A message came to me from the Lord. He said,
"Son of man, tell the people of Israel a story about their kings. Let them know what will happen to them.
Tell them, 'The LORD and King says, "A great eagle came to the city of 'Lebanon.' It had powerful wings and a lot of long feathers. The feathers were colorful and beautiful. The eagle landed in the top of a cedar tree.
It broke off the highest twig. It carried it away to Babylonia. There are many traders in that land. The eagle planted the twig in the city of Babylon.
" ' "Then it got a seed from your land. It put it in rich soil near plenty of water. It planted the seed like a willow tree.
The seed grew into a low, spreading vine. Its branches turned toward the eagle. And its roots remained under the eagle. So the seed became a vine. It produced branches and put out leaves.