1 The word of the Lord came to me:2 “Son of man, propound a riddle, and speak a parable to the house of Israel; (Eze 2:1; Eze 20:49; Eze 24:3)3 say, Thus says the Lord God: A great eagle with great wings and long pinions, rich in plumage of many colors, came to Lebanon and took the top of the cedar. (Jer 22:23; Jer 48:40; Eze 17:7; Eze 17:22; Eze 31:3; Eze 31:10)4 He broke off the topmost of its young twigs and carried it to a land of trade and set it in a city of merchants.5 Then he took of the seed of the land and planted it in fertile soil.
1. Hebrew in a field of seed
 He placed it beside abundant waters. He set it like a willow twig, (De 8:7; Isa 44:4)6 and it sprouted and became a low spreading vine, and its branches turned toward him, and its roots remained where it stood. So it became a vine and produced branches and put out boughs. (Eze 15:6; Eze 17:14)7 “And there was another great eagle with great wings and much plumage, and behold, this vine bent its roots toward him and shot forth its branches toward him from the bed where it was planted, that he might water it. (Eze 17:15; Eze 31:4)8 It had been planted on good soil by abundant waters, that it might produce branches and bear fruit and become a noble vine. (Eze 17:5)9 “Say, Thus says the Lord God: Will it thrive? Will he not pull up its roots and cut off its fruit, so that it withers, so that all its fresh sprouting leaves wither? It will not take a strong arm or many people to pull it from its roots. (Eze 17:7)10 Behold, it is planted; will it thrive? Will it not utterly wither when the east wind strikes it—wither away on the bed where it sprouted?” (Eze 19:12; Ho 13:15)11 Then the word of the Lord came to me:12 “Say now to the rebellious house, Do you not know what these things mean? Tell them, behold, the king of Babylon came to Jerusalem, and took her king and her princes and brought them to him to Babylon. (2Ki 24:11; Eze 2:3; Eze 12:9)13 And he took one of the royal offspring
1. Hebrew seed
 and made a covenant with him, putting him under oath (the chief men of the land he had taken away), (2Ki 24:14; 2Ki 24:17; 2Ch 36:13; Eze 17:15; Eze 17:18; Eze 21:23)14 that the kingdom might be humble and not lift itself up, and keep his covenant that it might stand.15 But he rebelled against him by sending his ambassadors to Egypt, that they might give him horses and a large army. Will he thrive? Can one escape who does such things? Can he break the covenant and yet escape? (De 17:16; 2Ki 24:20; 2Ch 36:13; Isa 31:1; Isa 31:3; Isa 36:6; Isa 36:9; Jer 37:5; Eze 16:59; Eze 17:7; Eze 17:9; Eze 17:13; Eze 23:27)16 “As I live, declares the Lord God, surely in the place where the king dwells who made him king, whose oath he despised, and whose covenant with him he broke, in Babylon he shall die. (Eze 12:13; Eze 16:48; Eze 17:13)17 Pharaoh with his mighty army and great company will not help him in war, when mounds are cast up and siege walls built to cut off many lives. (Jer 37:5; Eze 4:2; Eze 17:15)18 He despised the oath in breaking the covenant, and behold, he gave his hand and did all these things; he shall not escape.19 Therefore thus says the Lord God: As I live, surely it is my oath that he despised, and my covenant that he broke. I will return it upon his head.20 I will spread my net over him, and he shall be taken in my snare, and I will bring him to Babylon and enter into judgment with him there for the treachery he has committed against me. (Eze 12:13; Eze 14:13; Eze 20:35; Eze 38:22)21 And all the pick
1. Some Hebrew manuscripts, Syriac, Targum; most Hebrew manuscripts all the fugitives
 of his troops shall fall by the sword, and the survivors shall be scattered to every wind, and you shall know that I am the Lord; I have spoken.” (Eze 5:10; Eze 17:24; Eze 21:17; Eze 21:32; Eze 26:5; Eze 26:14; Eze 28:10; Eze 30:12; Eze 34:24; Eze 39:5)22 Thus says the Lord God: “I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of the cedar and will set it out. I will break off from the topmost of its young twigs a tender one, and I myself will plant it on a high and lofty mountain. (Ps 2:6; Eze 17:3; Eze 17:4)23 On the mountain height of Israel will I plant it, that it may bear branches and produce fruit and become a noble cedar. And under it will dwell every kind of bird; in the shade of its branches birds of every sort will nest. (Eze 20:40; Eze 31:6; Eze 34:14; Da 4:12; Mt 13:32)24 And all the trees of the field shall know that I am the Lord; I bring low the high tree, and make high the low tree, dry up the green tree, and make the dry tree flourish. I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it.” (Eze 20:47; Eze 21:26; Eze 22:14; Eze 24:14; Eze 36:36; Eze 37:14; Lu 23:31)