Then this message came to me from the :
“Son of man, give this riddle, and tell this story to the people of Israel.
Give them this message from the Sovereign : “A great eagle with broad wings and long feathers, covered with many-colored plumage, came to Lebanon. He seized the top of a cedar tree
and plucked off its highest branch. He carried it away to a city filled with merchants. He planted it in a city of traders.
He also took a seedling from the land and planted it in fertile soil. He placed it beside a broad river, where it could grow like 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 into the ground. It produced strong branches and put out shoots.
But then another great eagle came with broad wings and full plumage. So the vine now sent its roots and branches toward him for water,