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.
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.
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 sn The phrase another great eagle refers to Pharaoh Hophra.