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Ezekiel 17:3-4

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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.

17:4 He plucked off its topmost shoot;

he brought it to a land of merchants

and planted it in a city of traders.

Ezekiel 17:22

Context

17:22 “‘This is what the sovereign Lord says:

“‘I will take a sprig 6  from the lofty top of the cedar and plant it. 7 

I will pluck from the top one of its tender twigs;

I myself will plant it on a high and lofty mountain.

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).

6 sn The language is analogous to messianic imagery in Isa 11:1; Zech 3:8; 6:4 although the technical terminology is not the same.

7 tc The LXX lacks “and plant it.”



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