And the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
"Son of man, pose a riddle, and speak a parable to the house of Israel,
and say, 'Thus says the Lord God: "A great eagle with large wings and long pinions, Full of feathers of various colors, Came to Lebanon And took from the cedar the highest branch.
He cropped off its topmost young twig And carried it to a land of trade; He set it in a city of merchants.
Then he took some of the seed of the land And planted it in a fertile field; He placed it by abundant waters And set it like a willow tree.
And it grew and became a spreading vine of low stature; Its branches turned toward him, But its roots were under it. So it became a vine, Brought forth branches, And put forth shoots.