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Ezekiel 17:3

17:3 Say to them: ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: 1 

“‘A great eagle 2  with broad wings, long feathers, 3 

with full plumage which was multi-hued, 4 

came to Lebanon 5  and took the top of the cedar.

1 tn The parable assumes the defection of Zedekiah to Egypt and his rejection of Babylonian lordship.

2 sn The great eagle symbolizes Nebuchadnezzar (17:12).

3 tn Hebrew has two words for wings; it is unknown whether they are fully synonymous or whether one term distinguishes a particular part of the wing such as the wing coverts (nearest the shoulder), secondaries (mid-feathers of the wing) or primaries (last and longest section of the wing).

4 tn This term was used in 16:10, 13, and 18 of embroidered cloth.

5 sn In the parable Lebanon apparently refers to Jerusalem (17:12).

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