelledºª against him in sendingºª his ambassadorsº into Egypt,º that they might giveºª him horsesº and muchº people.º Shall he prosper?ºª shall he escapeºª that doethºª such² [things]? or shall he breakºª the covenant,º and be delivered?ºª 16 [As] I² live,º saithºª the Lordº GOD,º surely²² in the placeº [where] the kingº [dwelleth] that made him king,ºª² whose²² oathº he despised,ºª and whose²² covenantº he brake,ºª [even] with² him in the midstº of Babylonº he shall die.ºª 17 Neither² shall Pharaohº with [his] mightyº armyº and greatº companyº makeºª for him in the war,º by casting upºª mounts,º and buildingºª forts,º to cut offºª manyº persons:º 18 Seeing he despisedºª the oathº by breakingºª the covenant,º when, lo,² he had givenºª his hand,º and hath doneºª all² these² [things], he shall not² escape.ºª 19 Therefore² thus² saithºª the Lordº GOD;º [As] I² live,º surely²² mine oathº that² he hath despised,ºª and my covenantº that² he hath broken,¹ª² even it will I recompenseºª upon his own head.º 20 And I will spreadºª my netº upon² him, and he shall be takenºª in my snare,º and I will bringºª him to Babylon,º and will pleadºª with² him there² for his trespassºª that² he hath trespassed¹² against me. 21 And all² his fugitivesº with all² his bandsº shall fallºª by the sword,º and they that remainºª shall be scatteredºª toward all² winds:º and ye shall knowºª that² I² the LORDº have spokenºª [it].
 Ex 12:26; Dt 6:20; Jsh 4:6, 21; 2K 24:10; 2Ch 36:9; Is 1:2; 39:7; Jr 22:24; 52:31; Ezk 1:2; 2:5, 8; 3:9; 12:9; 17:3; 24:19; Mt 13:51; 15:16; 16:11; Mk 4:13; Lk 9:45; Ac 8:30.
 2K 24:15, 17; 2Ch 36:13; Jr 5:2; 24:1; 29:2; 37:1; Ezk 17:5.
 Dt 28:43; 1S 2:7, 30; Ne 9:36; Jr 27:12; 38:17; Lm 5:10; Ezk 17:6; 29:14; Mt 22:17.
 Dt 17:16; 29:12; 2K 24:20; 2Ch 36:13; Ps 55:23; Pv 19:5; Is 30:1; 31:1; 36:6; Jr 22:29; 32:4; 34:3; 37:5; 38:18, 23; 52:3; Ezk 17:7, 9, 18; 21:25; Mt 23:33; He 2:3.
 Ex 8:2; 20:7; Nu 30:2; Jsh 9:20; 2S 21:2; Ps 15:4; Jr 32:4; 34:3; 39:7; 52:11; Ezk 12:13; 16:59; 17:10, 18; Ho 10:4; Zc 5:3; Mal 3:5; Ro 1:31; 1Ti 1:10; 2Ti 3:3.
 Is 36:6; Jr 33:5; 37:7; 52:4; Lm 4:17; Ezk 4:2; 29:6.
 1Ch 29:24; 2Ch 30:8; Lm 5:6; Ezk 17:15.
 Dt 5:11; Jr 5:2, 9; 7:9; Ezk 21:23.
 Jsh 10:16; 2S 18:9; 2Ch 33:11; Jb 10:16; Ec 9:12; Jr 2:9, 35; 39:5; 50:44; Lm 1:13; 4:20; Ezk 12:13; 20:35; 32:3; 38:22; Ho 2:2; 7:12; Mi 6:2; Lk 21:35.
 2K 25:5, 11; Is 26:11; Jr 48:44; 52:8; Ezk 5:12; 6:7, 10; 12:14; 13:14, 23; 15:7; Am 9:1, 9.
God promiseth to plant the cedar of the Gospel.
22 ¶ Thus² saithºª the Lordº GOD;º I² will also takeºª of the highest branchº² of the highºª cedar,º and will setºª [it]; I will crop offºª from the topº² of his young twigsº a tender one,º and will plantºª [it] upon² an highº mountainº and eminent:ºª 23 In the mountainº of the heightº of Israelº will I plantºª it: and it shall bring forthºª boughs,º and bearºª fruit,º and be² a goodlyº cedar:º and under² it shall dwellºª all² fowlº of every² wing;º in the shadowº of the branchesº thereof shall they dwell.ºª 24 And all² the treesº of the fieldº shall knowºª that² I² the LORDº have brought downºª the highº tree,º have exaltedºª the lowº tree,º have dried¹ª up² the greenº tree,º and have made the dryº treeº to flourish:ºª I² the LORDº have spokenºª and have doneºª [it].
 Ps 2:6; 72:16; 80:15; Is 2:2; 4:2; 11:1; 53:2; Jr 23:5; 33:15; Ezk 20:40; 34:29; 40:2; Dn 2:35, 44; Mi 4:1; Zc 3:8; 4:12; 6:12.
 Gn 49:10; Ps 22:27; 72:8; 92:12; Is 2:2; 11:6; 27:6; 49:18; 60:4; Ezk 31:6; Dn 4:10, 21; Ho 14:7; Mt 13:32, 47; Lk 14:21; Jn 12:24; 15:5; Ac 10:11; Ga 3:28; Col 3:11; Rv 11:15.
 1S 2:7; Jb 5:11; 40:12; Ps 75:6; 89:38, 45; 96:11; Is 2:13; 9:6; 11:1; 26:5; 55:12; Ezk 12:25; 22:14; 24:14; Am 9:11; Mt 24:35; Lk 1:33, 52; 21:33; 1Co 1:27.
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