The word of the LORD came to me:
21"Son of man, 2propound a riddle, and speak a parable to the house of Israel;
say, Thus says the Lord GOD: 3A great eagle 4with great wings and long pinions, 5rich in plumage of many colors, came 6to Lebanon 7and took the top of the cedar.
He broke off the topmost of its young twigs and carried it to a land of trade and set it in a city of merchants.
Then he took of the seed of the land 8and planted it in fertile soil.a He placed it beside abundant waters. 9He set it like a willow twig,
and it sprouted and became a 10low 11spreading vine, and its branches turned toward him, and its roots remained where it stood. So it became a vine and produced branches and put out boughs.
712"And there was another great eagle with great wings and much plumage, 13and behold, this vine bent its roots toward him and shot forth its branches toward him from 14the bed where it was planted, that he might water it.