NASB — Ezekiel 17 — KJV

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.

[2] aEzk 20:49; 24:3
[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
[5] 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 it—wither on the beds where it grew?”’”

[7] ISo with several ancient versions; M.T. one aEzk 31:4
[8] ILit field
[9] ILit arm
[10] aEzk 19:14; Ho 13:15

Zedekiah’s Rebellion

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.”

[12] aEzk 2:3-5 bEzk 12:9-11; 24:19 c2K 24:11, 12, 15; Ezk 1:2; 17:3
[13] ILit seed IILit and caused him to enter into an oath a2K 24:17; Ezk 17:5 b2Ch 36:13 c2K 24:15, 16
[14] ILit low aEzk 29:14
[15] ILit people a2K 24:20; 2Ch 36:13; Jr 52:3; Ezk 17:7 bJr 34:3; 38:18, 23; Ezk 17:18
[16] 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
[17] ILit act with aIs 36:6; Jr 37:5, 7; Ezk 29:6, 7
[18] ILit gave his hand a1Ch 29:24
[19] ILit give it
[20] aEzk 12:13; 32:3 bJr 39:5-7 cJr 2:35; Ezk 20:35, 36
[21] 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].”

[22] aPs 72:16; Ezk 20:40; 37:22
[23] ILit wing IILit dwell aPs 92:12
[24] 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 word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable unto the house of Israel; 3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; A great eagle with great wings, longwinged, full of feathers, which had divers colours, came unto Lebanon, and took the highest branch of the cedar: 4 He cropped off the top of his young twigs, and carried it into a land of traffick; he set it in a city of merchants. 5 He took also of the seed of the land, and planted it in a fruitful field; he placed [it] by great waters, [and] set it [as] a willow tree. 6 And it grew, and became a spreading vine of low stature, whose branches turned toward him, and the roots thereof were under him: so it became a vine, and brought forth branches, and shot forth sprigs. 7 There was also another great eagle with great wings and many feathers: and, behold, this vine did bend her roots toward him, and shot forth her branches toward him, that he might water it by the furrows of her plantation. 8 It was planted in a good soil by great waters, that it might bring forth branches, and that it might bear fruit, that it might be a goodly vine. 9 Say thou, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Shall it prosper? shall he not pull up the roots thereof, and cut off the fruit thereof, that it wither? it shall wither in all the leaves of her spring, even without great power or many people to pluck it up by the roots thereof. 10 Yea, behold, [being] planted, shall it prosper? shall it not utterly wither, when the east wind toucheth it? it shall wither in the furrows where it grew.

[2] Jg 9:8; 14:12; 2S 12:1; Ezk 20:49; Ho 12:10; Mt 13:13, 35; Mk 4:33; 1Co 13:12.
[3] 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.
[4] Is 43:14; 47:15; Jr 51:13; Rv 18:3, 11.
[5] Dt 8:7; 2K 24:17; Is 15:7; 44:4; Jr 37:1; Ezk 17:13; 19:11.
[6] Pv 16:18; Ezk 17:14.
[7] 2K 24:20; 2Ch 26:13; Jr 37:5; Ezk 17:15.
[8] Ezk 17:5.
[9] 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.
[10] 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 word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 12 Say now to the rebellious house, Know ye not what these [things mean]? tell [them], Behold, the king of Babylon is come to Jerusalem, and hath taken the king thereof, and the princes thereof, and led them with him to Babylon; 13 And hath taken of the king's seed, and made a covenant with him, and hath taken an oath of him: he hath also taken the mighty of the land: 14 That the kingdom might be base, that it might not lift itself up, [but] that by keeping of his covenant it might stand. 15 But he rebelled against him in sending 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, surely in the place [where] the king [dwelleth] that made him king, whose oath he despised, and whose covenant he brake, [even] with him in the midst of Babylon he shall die. 17 Neither shall Pharaoh with [his] mighty army and great company make for him in the war, by casting up mounts, and building forts, to cut off many persons: 18 Seeing he despised the oath by breaking the covenant, when, lo, he had given his hand, and hath done all these [things], he shall not escape. 19 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; [As] I live, surely mine oath that he hath despised, and my covenant that he hath broken, even it will I recompense upon his own head. 20 And I will spread my net upon him, and he shall be taken in my snare, and I will bring him to Babylon, and will plead with him there for his trespass that he hath trespassed against me. 21 And all his fugitives with all his bands shall fall by the sword, and they that remain shall be scattered toward all winds: and ye shall know that I the LORD have spoken [it].

[12] 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.
[13] 2K 24:15, 17; 2Ch 36:13; Jr 5:2; 24:1; 29:2; 37:1; Ezk 17:5.
[14] 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.
[15] 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.
[16] 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.
[17] Is 36:6; Jr 33:5; 37:7; 52:4; Lm 4:17; Ezk 4:2; 29:6.
[18] 1Ch 29:24; 2Ch 30:8; Lm 5:6; Ezk 17:15.
[19] Dt 5:11; Jr 5:2, 9; 7:9; Ezk 21:23.
[20] 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.
[21] 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 ¶ Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also take of the highest branch of the high cedar, and will set [it]; I will crop off from the top of his young twigs a tender one, and will plant [it] upon an high mountain and eminent: 23 In the mountain of the height of Israel will I plant it: and it shall bring forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be a goodly cedar: and under it shall dwell all fowl of every wing; in the shadow of the branches thereof shall they dwell. 24 And all the trees of the field shall know that I the LORD have brought down the high tree, have exalted the low tree, have dried up the green tree, and have made the dry tree to flourish: I the LORD have spoken and have done [it].

[22] 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.
[23] 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.
[24] 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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