The word of ADONAI came to me:
"Human being, propound this riddle, tell the house of Isra'el this allegory,
say that Adonai ELOHIM says this: 'A big eagle having great wings and long pinions full of varicolored feathers came to the L'vanon and took over the top of the cedar.
He cropped off the topmost of its young twigs, carried them to a land of traders and set them down in a city of merchants.
He also took some of the seed in the land and planted it in fertile soil, placing it where there was abundant water, as one would a willow.
It grew to become a fruitful vine sprawling over the ground; its branches turned toward him, and its roots were under him - thus it became a vine, sprouting branches and putting forth shoots.