The word of the LORD came to me:
"Son of man, propound a riddle, and speak an allegory to the house of Israel;
say, Thus says the Lord GOD: A great eagle with great wings and long pinions, rich in plumage of many colors, came to Lebanon and took the top of the cedar;
he broke off the topmost of its young twigs and carried it to a land of trade, and set it in a city of merchants.
Then he took of the seed of the land and planted it in fertile soil; he placed it beside abundant waters. He set it like a willow twig,
and it sprouted and became a low spreading vine, and its branches turned toward him, and its roots remained where it stood. So it became a vine, and brought forth branches and put forth foliage.
"But there was another great eagle with great wings and much plumage; and behold, this vine bent its roots toward him, and shot forth its branches toward him that he might water it. From the bed where it was planted
he transplanted it to good soil by abundant waters, that it might bring forth branches, and bear fruit, and become a noble vine.
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