Then this message came to me from the LORD:
"Son of man, tell this story to the people of Israel.
Give them this message from the Sovereign LORD: A great eagle with broad wings full of many-colored feathers came to Lebanon. He took hold of the highest branch of a cedar tree
and plucked off its topmost shoot. Then he carried it away to a city filled with merchants, where he planted it.
"Then he planted one of its seedlings in fertile ground beside a broad river, where it would grow as quickly as a willow tree.
It took root there and grew into a low, spreading vine. Its branches turned up toward the eagle, and its roots grew down beneath it. It soon produced strong branches and luxuriant leaves.
But then another great eagle with broad wings and full plumage came along. So the vine sent its roots and branches out toward him for water.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)