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Ezekiel 17 (Lexham English Bible)

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Parable of Two Eagles and a Vine

1 And the word of Yahweh {came}a to me, {saying},b 2 "Son of man,c tell a riddle and quote a proverb to the house of Israel, 3 and you must say, 'Thus says the Lord Yahweh: "{The great eagle with great wings and long feathers}d [and] {full of variegated plumage}e came to Lebanon and he took the treetop of the cedar. 4 He plucked the top of its new plant shoot, and he brought it to the land of Canaan [and] put it in a city of merchants, 5 and he took from the seed of the land and placed it in {fertile soil}f ong many waters; [like] a willow he planted it. 6 And it sprouted, and {it became a vine spreading out},h low of height, turning its branches to him, and its roots were under it, and {it became a vine},i and it madej branches, and it sent out foliage. 7 " '"And there was another great eagle, great of wings and [with] abundant plumage, and look! This vine stretched out its roots toward him and extended its branches to him to water it from the garden bed {where it was planted}.k 8 It was planted inl [a] good field bym many watersn to produce brancheso and to bear fruit to becomep {a beautiful vine}." 'q 9 Say, 'Thus says the Lord Yahweh: "Will it prosper? Will he not tear out its roots, and will he not make its fruit scaly, and it will wither, and all of the freshness of its vegetation will dry up? And to lift it from its roots {will not require great strength or many people}.r 10 And look! [Though] it is planted, will it prosper? {When the east wind strikes it},s will it not dry up completely? On the garden bed of its vegetation it will dry up!" '" 11 And the word of Yahweh {came}t to me, {saying}, 12 "Say now to the rebellious house of Israel, 'Do you not know what these [are]?'u Say, 'Look! The king of Babylon will come [to] Jerusalem, and he will take its king and its officials, and he will bringv them to himself,w [to] Babylon. 13 And he took from the seed of the kingship, and he made with him a covenant, and {he brought him under oath},x and he took the rulers of the land, 14 so that [they would] be a humble kingdom and not lift itself up to keep his covenant {in order for it to stand}.y 15 But he rebelled against him by sending his messengers [to] Egypt to give to him horses and a large army. Will he succeed? Will he escape doing these [things], and can he break [the] covenant and escape? 16 {As I live},'z {declares}aa the Lord Yahweh, '{surely}bb in the place of the king {who made}cc him king, who despised his oath and who broke his covenant with him--in the midst of Babylon he will die. 17 And not with a great army and with a great crowd will Pharaoh workdd with him in the war, at the pouring out of a siege ramp and the building of siege works to destroy many lives. 18 And he despised [the] oath to break covenant. And, look, he gave his hand [in pledge], and [yet] he did all of these [things]. He will not escape.' 19 Therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh: '{As I live},ee {surely}ff my oath that he despised and my covenant that he broke I will return upon his head. 20 And I will spread my net over him, and he will be caught in my hunting net, and I will bring him [to] Babylon, and I will enter into judgment with him there [about] his infidelity that he displayed against me. 21 And all of his choice troops, among all of his troops, they will fall by the sword, and [those who] [are] remaining,gg they will be scattered to all [the directions of the] wind, and you will know that I, Yahweh, I have spoken.' 22 Thus says the Lord Yahweh: 'And I will take, [even] I, from the treetop of the high cedar, and I will plant [it], from the head of its new plant shoot I will pluck a tender one, and I will plant [it], [even] I, on a high and lofty mountain. 23 On the height of the mountain of Israel I will plant [it], and it will carryhh branches,ii and it will bear fruit, and {it will become a noble cedar},jj and all of the birds of all wingskk will dwell under it in the shade of its branches. 24 And all of the trees of the field will know that I, Yahweh, I will bring low a high tree, [and] I will exalt a low, fresh tree, and I will make a dry tree flourish. I, Yahweh, I have spoken, and I will do [it].'"
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