Bible: Ezekiel 17:2-10
with full plumage which was multi-hued, 5
came to Lebanon 6 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 seedlings 7 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
So it became a vine; it produced shoots and sent out branches.
17:7 “‘There was another great eagle 12
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 rot 13 and wither?
All its foliage 14 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?’”