And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
"Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable unto the house of Israel,
and say, `Thus saith the Lord GOD: A great eagle with great wings, longwinged, full of feathers which had divers colors, came unto Lebanon and took the highest branch of the cedar.
He cropped off the top of it young twigs and carried it into a land of traffic; he set it in a city of merchants.
He took also of the seed of the land and planted it in a fruitful field. He placed it by great waters and set it as a willow tree.
And it grew and became a spreading vine of low stature, whose branches turned toward him and the roots thereof were under him. So it became a vine, and brought forth branches and shot forth sprigs.