Ezekiel 17:1-8

1 God's Message came to me:
2 "Son of man, make a riddle for the house of Israel. Tell them a story.
3 Say, 'God, the Master, says: "'A great eagle with a huge wingspan and long feathers, In full plumage and bright colors, came to Lebanon And took the top off a cedar,
4 broke off the top branch, Took it to a land of traders, and set it down in a city of shopkeepers.
5 Then he took a cutting from the land and planted it in good, well-watered soil, like a willow on a riverbank.
6 It sprouted into a flourishing vine, low to the ground. Its branches grew toward the eagle and the roots became established - A vine putting out shoots, developing branches.
7 "'There was another great eagle with a huge wingspan and thickly feathered. This vine sent out its roots toward him from the place where it was planted. Its branches reached out to him so he could water it from a long distance.
8 It had been planted in good, well-watered soil, And it put out branches and bore fruit, and became a noble vine.
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