Two Eagles and a Vine

1 The word of the LORD came to me:
2 “Son of man, set forth an allegory and tell it to the Israelites as a parable.
3 Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: A great eagle with powerful wings, long feathers and full plumage of varied colors came to Lebanon. Taking hold of the top of a cedar,
4 he broke off its topmost shoot and carried it away to a land of merchants, where he planted it in a city of traders.
5 “ ‘He took one of the seedlings of the land and put it in fertile soil. He planted it like a willow by abundant water,
6 and it sprouted and became a low, spreading vine. Its branches turned toward him, but its roots remained under it. So it became a vine and produced branches and put out leafy boughs.