Ezekiel 17:4
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New International Version
he broke off its topmost shoot and carried it away to a land of merchants, where he planted it in a city of traders.

New Living Translation
and plucked off its highest branch. He carried it away to a city filled with merchants. He planted it in a city of traders.

English Standard Version
He broke off the topmost of its young twigs and carried it to a land of trade and set it in a city of merchants.

New American Standard Bible
"He plucked off the topmost of its young twigs and brought it to a land of merchants; he set it in a city of traders.

King James Bible
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.

Christian Standard Bible
He plucked off its topmost shoot, brought it to the land of merchants, and set it in a city of traders.

Contemporary English Version
then carried it to a nation of merchants and left it in one of their cities.

Good News Translation
which he carried to a land of commerce and placed in a city of merchants.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He plucked off its topmost shoot, brought it to the land of merchants, and set it in a city of traders.

International Standard Version
He plucked off the top of its shoot, brought it to a land of merchants, and set it down in a city full of traders.

NET Bible
He plucked off its topmost shoot; he brought it to a land of merchants and planted it in a city of traders.

New Heart English Bible
he cropped off the topmost of the young twigs of it, and carried it to a land of traffic; he set it in a city of merchants.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It broke off the highest twig and carried it to a country of merchants. It planted the twig in a city of merchants.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He cropped off the topmost of the young twigs thereof, And carried it into a land of traffic; He set it in a city of merchants.

New American Standard 1977
“He plucked off the topmost of its young twigs and brought it to a land of merchants; he set it in a city of traders.

Jubilee Bible 2000
he cropped off the principal shoot and carried it into a land of markets; he set it in the city of the merchants.

King James 2000 Bible
He cropped off the top of its young twigs, and carried it into a land of trade; he set it in a city of merchants.

American King James Version
He cropped off the top of his young twigs, and carried it into a land of traffic; he set it in a city of merchants.

American Standard Version
he cropped off the topmost of the young twigs thereof, and carried it unto a land of traffic; he set it in a city of merchants.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He cropped off the top of the twigs thereof: and carried it away into the land of Chanaan, and he set it in a city of merchants.

Darby Bible Translation
He cropped off the top of its young shoots, and carried it into a merchants' land; he set it in a city of traders.

English Revised Version
he cropped off the topmost of the young twigs thereof, and carried it into a land of traffic; he set it in a city of merchants.

Webster's Bible Translation
He cropped off the top of its young twigs, and carried it into a land of traffick; he set it in a city of merchants.

World English Bible
he cropped off the topmost of the young twigs of it, and carried it to a land of traffic; he set it in a city of merchants.

Young's Literal Translation
The top of its tender twigs it hath cropped, And it bringeth it in to the land of Canaan. In a city of merchants it hath placed it.
Study Bible
The Parable of Two Eagles and a Vine
3saying, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "A great eagle with great wings, long pinions and a full plumage of many colors came to Lebanon and took away the top of the cedar. 4"He plucked off the topmost of its young twigs and brought it to a land of merchants; he set it in a city of traders. 5"He also took some of the seed of the land and planted it in fertile soil. He placed it beside abundant waters; he set it like a willow.…
Cross References
Ezekiel 17:3
saying, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "A great eagle with great wings, long pinions and a full plumage of many colors came to Lebanon and took away the top of the cedar.

Ezekiel 17:5
"He also took some of the seed of the land and planted it in fertile soil. He placed it beside abundant waters; he set it like a willow.

Ezekiel 31:3
Behold, Assyria was a cedar in Lebanon With beautiful branches and forest shade, And very high, And its top was among the clouds.
Treasury of Scripture

He cropped off the top of his young twigs, and carried it into a land of traffic; he set it in a city of merchants.

the top. The princes of Judah
into

Isaiah 43:14 Thus said the LORD, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; For your …

Isaiah 47:15 Thus shall they be to you with whom you have labored, even your merchants, …

Jeremiah 51:13 O you that dwell on many waters, abundant in treasures, your end …

Revelation 18:3,11-19 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, …

a land
Chaldea
a city. Babylon, which by means of the Euphrates and Tigris, had communications with the richest and most distant nations.

(4) Into a land of traffick.--Literally, a land of Canaan, the word being sometimes used for merchant or merchandise, as in Hosea 12:8 (Engl. 7); Isaiah 23:8; Zephaniah 1:11. The parallelism of the next clause shows that this is its meaning here. Babylon has already been called Canaan in Ezekiel 16:29, probably from its commercial character.

He cropped off the top of his young twigs,.... By which are meant the princes of the land, or the several branches of the royal family; the top of which was King Jeconiah, who was but young and tender, being but eighteen years of age when he began his reign, and this was within three months after; and who was no more able to withstand the force of the king of Babylon, than a tender twig so ravenous a bird as an eagle, 2 Kings 24:8; whose superior power and strength is signified by the cropping off of a tender twig:

and carried it into a land of traffic; not into the land of Canaan, as the Septuagint, and some other versions, literally render it; but into Babylon, which was become a place of great merchandise, through the great concourse of people to it, and the large additions made to the empire:

he set it in a city of merchants; meaning the city of Babylon, perhaps in particular, as distinct from the country before mentioned: the word for "merchants" signifies "apothecaries" or "druggists" (p); and may design such merchants as traded in sweet spices and aromatic drugs. The words may be rendered, "and brought it out of the land of Canaan" (q); out of which Jeconiah and his nobles were carried by the king of Babylon; so the particle sometimes signifies "from", or "out of", as in 1 Kings 8:30; and others (r), "and in a city of merchants he set it"; in Babylon, famous for merchants; whom the Jews, being captives, were obliged to attend in a servile manner.

(p) "aromatariorum", Junius & Tremellius, Polinus. So Stockius, p. 1017. (q) "tetra Chanaan", Texelius, Phoenix, l. 3. c. 4. sect. 6. p. 205. (r) Vid. Noldii Concord. Part. Ebr. p. 56. 4. land of traffic … merchants—Babylon (2Ki 24:15, 16), famous for its transport traffic on the Tigris and Euphrates. Also, by its connection with the Persian Gulf, it carried on much commerce with India.17:1-10 Mighty conquerors are aptly likened to birds or beasts of prey, but their destructive passions are overruled to forward God's designs. Those who depart from God, only vary their crimes by changing one carnal confidence for another, and never will prosper.
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