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.