Atlanta Bible Students
The Book of Ezekiel

Chapter 17
Go To Verse 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
This chapter may be broken down into the following segments:
Verses 1-2 – God's instruction to the "Son of Man."
Verses 3-10 – The Riddle
Verses   3-6 – Section I – The First Great Eagle
Verses  7-10 – Section II – Another Great Eagle
Verses 22-24 – Section IV – God's Wrap-up of the Riddle
Verses 11-21 – Section III – The Parable (type – nominal fleshly Israel, and antitype – nominal spiritual Israel)

[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 traffic; 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.

Verses 1-2  Expanded Bible Comments

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;
QuestionAnswer
In verse 1, who is "me?" Ezekiel, picturing Pastor Russell. – see Son of Man
How is he addressed? As "Son of man."
What is he to put forth? A riddle.
In what manner is he to speak to "the house of Israel?" In a parable. – R1000; R1498
What does this suggest as to the origin of the message? Matt. 13:34-35; Psa. 78:2 – This is the normal way the Lord gives His messages. They are not designed for the casual hearer/reader. In order to understand them one needs to be guided by the Holy Spirit. – 2 Pet. 1:20-21

A break-down of vss. 3-6

– Note – The wings of this eagle has various colors.

The great eagle with great wings does the following:
 1) Came to Lebanon
 2) Took the highest branch of the cedar
 3) Cropped off the top of his young twigs
a) carried it to a land of traffic
b) set it in a city of merchants
 4) Took the seed of the land
a) planted that tree in a fruitful field
b) put it by great waters
c) set it as a willow tree

This resulted in:
1) The tree became a spreading vine – of low stature
– its branches turned toward the great eagle
– the roots of this vine were under the great eagle
– It BECAME a vine
– It brought forth branches
– It shot forth sprigs.
The Riddle

Section I – Verses 3-6 Section II – Verses 7-10 Section IV – Verses 22-24
The Wisdom [eagle] of God's Plan during the Gospel Age
The Wisdom [eagle] of Satan's Counterfeit Plan during the Gospel Age
What God does during the Millennial Age
[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 traffic; 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. [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.

Section I – Verses 3-6 Section II – Verses 7-10 Section IV – Verses 22-24
Great Eagle with great wings full of feathers Great Eagle with great wings many feathers The Lord God (Attribute of Wisdom pictured by Eagle)
Takes highest branch of the cedar. Takes this (already existing) vine. – vs. 6 Takes highest branch of the high cedar.
Cropped off top of young twigs. Will crop off from the top of his young twigs.
Carried to a land of traffic.
Set it in a city of merchants.
Mingled it with the seed of the land.
Planted in a fruitful field, by great waters. Planted in good soil, by great waters. Will plant upon an high mountain.
Set it to be as an eminent tree. Planted in an eminent mountain, the mountain of the height of Israel.
The Lord brings down the high (eminent, willow) tree.
It became a vine of low stature. It might be a goodly vine. It shall be a goodly cedar.
It brought forth branches and shot forth sprigs. It might bring forth branches. It might bear fruit. It shall bring forth boughs (strong branches.) It shall bear fruit.
Branches turned toward him. Her branches were toward him. All fowl of every wing shall dwell in the shadow of the branches.
The roots were under him. Her roots were toward him. (From vs. 9) The vine is plucked up by the roots.



We make the following suggestion: Verses 3-6 and 7-10 constitute the "Riddle" of verse 2, while verses 11-21 constitute the "Parable." The parable really indicating type and anti-type and applies to both the nominal Jewish house and to the nominal Christian house.

Comparing the Two Eagles
First Eagle
Second Eagle
Verses 3-4: 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 traffic; he set it in a city of merchants. Verse 7: There was also another great eagle with great wings and many feathers: and, behold, this vine did bend her roots toward him...
A great eagle. Far-sighted, Wisdom. A great eagle. Far-sighted, Wisdom.
Great wings. Very strong, able to lift to fly high. Able to protect those under his wings. – It is suggested that this first eagle pictures the Wisdom [eagle] of God's Plan during the Gospel Age. Great wings. Very strong, able to lift to fly high. Able to protect those under his wings. – It is suggested that this second eagle pictures The Wisdom [eagle] of Satan's Counterfeit Plan during the Gospel Age. – Isa. 14:12-14. Satan tries to be like God, so he creates a counterfeit plan. But that plan falls short in every way.
Longwinged. Suggests the stronger of the two, able to fly higher and farther, and to provide greater protection.
Full of feathers. – Full
Strong's H4392
מָלֵא
mâlê'
maw-lay'
From H4390; full (literally or figuratively) or filling (literally); also (concretely) fulness; adverbially fully: - X she that was with child, fill (-ed, -ed with), full (-ly), multitude, as is worth.
1st eagle is complete (lacking nothing) with feathers. Psa. 91:4; Matt. 23:37
Many feathers. – Many
Strong's H7227
רַב
rab
rab
By contraction from H7231; abundant (in quantity, size, age, number, rank, quality): - (in) abound (-undance, -ant, -antly), captain, elder, enough, exceedingly, full, great (-ly, man, one), increase, long (enough, [time]), (do, have) many (-ifold, things, a time), ([ship-]) master, mighty, more, (too, very) much, multiply (-tude), officer, often [-times], plenteous, populous, prince, process [of time], suffice (-ient).
2nd eagle has many feathers, but not complete as is the 1st eagle.
"Full" vs. "Many"
This is a similar concept to the difference between Bible Students and "Jehovah's Witness" concerning the Ransom. Bible Students understand that Jesus gave his life as "a ransom for all." JW's say he gave his life as "a ransom for all sorts of people." All means 100%. All sorts could mean 85%, 20%, 1% or even less, so long as you get at least 1 of every "sort."
Has diverse (various) colors. God makes use of colors to instruct us. Blue – faithfulness; Red – ransom, blood; Green – Earthly life, restitution; Gold – things divine (divine nature, promises); Silver – great company; truth; etc. God's Truth (plan) is full of color. No colors. Satan's counterfeit is shallow, has no color.
The suggestion has been made that the two eagles may picture the Old and New Testaments – Rev. 12:14. While it is clear that this Revelation picture does refer to the Old and New Testaments, yet in that picture there is only one "great eagle," not two. If we applied the thought that the two eagles picture the Old and New testaments, it would seem logical that the First great eagle would then picture the Old and the Second the New. Based on what we have covered so far, the more complete of these two great eagles is the First. That would then suggest that the Old Testament is the more complete, and the new is of less importance.
For this reason we are inclined to, at least for now, reject this line of reasoning.
Comes to Lebanon (picturing Israel, in this case, those who were chosen to become Spiritual Israel.)
Took the highest branch of the cedar. – Jesus being the "branch."
He cropped off the top of his young twigs [sprouts]. – The top (the best) of is young twigs (the early church.) The followers of Jesus during His first advent. "To take out .. a people for his name." Acts 15:14. This vine – already existing vine (see Verse 6.) This "spreading vine of low stature" (nominal spiritual Israel – which contained the true wheat) was the antitype of natural Israel, who was described by God as being His vineyard. Isa. 5.
Carried it into a land of traffic. – The apostles not only were the shining lamps for the early church, but some (especially Paul) spread the Gospel to various parts of the world (a land of traffic.)

Traffic
Strong's H3667
כְּנַעַן
kenaan
ken-ah'-an
From H3665; humiliated; Kenaan, a son of Ham; also the country inhabited by him: - Canaan, merchant, traffick.
We notice that this word "traffick" – Strong's H3667 is almost always translated as "Canaan."
"This vine did bend her roots toward him."
The vine of the Lord's planting, the true church, as it became filled more and more with those of the world, turned their attention to the outward show of power and authority of the church of Rome. Thus did they "bend her roots toward him," – towards the Wisdom [eagle] of the Adversary's counterfeit plan (and toward its representative the pope.)
He set it in a city of merchants.
Merchants
Strong's H7402
רָכַל
râkal
raw-kal'
A primitive root; to travel for trading: - (spice) merchant.
This appears to refer to the Truth being discussed in the market-place of ideas. The Lord's people witnessed to the Truth wherever they went. In the early church, this was still primarialy in Israel, in the land of Canaan.

Continue Comparing the Two Eagles
First Eagle
Second Eagle
Verses 5-6: 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. Verses 7-9: .. 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.
"He took also of the seed of the land." – The land was the land of Canaan. God took from those who had a degree of nobility, having been at least somewhat educated in the law, and therefore might be expected to produce fruit.
"And planted it in a fruitful field." – The field had already produced a certain amount of fruit. Matt. 13:24-25. "It was planted in a good soil." – The expectation was that this should produce fruitage. Matt. 13:24-25
"He placed it by the great waters."Rev. 17:15 "By great waters."Rev. 17:15; 16:12
"Set it as a willow tree."
Strong's H6851
צַפְצָפָה
tsaphtsâphâh
tsaf-tsaw-faw'
From H6687; a willow (as growing in overflowed places): - willow tree.
This is the only place in the Bible where this word is used. Both Brenton and YLT translate this as being set "in a conspicuous place." We suggest that both thoughts are contained in this word, i.e., a willow tree and in a conspicuous place. Those seeking to the Lord during the Gospel Age would come to find shelter from the heat of the day under the branches of the willow tree. This is a well watered tree. The True Church (of the Father's planting) is designed to ultimately be (with His Son) in the most prominant place in the Kingdom.
While there is nothing directly corresponding in these verses concerning the "willow tree" or "in a conspicuous place," we do know that under the Adversary's counterfeit plan [wisdom, eagle] the church of Rome and later its daughters, [organized Protestant churches,] managed to set it up to be very conspicuous. – As of 2018 there were 1.2 billion Roman Catholics and 900 million Protestants in the world. – Somehow this seems too large to constitute the "little flock." Luke 12:32
"It grew, and became a spreading vine of low stature." – It became the true vine of the Father's planting. It was of low stature. 1 Cor. 1:26
"Whose branches turned toward him." – The ecclesias turned to the Heavenly Father's wise plan centered in His Son. "Shot forth her branches toward him."
This may have reference to the time of the Protestant Reformation. During that time the church nominal broke into various factions (Lutherans, Baptists, Anglicans, etc.) These no longer looked to the Pope, but they (the majority) did still follow the false teachings [wisdom, eagle] of the Adversary.
The churches became worldly and looked to the outward show of religion, following the counterfeit plan [eagle] of the Adversary.
"That he might water it by the furrows of her plantation."
The wisdom [eagle] of the counterfeit plan "waters" with the polluted teachings of his "aboninations" the nominal church. This is done by the furrows (channels) of her plantation (the various false churches and their various false doctrines.) The key word here is "might."
"Let us be good sheep! Let us not stray from the Fold, .. nor be attracted away from the .. pure waters, .. or to drink of the muddy, polluted waters of human speculation and delusive theories of men." R5491:2
"And the roots thereof were under him."Eph. 3:17-19; Prov. 12:3,12; Isa. 11:10 See above.
"It became a vine." – It actually became the vine of the Lord, the true church, the embryo new creation. "It might be a goodly vine." – The Adversary wanted his wise? [eagle] counterfeit plan to produce a vine, the church, worshipping him.
"It brought forth branches." – Ecclesias of the true church. "It might bring forth branches."
"And shot forth sprigs." – Growth. "It might bear fruit."
Verse 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.

The nominal church was planted (according to the Adversary's wisdom [eagle, counterfeit plan,] but did it prosper? Only as an earthly organization. From the spiritual standpoint it did NOT prosper.
When the "east wind" came from the loosing of "the four winds," "that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared," "it" (Christendom) [the result of following the counterfeit eagle, wisdom, plan] did indeed wither away. Rev. 7:1; 16:12; Isa. 34:4
Did it "wither in the furrows where it grew?" It was in the furrows where the vine of the earth was watered. When it came time to harvest the vine of the earth (in 1914) the fruitage was harvested from those furrows (denominations) and it was "cast into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trodden outside of the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs." – 1600 years from 314-1914 A.D. – Rev. 14:19-20



Section III – What about Verses 11-21?

Begin Here November 20, 2018
Br. Perry has supplied the following to help follow these verses:

Ezekiel 17 verse 11. Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Verse 12 Say now to the rebellious house, Know ye not what these things mean? tell them, Behold, the king of Babylon [Nebuchadnezzar] is come to Jerusalem, and hath taken the king thereof [Jehoiakim], and the princes thereof, and led them with him to Babylon;
Verse 13 And hath taken of the king's seed [family], and made a covenant with him [Jehoiachin], and hath taken an oath of him [Jehoiachin]: he hath also taken the mighty of the land [the government, and smart people of Israel, e.g., Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, Azariah] :
Verse 14 That the kingdom [Israel] might be humble, that it might not lift itself up, but that by keeping of his [Israel’s] covenant [with Babylon, and God too] it might stand.
Verse 15 But he [Mattaniah was made “King” of Israel, and renamed “Zedekiah” (by Nebuchadnezzar)] rebelled against him [Nebuchadnezzar] in sending his [Zedekiah’s] ambassadors into Egypt, that they might give him horses and much people. Shall he [Zedekiah] prosper? shall he [Zedekiah] escape that doeth such things? or shall he [Zedekiah] break the covenant [with Babylon], and be delivered [from Nebuchadnezzar, and God’s wrath, due to the 70 years prophecy of desolation of the land due to the failure to properly let the land rest acccording to the Sabbath system. 2 Chron. 36:21]
Verse 16 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely in the place where the king [of Babylon] dwelleth that made him [Zedekiah] "king" [of Israel] whose oath [with Babylon] he [Zedekiah] despised, and whose covenant [with Babylon] he [Zedekiah] brake, even with him [Nebchadnezzar] in the midst of Babylon he [Zedekiah] shall die.
Verse 17 (CEV) Even the king of Egypt and his powerful army will be useless to Judah when the Babylonians attack and build dirt ramps to invade the cities of Judah and kill its people.
Verse 18 Seeing he [Zedekiah] despised the oath by breaking the covenant, when, lo, he had given his hand, and hath done all these things, he shall not escape.
Verse 19 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; As I live, surely mine oath that he [Zedekiah] hath despised [re: Israel’s captivity in Babylon; and 70 years desolation of the land in Israel (to make up for the Jubilees)], and my covenant that he hath broken, even it will I recompense upon his own head.
Verse 20 And I [God] will spread my net upon him [Israel], and he shall be taken in my snare, and I will bring him to Babylon [11 years after the first group was taken there, (e.g., Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego)], and there I will be his judge for the wrong which he has done against me [God]. [KJV & BBE]
Verse 21 And all his fugitives with all his bands shall fall by the sword [Zedekiah’s sons & family killed in his sight], and they that remain [in Jerusalem] shall be scattered toward all winds [e.g., to Egypt]: and ye shall know that I the LORD have spoken it. [about the 70 years desolation of the land etc.]

Let us examine verses 11-21
The Parable

[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 enter into judgment 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.

Verses 11-12  Expanded Bible Comments

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;
Moreover the word of the LORD came unto Ezekiel, saying, [12] Say now to [Judah] the rebellious house, Do you not know what these things mean? tell them, Behold, King Nebudcadnezzar of Babylon is come to Jerusalem, and has taken king Jehoiachin, and the princes thereof, and led them with him to Babylon;
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Who is speaking? God.
To whom is he speaking? Ezekiel.
Is there a reason why he does NOT address him as "son of man?" Perhaps this is being addressed more to the Prophet Ezekiel because it is focusing on the Type. This would NOT exclude it applying to nominal Spiritual Israel during the Gospel Age, but the emphasis seems to be: First understand the Type, then you will be better enabled to understand the anti-type.
To whom is Ezekiel to speak? To "the rebellious house," i.e., to nominal fleshly Israel.
"Do you not know what these things mean?" Who is "you?" and Why would this question need to be asked? "You" is nominal fleshly Israel. This is asked largely as a reminder to King Zedekiah that he was placed upon the throne on the condition that he serve the King of Babylon. – see the following verses.
"Tell them." Remind them (and especially Zedekiah) that he made this oath.
"Behold, the king of Babylon is come to Jerusalem." Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon came to Jerusalem in the days of King Jehoiachin.
"And [the king of Babylon] hath taken the king [Jehoiachin, king of Jerusalem] thereof, and the princes thereof [of Jerusalem], and led them with him [the king of Babylon] to Babylon." In other words, King Jehoiachin and his court (those who supported his authority) were all removed by King Nebuchadnezzar and taken to Babylon.

Verse 13  Expanded Bible Comments

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:
And hath taken of the king's seed [his brother Zedekiah], and made a covenant with him, and hath taken an oath of Zedekiah: he hath also taken the mighty of the land:
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"Hath taken of the king's seed, and made a covenant with him." What does that mean? This refers to Zedekiah agreeing (making a covenant) to be the servant of King Nebuchadnezzar (thus "taking of the king's seed.") – R3623
"Hath taken an oath of him". It was only because Zedekiah made this oath with Nebuchadnezzar that he was made king.
"He hath also taken the mighty of the land." This likely refers to Zedekiah taking the strongest (and probably the most vicious) of those remaining in Jerusalem to be his court, i.e., his bodyguard.

Verse 14  Expanded Bible Comments

That the kingdom might be base, that it might not lift itself up, but that by keeping of his covenant it might stand.
That the kingdom [of Judah, headquartered in Jerusalem] might be base, that it might not lift itself up, but that by keeping of his covenant [with king Nebuchadnezzar] it might stand.
QuestionAnswer
What is meant by "That the kingdom might be base?" That Judah may be humbled.
What is meant by "That it might not lift itself up?" That the kingdom should not become arrogant.
How would "keeping of his covenant" possibly allow the kingdom of Judah to stand? The covenant made by King Zedekiah with Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon would not have to worry about Judah rebelling. Howerer, the main point is really that Zedekiah should have been faithful to God. Eventually he broke both covenants (1 - with God, and 2 - with Babylon.)

Verse 15  Expanded Bible Comments

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?
But Zedekiah rebelled against Nebuchadnezzar in sending his ambassadors into Egypt, that they might give him horses and much people. Shall Zedekiah prosper? shall Zedekiah escape that does such things? or shall Zedekiah break the covenant [with king Nebuchadnezzar], and be delivered?
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Did Zedekiah keep his covenant with Nebuchadnezzar? Not only did Zedekiah go the wrong way by making league with the king of Babylon, and rejecting God, but now he did not even remain obedient to that arrangement. Instead "he [Zekekiah] regelled against him [Nebuchadnezzar] in sending his ambassadors into Egypt."

Verse 16  Expanded Bible Comments

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.
As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely in the place where king Nebuchadnezzar dwells that made Zedekiah king, whose oath Zedekiah despised, and whose covenant Zedekiah brake, even with king Nebuchadnezzar in the midst of Babylon Zedekiah shall die.
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Verse 17  Expanded Bible Comments

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:
Neither shall Pharaoh with his mighty army and great company make for Zedekiah in the war, by casting up mounts, and building forts, to cut off many persons:
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Verse 18  Expanded Bible Comments

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.
Seeing Zedekiah despised the oath by breaking the covenant, when, lo, Zedekiah had given his hand, and hath done all these things, Zedekiah shall not escape.
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Verse 19  Expanded Bible Comments

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.
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; As I live, surely mine oath that Zedekiah hath despised, and my covenant that Zedekiah hath broken, even it will I recompense upon Zedekiah's own head.
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Verse 20  Expanded Bible Comments

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 enter into judgment with him there for his trespass that he hath trespassed against me.
And I will spread my net upon Zedekiah, and Zedekiah shall be taken in my snare, and I will bring Zedekiah to Babylon, and will enter into judgment with Zedekiah there for Zedekiah's trespass that Zedekiah hath trespassed against me.
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Verse 21  Expanded Bible Comments

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.
And all Zedekiah's fugitives with all Zedekiah's 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.
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[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.

Verse 22  Expanded Bible Comments

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:
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Verse 23  Expanded Bible Comments

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.
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Verse 24  Expanded Bible Comments

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.
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[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 enter into judgment 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.

Verse 11  Expanded Bible Comments

Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
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Verse 12  Expanded Bible Comments

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;
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Verse 13  Expanded Bible Comments

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:
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Verse 14  Expanded Bible Comments

That the kingdom might be base, that it might not lift itself up, but that by keeping of his covenant it might stand.
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Verse 15  Expanded Bible Comments

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?
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Verse 16  Expanded Bible Comments

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.
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Verse 17  Expanded Bible Comments

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:
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Verse 18  Expanded Bible Comments

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.
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Verse 19  Expanded Bible Comments

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.
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Verse 20  Expanded Bible Comments

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 enter into judgment with him there for his trespass that he hath trespassed against me.
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Verse 21  Expanded Bible Comments

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.
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