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Ezekiel 17

Under the parable of two eagles and a vine,

Ezekiel 17:1 And the word of Yahweh came unto me, saying: Ezekiel 17:2 Son of man, Put thou forth a riddle, And speak thou a parable,—Unto the house of Israel: Ezekiel 17:3 So then thou shalt say, Thus, saith My Lord, Yahweh,—A great eagle, with large wings of long pinion, full of plumage, which had divers colours, came unto Lebanon, and took the highest branch of the cedar: Ezekiel 17:4 The crown of its young twigs, plucked he off, and brought it into a land of traffic, in a city of merchants, he set it. Ezekiel 17:5 So he took of the seed of the land, and planted it in a field for seed,—He took it near mighty waters, Like a willow-tree, he set it. Ezekiel 17:6 And it shot forth, and became a spreading vine of lowly stature, Its branches turning towards him, And, its roots, under him, spread,—So it became a vine, And brought forth shoots, And sent forth boughs. Ezekiel 17:7 And it came to pass, that there was another great eagle, with large wings, and abundant plumage,—And lo! this vine, stretched its roots hungry towards him, And its, branches, sent it forth unto him, That he might cause it to drink, out of the beds where it was planted: Ezekiel 17:8 In a goodly field, by mighty waters, was it, planted,—That it might bring forth boughs, and bear fruit, That it might become, a splendid vine. Ezekiel 17:9 Say thou, Thus, saith My Lord, Yahweh, Shall it thrive? Its roots, will he not tear up? Its fruit, will he not cut off, that it wither? All the fresh leaves it hath caused to spring forth, shall wither, without a strong arm, or many people, to pull it up by its roots. Ezekiel 17:10 Lo! therefore, though [it remain] planted, shall it thrive? As soon as an east wind toucheth, it, will it not, utterly wither? On the beds where it sprang up, will it not wither?

is shewed God's judgment upon Jerusalem for revolting from Babylon to Egypt.

Ezekiel 17:11 Then came the word of Yahweh unto me, saying: Ezekiel 17:12 Say, I pray thee, unto the perverse house, Know ye not what these things are? Say thou, Lo! the King of Babylon entered Jerusalem, And took her king and her princes, And brought them unto him in Babylon; Ezekiel 17:13 Yea took of the seed royal, And solemnised with him a covenant,—And brought him into an oath, Also, the mighty ones of the land, did he take. Ezekiel 17:14 That, the kingdom, might be, abased, so as not to lift itself up,—By the keeping of his covenant, might be made to stand. Ezekiel 17:15 But he hath rebelled against him, by sending his messengers to Egypt, that there should be given to him horses, and much people. Shall he thrive? Shall he escape that doeth these things? Shall he break a covenant, and escape? Ezekiel 17:16 As I live, Declareth My Lord, Yahweh, Very! in the place where dwelleth the king that made him, king, Whose oath he hath despised, And whose covenant he hath broken, With him, in the midst of Babylon, shall he die. Ezekiel 17:17 Neither shall Pharaoh, with a great force, or with a large gathered host, work with him, in the war, by casting up an earthwork, and by building a siege-wall,—to the cuting off of many lives. Ezekiel 17:18 Seeing he hath despised an oath, by breaking a covenant—yea lo! hath given his hand, and, all these things, hath done, he shall not escape. Ezekiel 17:19 Therefore, Thus, saith My Lord, Yahweh, As I live, Surely it is mine oath, which he hath despised, And, my covenant, which he hath broken, Therefore will I bring it upon his own head: Ezekiel 17:20 And I will spread over him my net, And he shall be taken in my snare, And I will bring him into Babylon, and will enter into judgment with him there, as to his treachery wherewith he hath been treacherous against me; Ezekiel 17:21 And, all his fugitives, throughout all his bands, by the sword, shall fall, And, they who are left, to every wind, shall be scattered,—So shall ye know, that, I, Yahweh, have spoken!

God promiseth to plant the cedar of the Gospel.

Ezekiel 17:22 Thus, saith My Lord, Yahweh, Therefore will, I, myself, take, of the highest branch of the lofty cedar, and set it,—Of the crown of its young twigs, a tender one, will I pluck off, and, I, myself, will plant it upon a mountain high and terraced, Ezekiel 17:23 In the mountain of the height of Israel, will I plant it, And it shall put forth boughs, And bear fruit, And become a majestic, cedar,—And every bird of every wing shall dwell under it, In the shade of its branches, shall they dwell. Ezekiel 17:24 So shall all the trees of the field know, that, I, Yahweh, Have laid low the high, tree, Have exalted the low, tree, Have dried up the moist, tree, And have caused to flourish the tree, that was dry,—I, Yahweh, have spoken, and performed.

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