A Parable of Two Eagles and a Vine
17:1 The word of the
“‘A great eagle3 with broad wings, long feathers,4
with full plumage which was multi-hued,5
came to Lebanon6 and took the top of the cedar.
17:4 He plucked off its topmost shoot;
he brought it to a land of merchants
and planted it in a city of traders.
17:5 He took one of the seedlings7 of the land,
placed it in a cultivated plot;8
a shoot by abundant water,
like a willow he planted it.
17:6 It sprouted and became a vine,
spreading low to the ground;9
its branches turning toward him,10 its roots were under itself.11
So it became a vine; it produced shoots and sent out branches.
17:7 “‘There was another great eagle12
with broad wings and thick plumage.
Now this vine twisted its roots toward him
and sent its branches toward him
to be watered from the soil where it was planted.
17:8 In a good field, by abundant waters, it was planted
to grow branches, bear fruit, and become a beautiful vine.
17:9 “‘Say to them: This is what the sovereign
“‘Will it prosper?
Will he not rip out its roots
and cause its fruit to rot13 and wither?
All its foliage14 will wither.
No strong arm or large army
will be needed to pull it out by its roots.15
17:10 Consider! It is planted, but will it prosper?
Will it not wither completely when the east wind blows on it?
Will it not wither in the soil where it sprouted?’”
17:11 Then the word of the
17:16 “‘As surely as I live, declares the sovereign
17:19 “‘Therefore this is what the sovereign
17:22 “‘This is what the sovereign
“‘I will take a sprig30 from the lofty top of the cedar and plant it.31
I will pluck from the top one of its tender twigs;
I myself will plant it on a high and lofty mountain.
17:23 I will plant it on a high mountain of Israel,
and it will raise branches and produce fruit and become a beautiful cedar.
Every bird will live under it;
Every winged creature will live in the shade of its branches.
17:24 All the trees of the field will know that I am the
I make the green tree wither, and I make the dry tree sprout.