Bible ~~- Older Testament ~~- Ezekiel ~~- chapter 17 of 48 (24 verses.)

Ezekiel 17Wrench

Israel Tries To Pay Egypt to Fight Babylon
1 Yah's Word Again, ๐Ÿ˜‡, the word of YHVH comes [alive in] me:
2 Communication *[YAH] says, โ€œโ€˜Son of Adam,โ€™ [throw] out a riddle. Speak this parable to the house of Israel:
Mysteries and symbolic stories, especially using songs, are YHVH's preferred gospel communication method. The bible never tells anyone to preach a sermon.
3 Oppression Say, โ€˜Adonai YHVH says, โ€œA great eagle with huge wings and long pinions (full of feathers of various colors) flies to Lebanon {White-Mountain}. [The eagle] grabs the highest branch of [the highest] cedar [tree].
4 Oppression [The eagle] crops off the topmost of the tree's young twigs. He carries it to a land of traffic. He sets it in a city of merchants.
5 Authority Then the eagle takes some seed from the land. He plants the [seed] in a fertile field. He places [the vine-to-be] by huge waters, sets it like a willow tree.
6 Bearing Fruit / Profitability So the seed grows to become a vine. It sprawls across the ground. Its branches turn up toward [the eagle]. The [vine's] roots grow down underneath itself. Soon the vine grows to sprout [big] branches. It shoots out [leafy] boughs.
7 Betrayal But another great eagle (with massive wings and rich plumage) [swoops] in. Suddenly the vine bends its roots toward [the new eagle]. It shoots its vine-branches from the farm-plot toward [the new eagle], hoping he will give [the vine] more water.
2nd eagle = Pharaoh Hophra of Egypt. Water = Nile.
8 Disobedience This [rebellious vine seeks] to leave its plantation, its good soil close to big water [sources] that make it shoot forth branches and bear fruit and [appear to be] a noble vine.โ€™
9 Disobedience Say, โ€œAdonai YHVH says, โ€˜Can [a rebel vine] prosper? Won't [its owner] pull it up by the roots, and cut its fruit, so it withers? Won't all its sprouting leaves dry up? With trifling force just a few people pluck [bad vines] up by their roots.
10 Disobedience And even if [a bad vine] gets transplanted, will it thrive, ๐Ÿ˜‡? Won't it totally wither when the [wicked] east wind touches it? It'll rot in the furrows where it [once] grew.โ€™โ€
11 Yah's Word Then, ๐Ÿ˜‡, the word of YHVH comes [alive in] me. [YAH explains the previous vision.]
12 Bondage [YAH] says, โ€œNow ask this pack of [Jewish] rebels, โ€˜Don't you know what these [metaphors] mean?โ€™ Tell them, โ€˜Look: the Babylonian Emperor invaded Jerusalem. [Nebuchadnezzar] captured [Judea's] king and its princes, and led them with him to Babylon.
13 Oaths Then [the Emperor] took one of [Israel's] king's seed-children, [evil Zedekiah], and made a covenant with him, and took an oath [of allegiance] from him.
14 Oppression [The Emperor] captured [all] the mighty [men] in the [promised] land, to debase [Israel's] kingdom, so it could never lift itself again [from the dust]. It only stands [today] by keeping its subjection-treaty with the Emperor.
The nation around you has also been debased, and lives only through adherence to slave contracts with foreign moneyed powers.
15 Agreements (Obligation Of Contract) But [Judea's king] rebelled against [Babylon's Emperor]. [Judea] sent [Israeli] ambassadors [south] into Egypt, to [beg Pharaoh] to give [Judea] horses and hordes [of fighting] people. Can [Judea's king] prosper? Can [anyone] who commits such [betrayal] escape? Can he be rescued by breaking his covenant?
Once you make a deal, you have to obey its lawful terms.
16 Agreements (Obligation Of Contract) *As I live,โ€™ says Adonai YHVH, โ€˜in the dwelling-place of the Emperor who gave [Zedekiah] his throne, right there in Babylon, [Zedekiah] dies for despising his oath-bound-obligations and breaking his covenant.
You shouldn't make agreements, because heaven enforces them.
17 Betrayal Pharaoh never [ends up bringing] his mighty army and great hordes to perform war [feats] for [Israel's king]. [Pharaoh fails to] mount up siege-works, build forts, or cut off hordes of [Babylon's] soldiers.
Egypt cannot help the Hebrews. Spiritual Egypt = the world-system (The United Nations) around you.
18 Oaths [Everyone] sees that [Israel's king] despised his oath by breaking [the Emperor's] covenant. Look, [Zedekiah] gave his hand [in pledge]. Then he committed [overwhelming] treachery. [So Judea's deposed king] never escapes [from Babylon].โ€™
19 Oaths *So Adonai YHVH says, โ€˜As I live, [the Israelite king] despised an oath [that I consider made to] me. He broke a covenant that I [treat as] my own. So I come to boomerang [his evil] upon his own head.
Christ states this principle: heaven enforces the binding agreements you make on earth. If you stay free from binding agreements on earth, heaven considers you free.
20 Oaths I spread my net over [the oath-breaker]. I take him in my snare. I drag him to Babylon. There I judge him for treacherously fighting and betraying me.
21 Oaths All [of the oath-breaker's] fleeing elite troops come to fall by the sword. The [few rebels] who remain, I scatter toward all [four] winds. Then you realize that I, YHVH, foretell [your future].โ€™
22 The Messiah Adonai YHVH predicts, โ€œI grab [a shoot] from the highest branch of the highest cedar. I take it. I crop off the topmost young tender twig. I plant it on a high, prominent mountain.
23 The Messiah I plant [coming Christ] on the highest mountain of Israel. Soon he shoots out branches. He bears fruit [like] a robust cedar. Under [him] come to dwell all birds of every wing. They thrive in the shadow of the [Messiah's] โ€˜branches.โ€™
24 Humility *Then all the trees of the [human] field know that I (YHVH) bring down [every] high [stuck-up] tree, while [I] exalt the lowly tree. I dry up the [arrogant] green tree. And I make the [humble] dry tree flourish. I YHVH predict and perform [your future, ๐Ÿ˜‡].โ€™โ€