17 1And the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying,
2Son of man, put
forth a riddle, and speak a parable unto the house of Israel;
Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: A great eagle with great wings and long pinions,
full of feathers, which had divers colors, came unto Lebanon, and took the
top of the cedar:
4he cropped off the topmost of the young twigs thereof,
and carried it unto a land of traffic; he set it in a city of merchants.
5He took also of the seed of the land, and planted it in a fruitful soil;
he placed it beside many waters; he set it as a willow-tree.
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.
7There was also another
great eagle with great wings and many feathers: and, behold, this vine did
bend its roots toward him, and shot forth its branches toward him, from the
beds of its plantation, that he might water it.
8It was planted in a good
soil by many waters, that it might bring forth branches, and that it might
bear fruit, that it might be a goodly vine.
9Say thou, Thus saith the
Lord Jehovah: Shall it prosper? shall he not pull up the roots thereof, and
cut off the fruit thereof, that it may wither; that all its fresh springing
leaves may wither? and not by a strong arm or much people can it be raised
from the roots thereof.
10Yea, behold, being planted, shall it prosper?
shall it not utterly wither, when the east wind toucheth it? it shall wither
in the beds where it grew.
11Moreover the word of Jehovah came unto me,
12Say now to the rebellious house, Know ye not what these things
mean? tell them, Behold, the king of Babylon came to Jerusalem, and took the
king thereof, and the princes thereof, and brought them to him to Babylon:
13and he took of the seed royal, and made a covenant with him; he also
brought him under an oath, and took away the mighty of the land;
the kingdom might be base, that it might not lift itself up, but that by
keeping his covenant it might stand.
15But he rebelled against him in
sending his ambassadors into Egypt, that they might give him horses and much
people. Shall he prosper? shall he escape that doeth such things? shall he
break the covenant, and yet escape?
16As I live, saith the Lord Jehovah,
surely in the place where the king dwelleth that made him king, whose oath he
despised, and whose covenant he brake, even with him in the midst of Babylon
he shall die.
17Neither shall Pharaoh with his mighty army and great
company help him in the war, when they cast up mounds and build forts, to cut
off many persons.
18For he hath despised the oath by breaking the
covenant; and behold, he had given his hand, and yet hath done all these
things; he shall not escape.
19Therefore thus saith the Lord Jehovah: As
I live, surely mine oath that he hath despised, and my covenant that he hath
broken, I will even bring it upon his own head.
20And I will spread my
net upon him, and he shall be taken in my snare, and I will bring him to
Babylon, and will enter into judgment with him there for his trespass that he
hath trespassed against me.
21And all his fugitives in all his bands
shall fall by the sword, and they that remain shall be scattered toward every
wind: and ye shall know that I, Jehovah, have spoken it.
22Thus saith the
Lord Jehovah: I will also take of the lofty top of the cedar, and will set
it; I will crop off from the topmost of its young twigs a tender one, and I
will plant it upon a high and lofty mountain:
23in the mountain of the
height of Israel will I plant it; and it shall bring forth boughs, and bear
fruit, and be a goodly cedar: and under it shall dwell all birds of every
wing; in the shade of the branches thereof shall they dwell.
the trees of the field shall know that I, Jehovah, have brought down the high
tree, have exalted the low tree, have dried up the green tree, and have made
the dry tree to flourish; I, Jehovah, have spoken and have done it.