Ezekiel 17 ©
Under the parable of two eagles and a vine, is shewed God's judgment upon Zedekiah for revolting from Babylon to Egypt. A promise of Christ's kingdom.
AND the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
He cropped off the top of his young twigs, and carried it into a land of *traffick; he set it in a city of merchants.
He took also of the seed of the land, and 2planted it in a fruitful field; he placed it by great waters, and set it as a willow tree.
There was also another great eagle with great wings and many feathers: and, behold, ethis vine did bend her roots toward him, and shot forth her branches toward him, that he might water it by the furrows of her plantation.
Say thou, Thus saith the Lord GOD; gShall it prosper? hshall he not pull up the roots thereof, and cut off the fruit thereof, that it wither? it shall wither in all the leaves of her spring, even without great power or many people to pluck it up by the roots thereof.
¶Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Say now to the krebellious house, lKnow ye not what these things mean ? tell them, mBehold, the king of Babylon is come to Jerusalem, and hath taken the king thereof, and the princes thereof, and led them with him to Babylon;
But qhe rebelled against him in sending his ambassadors into Egypt, that they might give him horses and much people. rShall he prosper? shall he escape that doeth such things ? or shall he break the covenant, and be delivered?
As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely in the place where the king dwelleth that made him king, swhose oath he despised, and whose covenant he brake, even with him tin the midst of Babylon he shall die.
And I will xspread my net upon him, and he shall be taken in my snare, and yI will bring him to Babylon, and zwill plead with him there for his *trespass that he hath trespassed against me.
¶Thus saith the Lord GOD; dI will also take of the highest branch of the high cedar, and will set it; I will crop off from the top of his young twigs ea tender one, and will plant it fupon an high mountain and eminent:
In gthe mountain of the height of Israel will I plant it: hand it shall bring forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be ia goodly cedar: and junder it shall dwell all fowl of every wing; in the shadow of the branches thereof shall they dwell.
And all the trees of the field shall know that kI the LORD have brought down the high tree, have exalted the low tree, have dried up the lgreen tree, and have made the dry tree to flourish: I the LORD have spoken and have done it.