- The word of the LORD came to me:
- "Son of man, set forth an allegory
and tell the house of Israel a parable.
- Say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign
LORD says: A great eagle with powerful wings, long feathers and full plumage
of varied colors came to Lebanon. Taking hold of the top of a cedar,
- he broke off its topmost shoot and carried
it away to a land of merchants, where he planted it in a city of traders.
- "'He took some of the seed of your
land and put it in fertile soil. He planted it like a willow by abundant water,
- and it sprouted and became a low, spreading
vine. Its branches turned toward him, but its roots remained under it. So
it became a vine and produced branches and put out leafy boughs.
- "'But there was another great eagle
with powerful wings and full plumage. The vine now sent out its roots toward
him from the plot where it was planted and stretched out its branches to him
- It had been planted in good soil by abundant
water so that it would produce branches, bear fruit and become a splendid
- "Say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign
LORD says: Will it thrive? Will it not be uprooted and stripped of its fruit
so that it withers? All its new growth will wither. It will not take a strong
arm or many people to pull it up by the roots.
- Even if it is transplanted, will it thrive?
Will it not wither completely when the east wind strikes it -- wither away
in the plot where it grew ?'"
- Then the word of the LORD came to me:
- "Say to this rebellious house, 'Do
you not know what these things mean?' Say to them: 'The king of Babylon went
to Jerusalem and carried off her king and her nobles, bringing them back with
him to Babylon.
- 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,
- so that the kingdom would be brought low,
unable to rise again, surviving only by keeping his treaty.
- But the king rebelled against him by sending
his envoys to Egypt to get horses and a large army. Will he succeed? Will
he who does such things escape? Will he break the treaty and yet escape ?
- "'As surely as I live, declares the
Sovereign LORD, he shall die in Babylon, in the land of the king who put him
on the throne, whose oath he despised and whose treaty he broke.
- Pharaoh with his mighty army and great horde
will be of no help to him in war, when ramps are built and siege works erected
to destroy many lives.
- He despised the oath by breaking the covenant.
Because he had given his hand in pledge and yet did all these things, he shall
- "'Therefore this is what the Sovereign
LORD says: As surely as I live, I will bring down on his head my oath that
he despised and my covenant that he broke.
- I will spread my net for him, and he will
be caught in my snare. I will bring him to Babylon and execute judgment upon
him there because he was unfaithful to me.
- All his fleeing troops will fall by the
sword, and the survivors will be scattered to the winds. Then you will know
that I the LORD have spoken.
- "'This is what the Sovereign LORD says:
I myself will take a shoot from the very top of a cedar and plant it; I will
break off a tender sprig from its topmost shoots and plant it on a high and
- On the mountain heights of Israel I will
plant it; it will produce branches and bear fruit and become a splendid cedar.
Birds of every kind will nest in it; they will find shelter in the shade of
- All the trees of the field will know that
I the LORD bring down the tall tree and make the low tree grow tall. I dry
up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. "'I the LORD have spoken,
and I will do it.'"