17:3 Say to them: ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: 1
with full plumage which was multi-hued, 4
came to Lebanon 5 and took the top of the cedar.
17:12 “Say to the rebellious house of Israel: 6 ‘Don’t you know what these things mean?’ 7 Say: ‘See here, the king of Babylon came to Jerusalem 8 and took her king and her officials prisoner and brought them to himself in Babylon.
1 tn The parable assumes the defection of Zedekiah to Egypt and his rejection of Babylonian lordship.
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).
6 tn The words “of Israel” are not in the Hebrew text, but are supplied in the translation as a clarification of the referent.
sn The book of Ezekiel frequently refers to the Israelites as a rebellious house (Ezek 2:5, 6, 8; 3:9, 26-27; 12:2-3, 9, 25; 17:12; 24:3).