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1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

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

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

4 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.

5 He took also of the seed of the land, and planted it in a fruitful field; he placed it by great waters, and set it as a willow tree.

6 And it 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.

7 There was also another great eagle with great wings and many feathers: and, behold, this 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.

8 It was planted in a good soil by great waters, that it might bring forth branches, and that it might bear fruit, that it might be a goodly vine.

9 Say thou, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Shall it prosper? shall 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.

10 Yea, behold, being planted, shall it prosper? shall it not utterly wither, when the east wind toucheth it? it shall wither in the furrows where it grew.

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

12 Say now to the rebellious house, Know ye not what these things mean? tell them, Behold, 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;

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

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

15 But he rebelled against him in sending his ambassadors into Egypt, that they might give him horses and much people. Shall he prosper? shall he escape that doeth such things? or shall he break the covenant, and be delivered?

16 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely in the place where the king dwelleth that made him king, whose oath he despised, and whose covenant he brake, even with him in the midst of Babylon he shall die.

17 Neither 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:

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

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

20 And I will spread my net upon him, and he shall be taken in my snare, and I will bring him to Babylon, and will plead with him there for his trespass that he hath trespassed against me.

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

22 Thus saith the Lord GOD; I 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 a tender one, and will plant it upon an high mountain and eminent:

23 In the mountain of the height of Israel will I plant it: and it shall bring forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be a goodly cedar: and under it shall dwell all fowl of every wing; in the shadow of the branches thereof shall they dwell.

24 And all the trees of the field shall know that I the LORD have brought down the high tree, have exalted the low tree, have dried up the green tree, and have made the dry tree to flourish: I the LORD have spoken and have done it.

Commentary for Ezekiel 17

A parable relative to the Jewish nation. (1-10) to which an explanation is added. (11-21) A direct promise of the Messiah. (22-24)1-10 Mighty conquerors are aptly likened to birds or beasts of prey, but their destructive passions are overruled to forward God's designs. Those who depart from God, only vary their crimes by changing one carnal confidence for another, and never will prosper.

11-21 The parable is explained, and the particulars of the history of the Jewish nation at that time may be traced. Zedekiah had been ungrateful to his benefactor, which is a sin against God. In every solemn oath, God is appealed to as a witness of the sincerity of him that swears. Truth is a debt owing to all men. If the professors of the true religion deal treacherously with those of a false religion, their profession makes their sin the worse; and God will the more surely and severely punish it. The Lord will not hold those guiltless who take his name in vain; and no man shall escape the righteous judgment of God who dies under unrepented guilt.

22-24 The unbelief of man shall not make the promise of God of none effect. The parable of a tree, used in the threatening, is here presented in the promise. It appears only applicable to Jesus, the Son of David, the Messiah of God. The kingdom of Satan, which has borne so long, so large a sway, shall be broken, and the kingdom of Christ, which was looked upon with contempt, shall be established. Blessed be God, our Redeemer is seen even by the ends of the earth. We may find refuge from the wrath to come, and from every enemy and danger, under his shadow; and believers are fruitful in him.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Ezekiel 17

  • Sunday Oladimeji on Ezekiel 17
    Verse 24, exaltation or promotion comes from God.
  • Mary kindell on Ezekiel 17
    My mother was a LPN! She graduated From Tillman nursing school Atlanta,Ga! She was dedicated Nurse! Was married for 35 years to a a minister! I know that she was a member of God s Army and stayed on the battle field for God! Stella Mae Thornton was a wonderful mother and if she told you something it would come to pass! This scripture my mother would read! EZEKIEL-16-6! For bleeding it work! Try it
  • Ham - in Reply on Ezekiel 17
    Sounds like magic !!!
  • Mary Kindell - in Reply on Ezekiel 17
    Thanks! For the comment! It was a miracle! It was a word from God! He does what he said he would do! When you have faith and believe !
  • BSP on Ezekiel 17
    Verses 3 and 7: The eagles mentioned here are figuratively used to represent the kings of Babylon and Egypt.
  • Ian Lockhart on Ezekiel 17
    The tree -- the king. The twigs would be his offshoots, his children.--- A tender one, a young girl, a princess. Did not Jerimiah escape with and protect the kings daughters after the kings sons were slain. Did the Hebrew king not die in captivity. Was not the princess taken and planted in new good land where she took root and bore much fruit thus continuing the Davidic line?
  • Dianna on Ezekiel 17
    Some people are pretend christians religious and some are true christians. Those who are real will prosper and bring forth much fruit...meaning bringing others to Christ and living a consecrated and sanctified life..on the other hand those who are not interested in living for the Lord or do not bring souls to Jesus are unproductive, unfruitful and will remain that way. They just go from one sinful pit wrong way to live to another wrong way never finding the truth nor living it. We can be asssured God will keep his promise us under His wing if we love and serve Him as we are instructed in His Word. The only thing God cannot do is....lie!
  • Irene mutisya on Ezekiel 17
    Mighty conquerors r likend to birds or beast.God wil chose those to represent his glory becoz his glory is great so that they can be frutful and multiply .tha second eagle would represent those who never do the wil of tha father wil b destroyd and wont reproduce anything
  • Minnie Robertson on Ezekiel 17
    I don 't know but it seems to me that the tender branch God is speaking of in verses 22 and 23 is Jesus. He speaks of it bringing forth much fruit. I would like to know what someone else have to say on this subject.
  • ISAYA on Ezekiel 17
    From verse 12 to 20 It looks that all cvenant breakers will not prosper unless they repent.


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