The Lord spoke his word to me, saying:
"Human, give a riddle and tell a story to the people of Israel.
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.
He pulled off the top branch and brought it to a land of traders, where he planted it in a city of traders.
"'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.
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.