Ezekiel 17:1-6 (New Century Version)

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1 The Lord spoke his word to me, saying: 2 "Human, give a riddle and tell a story to the people of Israel. 3 Say, 'This is what the Lord God says: A giant eagle with big wings and long feathers of many different colors came to Lebanon and took hold of the top of a cedar tree. 4 He pulled off the top branch and brought it to a land of traders, where he planted it in a city of traders. 5 "'The eagle took some seed from the land and planted it in a good field near plenty of water. He planted it to grow like a willow tree. 6 It sprouted and became a low vine that spread over the ground. The branches turned toward the eagle, but the roots were under the eagle. So the seed became a vine, and its branches grew, sending out leaves.
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