Under the parable of two eagles and a vine,
Ezekiel 17:1 And the word of the LORD came vnto mee, saying, Ezekiel 17:2 Sonne of man, put foorth a riddle, and speake a parable vnto the house of Israel, Ezekiel 17:3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD, A great eagle with great wings, long wing'd, full of feathers, which had diuers colours, came vnto Lebanon, and tooke the highest branch of the Cedar. Ezekiel 17:4 Hee cropt off the top of his yong twigs, and caried it into a land of traffique; he set it in a city of merchants. Ezekiel 17:5 Hee tooke also of the seed of the land, and planted it in a fruitfull field, he placed it by great waters, [and] set it [as] a willow tree. Ezekiel 17:6 And it grew, and became a spreading Uine of low stature, whose branches turned toward him, and the roots thereof were vnder him: so it became a Uine, and brought forth branches, and shot foorth sprigges. Ezekiel 17:7 There was also an other great eagle, with great wings and many feathers, and behold, this Uine did bend her rootes towards him, and shot forth her branches toward him, that hee might water it by the furrowes of her plantation. Ezekiel 17:8 It was planted in a good soile by great waters, that it might bring forth branches, and that it might beare fruit, that it might be a goodly Uine. Ezekiel 17:9 Say thou, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Shall it prosper? shall he not pull vp the rootes thereof, and cut off the fruit thereof, that it wither? it shall wither in all the leaues of her spring, euen without great power, or many people to plucke it vp by the rootes thereof. Ezekiel 17:10 Yea behold, being planted, shall it prosper? shall it not vtterly wither, when the East wind toucheth it? it shal wither in the furrowes where it grew.
is shewed God's judgment upon Jerusalem for revolting from Babylon to Egypt.
Ezekiel 17:11 Moreouer the word of the LORD came vnto me, saying, Ezekiel 17:12 Say now to the rebellious house, Know ye not what these things [meane]? tell them, behold, the king of Babylon is come to Ierusalem, and hath taken the King thereof, and the Princes thereof, and ledde them with him to Babylon, Ezekiel 17:13 And hath taken of the kings seed, and made a couenant with him, and hath taken an oath of him: he hath also taken the mighty of the land, Ezekiel 17:14 That the kingdome might bee base, that it might not lift it selfe vp, [but] that by keeping of his Couenant it might stand. Ezekiel 17:15 But he rebelled against him in sending his ambassadours into Egypt, that they might giue him horses and much people: shall he prosper? shall he escape that doeth such things? or shall hee breake the Couenant, and bee deliuered? Ezekiel 17:16 As I liue, saith the Lord GOD, surely in the place [where] the king [dwelleth] that made him king, whose oath he despised, and whose couenant he brake, [euen] with him, in the midst of Babylon he shall die. Ezekiel 17:17 Neither shall Pharaoh with [his] mightie armie and great companie make for him in the warre by casting vp mounts, and building forts, to cut off many persons. Ezekiel 17:18 Seeing hee despised the oath by breaking the couenant (when loe, he had giuen his hand) and hath done all these things, he shall not escape. Ezekiel 17:19 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, As I liue, surely mine oath that he hath despised, and my Couenant that he hath broken, euen it will I recompense vpon his owne head. Ezekiel 17:20 And I will spread my net vpon him, & he shalbe taken in my snare, and I will bring him to Babylon, and will plead with him there for his trespasse, that he hath trespassed against me. Ezekiel 17:21 And all his fugitiues, with all his bands, shall fall by the sword, and they that remaine shalbe scattered towards all windes: and ye shall know that I the LORD haue spoken [it].
God promiseth to plant the cedar of the Gospel.
Ezekiel 17:22 Thus saith the Lord GOD, I wil also take of the highest branch of the high Cedar, and will set [it], I will croppe off from the top of his yong twigges a tender one, and will plant [it] vpon an high mountaine and eminent. Ezekiel 17:23 In the mountaine of the height of Israel will I plant it: and it shall bring foorth boughes, and beare fruite, and be a goodly Cedar, and vnder it shall dwell all foule of euery wing: in the shadow of the branches thereof shal they dwell. Ezekiel 17:24 And all the trees of the field shall know that I the LORD haue brought downe the high tree, haue exalted the low tree, haue dried vp the greene tree, and haue made the drie tree to flourish: I the LORD haue spoken, and haue done [it].