And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying ,
2Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable unto the house of Israel;3
And say , Thus saith the LordGOD; A greateagle with greatwings,longwinged , full of feathers, which had divers colours,came unto Lebanon, and took the highest branch of the cedar:4
He cropped off the top of his young twigs, and carried it into a land of traffick; he set it in a city of merchants .
He took also of the seed of the land, and planteda it in a fruitfulfield; he placed it by greatwaters, and set it as a willow tree.6
And it grew , and became a spreadingvine of lowstature, whose branchesturned toward him, and the roots thereof were under him: so it became a vine, and brought forthbranches, and shot forth sprigs.7
There was also anothergreateagle with greatwings and manyfeathers: and, behold, this vine did bend her roots toward him, and shot forth her branches toward him, that he might water it by the furrows of her plantation.8
It was planted in a goodsoilb by greatwaters, that it might bring forthbranches, and that it might bearfruit, that it might be a goodlyvine.9Say thou, Thus saith the LordGOD; Shall it prosper ? shall he not pull up the roots thereof, and cut off the fruit thereof, that it wither ? it shall wither in all the leaves of her spring, even without greatpower or manypeople to pluck it up by the roots thereof.
Yea, behold, being planted , shall it prosper ? shall it not utterlywither , when the eastwindtoucheth it? it shall wither in the furrows where it grew.11
Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying ,
12Say now to the rebellioushouse,Know ye not what these things mean? tell them, Behold, the king of Babylon is come to Jerusalem, and hath taken the king thereof, and the princes thereof, and led them with him to Babylon;13
And hath taken of the king'sseed, and made a covenant with him, and hath taken an oath of him: he hath also taken the mighty of the land:14
That the kingdom might be base, that it might not lift itself up , but that by keeping of his covenant it might stand .
But he rebelled against him in sending his ambassadors into Egypt, that they might give him horses and muchpeople. Shall he prosper ? shall he escape that doeth such things? or shall he break the covenant, and be delivered ?
As I live,saith the LordGOD, surely in the place where the king dwelleth that made him king , whose oath he despised , and whose covenant he brake , even with him in the midst of Babylon he shall die .
Neither shall Pharaoh with his mightyarmy and greatcompanymake for him in the war, by casting upmounts, and buildingforts, to cut offmanypersons:18
Seeing he despised the oath by breaking the covenant, when, lo, he had given his hand, and hath done all these things, he shall not escape .
Therefore thus saith the LordGOD; As I live, surely mine oath that he hath despised , and my covenant that he hath broken , even it will I recompense upon his own head.20
And I will spread my net upon him, and he shall be taken in my snare, and I will bring him to Babylon, and will plead with him there for his trespass that he hath trespassed against me.
And all his fugitives with all his bands shall fall by the sword, and they that remain shall be scattered toward all winds: and ye shall know that I the LORD have spoken it.
Thus saith the LordGOD; I will also take of the highest branch of the highcedar, and will set it; I will crop off from the top of his young twigs a tender one, and will plant it upon an highmountain and eminent :
In the mountain of the height of Israel will I plant it: and it shall bring forthboughs, and bearfruit, and be a goodlycedar: and under it shall dwell all fowl of every wing; in the shadow of the branches thereof shall they dwell .
And all the trees of the field shall know that I the LORD have brought down the hightree, have exalted the lowtree, have dried up the greentree, and have made the drytree to flourish : I the LORD have spoken and have done it.