Scribal Note: There are no specific divine commentaries on the content of verses within this chapter. Upon enquiry of The Spirit as to the absence of such commentaries on Ezekiel Ch 17, The Lord shares His divine intent on this chapter:
“I speak to My Prophet Ezekiel with a message still to be learnt by My land of Israel,
now restored before the nations of the earth.
The King with his princes in Jerusalem still would strike hands with those which are oily,
with those with a slippery grip,
with those equipped to lie to all outside their faith.
The King with his princes in Jerusalem would negate the wars upon My land,
would negate the blood shed upon My land,
would negate the victories with ink upon a pen.”
Eze 17:1 And the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
Eze 17:2 "Son of man, pose a riddle, and speak a parable to the house of Israel,
Eze 17:3 "and say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "A great eagle with large wings and long pinions, Full of feathers of various colours, Came to Lebanon And took from the cedar the highest branch.
Eze 17:4 He cropped off its topmost young twig And carried it to a land of trade; He set it in a city of merchants.
Eze 17:5 Then he took some of the seed of the land And planted it in a fertile field; He placed it by abundant waters And set it like a willow tree.
Eze 17:6 And it grew and became a spreading vine of low stature; Its branches turned toward him, But its roots were under it. So it became a vine, Brought forth branches, And put forth shoots.
Eze 17:7 "But there was another great eagle with large wings and many feathers; And behold, this vine bent its roots toward him, And stretched its branches toward him, From the garden terrace where it had been planted, That he might water it.
Eze 17:8 It was planted in good soil by many waters, To bring forth branches, bear fruit, And become a majestic vine." '
Eze 17:9 "Say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Will it thrive? Will he not pull up its roots, Cut off its fruit, And leave it to wither? All of its spring leaves will wither, And no great power or many people Will be needed to pluck it up by its roots.
Eze 17:10 Behold, it is planted, Will it thrive? Will it not utterly wither when the east wind touches it? It will wither in the garden terrace where it grew." ' "
Eze 17:11 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
Eze 17:12 "Say now to the rebellious house: 'Do you not know what these things mean?' Tell them, 'Indeed the king of Babylon went to Jerusalem and took its king and princes, and led them with him to Babylon.
Eze 17:13 'And he took the king's offspring, made a covenant with him, and put him under oath. He also took away the mighty of the land,
Eze 17:14 'that the kingdom might be brought low and not lift itself up, but that by keeping his covenant it might stand.
Eze 17:15 'But he rebelled against him by sending his ambassadors to Egypt, that they might give him horses and many people. Will he prosper? Will he who does such things escape? Can he break a covenant and still be delivered?
Eze 17:16 'As I live,' says the Lord GOD, 'surely in the place where the king dwells who made him king, whose oath he despised and whose covenant he broke—with him in the midst of Babylon he shall die.
Eze 17:17 'Nor will Pharaoh with his mighty army and great company do anything in the war, when they heap up a siege mound and build a wall to cut off many persons.
Eze 17:18 'Since he despised the oath by breaking the covenant, and in fact gave his hand and still did all these things, he shall not escape.' "
Eze 17:19 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: "As I live, surely My oath which he despised, and My covenant which he broke, I will recompense on his own head.
Eze 17:20 "I will spread My net over him, and he shall be taken in My snare. I will bring him to Babylon and try him there for the treason which he committed against Me.
Eze 17:21 "All his fugitives with all his troops shall fall by the sword, and those who remain shall be scattered to every wind; and you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken."
Eze 17:22 Thus says the Lord GOD: "I will take also one of the highest branches of the high cedar and set it out. I will crop off from the topmost of its young twigs a tender one, and will plant it on a high and prominent mountain.
Eze 17:23 "On the mountain height of Israel I will plant it; and it will bring forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be a majestic
cedar. Under it will dwell birds of every sort; in the shadow of its branches they will dwell.
Eze 17:24 "And all the trees of the field shall know that I, the LORD, have brought down the high tree and exalted the low tree, dried up the green tree and made the dry tree flourish; I, the LORD, have spoken and have done it."
* (17:7) Following Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate; Masoretic Text and Targum read one.
* (17:21) Following Masoretic Text and Vulgate; many Hebrew manuscripts and Syriac read choice men; Targum reads mighty men; Septuagint omits All his fugitives.