Read Ezekiel 17
Parable of the eagles; judgment upon sinful conduct; blessings for obedience; sorrow over the leaders of
Ezekiel was given another parable. A great eagle (Nebuchadnezzar) with great wings . . . full of feathers, which had divers (many) colours, came unto Lebanon, and took the highest branch of the cedar: He cropped off the top of his young twigs, and carried it into a land of traffick (traders); he set it in a city of merchants (Ezekiel 17:1-4). This parable illustrates the vast extent of Nebuchadnezzar's dominion. The eagle's feathers represent the great number of nations he had conquered. Removing the highest branch symbolized Jehoiachin, king of
There was also another great eagle with great wings and many feathers (
In the ninth year of his reign, King Zedekiah made a military treaty with
Nebuchadnezzar's invasion of
When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for He hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed (Ecclesiastes 5:4-6).
As the One whose forgiveness provides life everlasting (Ezekiel 18:20-22). For He (God) hath made Him (Jesus) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him (II Corinthians 5:21; John 3:16).
17:18 had given his hand = pledged his word; 18:8 given forth upon usury . . . taken any increase = loaned money at interest; 18:25 equal = fair.
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Memory Verse for the Week: Titus 1:16