1 Et factum est verbum Do mini ad me dicens:
2 "Fili ho minis, propone aenigma et narra parabolam ad domum Israel
3 et dices: Haec dicit Dominus Deus: Aquila grandis magnarum alarum, longo pennarum ductu, plena plumis et varietate, venit ad Libanum et tulit cacumen cedri;
4 summitatem frondium eius avellit et transportavit eam in terram Chanaan, in urbem negotiatorum posuit illam.
5 Et tulit de semine terrae et posuit illud in terra pro semine, super aquas multas, quasi salicem posuit illud,
6 ut germinaret et cresceret in vineam latiorem humili statura, respicientibus ramis eius ad illam, et radices eius sub illa essent. Facta est ergo vinea et fructificavit in palmites et emisit propagines.
7 Et fuit aquila altera grandis, magnis alis multisque plumis; et ecce vinea ista, quasi mittens radices suas ad eam, palmites suos extendit ad illam, ut irrigaret eam abundantius quam areolae, in quibus erat plantata.
8 In terra bona super aquas multas plantata est, ut faciat frondes et portet fructum et sit in vineam grandem.
9 Dic: Haec dicit Dominus Deus: Ergone prosperabitur? Nonne radices eius evellet et fructum eius distringet, et marcescent omnia recentia germina eius, et arescet? Et non opus erit brachio grandi neque populo multo, ut evellat eam radicitus.
10 Ecce plantata est; ergone prosperabitur? Nonne, cum tetigerit eam ventus urens, siccabitur et in areis, in quibus germinaverat, arescet?".
11 Et factum est verbum Domini ad me dicens:
12 "Dic ad domum exasperantem: Nescitis quid ista significent? Dic: Ecce venit rex Babylonis Ierusalem et assumpsit regem et principes eius et adduxit eos ad semetipsum in Babylonem;
13 et tulit de semine regni pepigitque cum eo foedus et accepit ab eo iusiurandum, sed et fortes terrae sustulit,
14 ut esset regnum humile et non elevaretur, sed custodiret pactum eius et servaret illud.
15 Qui recedens ab eo, misit nuntios ad Aegyptum, ut daret sibi equos et populum multum. Numquid prosperabitur vel consequetur salutem, qui fecit haec? Et, qui dissolvit pactum, numquid effugiet?
16 Vivo ego, dicit Dominus Deus, quoniam in loco regis, qui constituit eum regem, cuius fecit irritum iuramentum et solvit pactum, quod habebat cum eo, in medio Babylonis morietur.
17 Et non in exercitu grandi neque in populo multo adiuvabit eum pharao in proelio, in iactu aggeris et in exstructione munitionum, ut interficiat animas multas.
18 Spreverat enim iuramentum, ut solveret foedus, et ecce dedit manum suam et, cum omnia haec fecerit, non effugiet.
19 Propterea haec dicit Dominus Deus: Vivo ego, quoniam iuramentum meum, quod sprevit, et foedus meum, quod praevaricatus est, ponam in caput eius
20 et expandam super eum rete meum, et comprehendetur tendicula mea, et adducam eum in Babylonem et iudicabo illum ibi in praevaricatione, qua praevaricatus est in me.
21 Et omnes electi eius in universo agmine suo gladio cadent; residui autem in omnem ventum dispergentur, et scietis quia ego Dominus locutus sum.
22 Haec dicit Dominus Deus: Et sumam ego de cacumine cedri sublimis et ponam; de vertice ramorum eius tenerum distringam et plantabo super montem excelsum et eminentem.
23 In monte sublimi Israel plantabo illud; et erumpet in germen et faciet fructum et erit in cedrum magnam; et habitabunt sub ea omnes volucres, et universum volatile sub umbra frondium eius nidificabit.
24 Et scient omnia ligna regionis quia ego Dominus humiliavi lignum sublime et exaltavi lignum humile et siccavi lignum viride et frondere feci lignum aridum. Ego Dominus locutus sum et feci".
King James Version
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 traffick; 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.
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 plead 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.
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.