Ezekiel

Ezekiel 17 ©

1Under the parable of two eagles and a vine, 11is shewed God's judgment upon Zedekiah for revolting from Babylon to Egypt. 22A promise of Christ's kingdom.

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AND the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

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Son of man, put forth a ariddle, and speak a parable unto the house of Israel;

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And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; bA great eagle with great wings, longwinged, full of feathers, which had *divers 1colours, ccame unto Lebanon, and took the highest branch of the cedar:

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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.

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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.

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And dit 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.

d v.14. ch. 19.10,11.
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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.

e v.15.
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It fwas planted in a good 3soil by great waters, that it might bring forth branches, and that it might bear fruit, that it might be a goodly vine.

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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.

g Is. 8.9,10,12; 30.1-6; 31.1-3. v.15-21.
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Yea, behold, being planted, shall it prosper? ishall it not utterly wither, when jthe east wind toucheth it? it shall wither in the furrows where it grew.

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¶Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

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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;

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And hath taken of the king's seed, and made a covenant with him, and nhath 4taken an oath of him: he hath also taken othe mighty of the land:

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That pthe kingdom might be *base, that it might not lift itself up, but 5that by keeping of his covenant it might stand.

p Je. 27.12,17. ch. 29.14.
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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?

q 2Ki. 24.20. Je. 52.3. 2Ch. 36.13. Is. 31.1-3; 36.9. Je. 37.5,7. v.7.
r v.9,16-21. Ps. 15.4; 55.23. De. 17.16.
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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.

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uNeither shall Pharaoh with his mighty army and great company make for him in the war, by *casting up mounts, and building forts, to cut off many persons:

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Seeing he despised the oath by breaking the covenant, when, lo, he had vgiven his hand, and hath done all these things, he shall not escape.

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Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; As I live, wsurely mine oath that he hath despised, and my covenant that he hath broken, even it will I recompense upon his own head.

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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.

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And aall his fugitives with all his bands shall fall by the sword, and they that remain shall be bscattered toward all winds: and cye shall know that I the LORD have spoken it.

b Am. 9.9,10.
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¶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:

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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.

g ch. 20.40.
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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.