Ezekiel 17:13

13 Then he took a member of the royal family and made a treaty with him, putting him under oath. He also carried away the leading men of the land,

Read Ezekiel 17:13 Using Other Translations

And hath taken of the king's seed, and made a covenant with him, and hath taken an oath of him: he hath also taken the mighty of the land:
And he took one of the royal offspringand made a covenant with him, putting him under oath (the chief men of the land he had taken away),
He made a treaty with a member of the royal family and forced him to take an oath of loyalty. He also exiled Israel’s most influential leaders,

What does Ezekiel 17:13 mean?

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Ezekiel 17:13

And hath taken of the king's seed
One of the royal family, signified by the seed of the land, ( Ezekiel 17:5 ) . Mattaniah, son of King Josiah, and uncle to King Jeconiah; whom Nebuchadnezzar took and made king of Judea, and called him Zedekiah, which signifies the "justice of the Lord": to put him in mind of doing justly, by observing the covenant and oath after mentioned, or that he must expect vengeance: and made a covenant with him, and hath taken an oath of him;
he gave him the throne and kingdom upon certain conditions to be performed, and for the perform once of which he made him swear by the God of Israel; see ( 2 Chronicles 36:13 ) ; he hath also taken the mighty of the land:
or, "the rams of the land" {x}; the principal men of it for wisdom, riches, and valour, the princes and nobles of it; which he did, as to weaken the nation, that it might not be so capable of rebelling against him, so to be hostages for the performance of the covenant entered into; and this is meant by planting the seed with circumspection, ( Ezekiel 17:5 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F24 (Urah ylya) "arietes terrae", Montanus.
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