The word of the LORD came to me:
"Son of man, set forth an allegory and tell it to the house of Israel as a parable.13
Say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: A great eagle2 with powerful wings, long feathers and full plumage of varied colors came to Lebanon.3 Taking hold of the top of a cedar,
he broke off4 its topmost shoot and carried it away to a land of merchants, where he planted it in a city of traders.
" 'He took one of the seedlings of the land and put it in fertile soil. He planted it like a willow by abundant water,56
and it sprouted and became a low, spreading vine. Its branches6 turned toward him, but its roots remained under it. So it became a vine and produced branches and put out leafy boughs.7