Under the parable of two eagles and a vine,
Ezekiel 17:1 The worde of þe Lorde came vnto me, sayinge: Ezekiel 17:2 Thou sonne of man: put forth a darcke speakynge and a parable, vnto þe house of Israel, Ezekiel 17:3 & saye: Thus sayeth þe Lorde God: There came a great Aegle wt greate wynges, yee, with a myghtye longe bodye, & full of fethers of dyuerse coloures, vpon the mount of Libanus, & toke the hyest braunch from a Cedre tree, Ezekiel 17:4 & brake of þe toppe of his twygge, & caryed it into þe lande of Canaan, & set it in a cyte of marchauntes. Ezekiel 17:5 He toke also of the seade of the lande, & planted it in a frutefull grounde, he brought it vnto greate waters, and set it as a wyllowe tree therby. Ezekiel 17:6 Then dyd it growe, and was a greate vynestocke, but lowe by the grounde whose braunches turned in to it selfe, and þe rotes of it, were fastened vnder it, thus there came of it a vyne, and it brought forth blossomes, & spred out braunches. Ezekiel 17:7 But there was another Aegle, a great one, which had greate winges & many fethers: and beholde, þe rotes of thys vyne had an hunger after him, & spred out his braunches towarde him, þt he myght water her with the orchyerd þt he had planted. Ezekiel 17:8 Neuertheles, it was planted vpon a good ground besyde greate waters: so þt (by reason) it shulde haue brought out braunches & frute, & haue bene a goodly vyne. Ezekiel 17:9 Speake þu therfore, thus sayeth þe Lorde God: Shall this vyne prospere? shall not his rotes be pluckte oute, his frute be broken of, his grene braunches, wither & fade awaye? ye, without ether stronge arme or many people, shall it be plucked vp by þe rotes. Ezekiel 17:10 Beholde, it was planted: shall it prospere therfore? Shal it not be dryed vp & withered, yee, euen in þe shutinge out of his blossomes, as soone as þe east winde bloweth?
is shewed God's judgment upon Jerusalem for revolting from Babylon to Egypt.
Ezekiel 17:11 Moreouer, þe worde of þe Lord came vnto me sayinge: Ezekiel 17:12 Speake to þt frowarde housholde: knowe ye not, what these thynges do signifye? Tell them: Beholde, þe kynge of Babylon came to Ierusalem, & toke þe kynge and his prynces, and ledde them to Babylon. Ezekiel 17:13 He toke of the kynges sede, and made a couenaunt wyth hym, and toke an othe of him: The Prynces of the lande toke he with him also, Ezekiel 17:14 that the lande myght be holden in subieccyon, and not to rebelle, but kepe the couenaunt, and fulfyll it. Ezekiel 17:15 But he fell from him, & sent his Embassytours into Egypt þt he myght haue horses and moche people. Shulde that prospere? Shulde he be kepte safe, that doth soch thynges? Or shulde he escape, that breaketh hys couenaunt? Ezekiel 17:16 As truly as I lyue sayeth the Lorde God: He shall dye at Babylon, in the place where the kynge dwelleth, þt made hym kynge: whose othe he hath despysed, and whose couenaunt he hath broken. Ezekiel 17:17 Nether shall Pharao with his greate host & multitude of people, maynteyne him in the warre: when they cast vp dyches, and set vp bulworkes to destroye moch people. Ezekiel 17:18 For seynge he hath despysed þe othe, and broken the couenaunt (where as he yet gaue his hande ther vpon) and done all these thynges, he shall not escape. Ezekiel 17:19 Therfore thus sayeth the Lorde God. As truly as I lyue, I wyll brynge myne othe þt he hath despysed, and my couenaunt that he hath broken, vpon his awne head. Ezekiel 17:20 I wyll cast my net aboute him, and catch him in my yarne. To Babylon will I carie him, there will I punishe him, because of the greate offence that he made me. Ezekiel 17:21 As for those that fle from him out of the hoost, they shalbe slayne with the swearde. The resydue shalbe scatred towarde all the wyndes: and ye shall knowe, that I the Lorde haue spoken it.
God promiseth to plant the cedar of the Gospel.
Ezekiel 17:22 Thus sayeth the Lorde God: I wyll also take a braunche from an hye Cedre tree, and will set it, & take þe vppermost twygge, þt yet is but tendre, and plante it vpon an hye hyll: Ezekiel 17:23 Namely, vpon the hye hyll of Syon will I plante it: þt it maye bringe forth twygges, & geue frute, and be a greate Cedre tree: so þt all maner of foules maye bylde in it, & make their nestes vnder þe shadow of his braunches. Ezekiel 17:24 And all the trees of the felde shall knowe that I the Lorde haue brought downe þe hye tree, and set the lowe tree vp: þt I haue dryed vp the grene tree, and made the drye tree to floryshe: Euen I the Lorde that spake it, haue also brought it to passe.