Now the word of the LORDcame to me saying,
2"Son of man, propound a riddle and speak a 1parable to the house of Israel,
3asaying, 'Thussays the LordbGOD, "A great2eagle with 3greatwings, longpinions and a fullplumage of manycolorscame to 4Lebanon and took away the top of the cedar.
"He pluckedoff the topmost of its youngtwigs and brought it to a land of merchants; he set it in a city of traders.
"He also tooksome of the seed of the land and planted it in c5fertilesoil. He dplaced it besideabundantwaters; he set it like a 6willow.
"Then it sprouted and became a low, spreadingvine with its branchesturnedtoward him, but its rootsremainedunder it. So it became a vine and yieldedshoots and sent out branches.
"But there was eanothergreateagle with greatwings and muchplumage; and behold, thisvinebent its rootstoward him and sent out its branches toward him from the bedswhere it was 7planted, that he might water it.
"It was planted in goodfsoilbesideabundantwaters, that it might yieldbranches and bearfruit and become a splendidvine."'
9"Say, 'Thussays the LordGOD, "Will it thrive? Will he not pull up its roots and cutoff its fruit, so that it withers -so that all its sproutingleaveswither? And neither by greatgstrengthnor by manypeople can it be raised from its roots again.
10"Behold, though it is planted, will it thrive? Will it not 8completelywither as soon as the eastwindstrikes it-wither on the bedswhere it grew?""'
Moreover, the word of the LORDcame to me, saying,
12"Saynow to the 9rebellioushouse, 'Do you not 10knowwhatthesethings mean?' Say, 'Behold, the 11king of Babyloncame to Jerusalem, took its king and princes and brought them to him in Babylon.
'He took one of the royalh12family and made a covenant with him, iputting him under 13oath. He also took away the 14mighty of the land,
that the kingdom might 15be jin subjection, not exalting itself, but keeping his covenant that it might continue.
'But he 16rebelled against him by sending his envoys to Egypt that they might give him horses and manyktroops. Will he succeed? Will he who doessuchthings17escape? Can he indeed break the covenant and escape?
'As I live,' declares the LordGOD, 'Surely in the lcountry of the king who mput him on the throne, whoseoath he 18despised and whosecovenant he broke, n19in Babylon he shall die.
'20Pharaoh with his mightyarmy and greatcompany will not ohelp him in the war, when they cast up ramps and buildsiegewalls to cutoffmanylives.
'Now he despised the oath by breaking the covenant, and behold, he p21pledged his allegiance, yet didallthesethings; he shall not escape.' "
19Therefore, thussays the LordGOD, "As I live, surely My oathwhich he despised and My covenantwhich he broke, I will qinflict on his head.
"I will spread My 22netover him, and he will be 23caught in My snare. Then I will bring him to Babylon and 24enter into judgment with him there regarding the unfaithfulactwhich he has committed against Me.
21"All the r25choicemen in all his troops will fall by the sword, and the survivors will be scattered to everywind; and you will know that I, the LORD, have spoken."
22Thussays the LordGOD, "I will also take a sprig from the loftytop of the cedar and set it out; I will pluck from the topmost of its youngtwigs a tenderone and I will plant it on a 26high and loftymountain.
"On the highmountain of Israel I will plant it, that it may bringforthboughs and bearfruit and become a stately27cedar. And birds of everyskind will tnestunder it; they will unest in the shade of its branches.
24"All the 28trees of the field will know that I am the LORD; I bringdown the hightree, exalt the lowtree, dry up the greentree and make the drytree29flourish. I am the LORD; I have spoken, and I will perform it."