Ezekiel 17:3
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Say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: A great eagle with powerful wings, long feathers and full plumage of varied colors came to Lebanon. Taking hold of the top of a cedar,

King James Bible
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:

Darby Bible Translation
and say, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: A great eagle with great wings, long-pinioned, full of feathers, which was of divers colours, came unto Lebanon, and took the highest branch of the cedar.

World English Bible
and say, Thus says the Lord Yahweh: A great eagle with great wings and long feathers, full of feathers, which had various colors, came to Lebanon, and took the top of the cedar:

Young's Literal Translation
and thou hast said: Thus said the Lord Jehovah: The great eagle, great-winged, long-pinioned, Full of feathers, that hath diverse colours, Hath come in unto Lebanon, And it taketh the foliage of the cedar,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

A great eagle - Nebuchadnezzar. See Jeremiah 48:40; Jeremiah 49:22; Daniel 7:4. And see here, Daniel 7:12, where it is so applied.

Great wings - Extensive empire.

Long-winged - Rapid in his conquests.

Full of feathers - Having multitudes of subjects.

Divers colors - People of various nations.

Came unto Lebanon - Came against Judea.

The highest branch - King Jehoiachin he took captive to Babylon.

The cedar - The Jewish state and king.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

A great. Nebuchadnezzar, so called from his towering ambition and rapaciousness

Ezekiel 17:7,12 There was also another great eagle with great wings and many feathers: and, behold, this vine did bend her roots toward him...

Deuteronomy 28:49 The LORD shall bring a nation against you from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flies...

Jeremiah 4:13 Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall be as a whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles...

Jeremiah 48:40 For thus said the LORD; Behold, he shall fly as an eagle, and shall spread his wings over Moab.

Jeremiah 49:16 Your terribleness has deceived you, and the pride of your heart, O you that dwell in the clefts of the rock...

Lamentations 4:19 Our persecutors are swifter than the eagles of the heaven: they pursued us on the mountains, they laid wait for us in the wilderness.

Hosea 8:1 Set the trumpet to your mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the house of the LORD, because they have transgressed my covenant...

Matthew 24:28 For wherever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

great wings. Extensive empire, both in length and breadth

Daniel 2:38 And wherever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven has he given into your hand...

Daniel 4:32 And they shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make you to eat grass as oxen...

Daniel 7:4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth...

full. Numerous subjects, of various nations, and of different languages and manners.

divers colours. [heb] embroidering
came. Came against Judah and Jerusalem

Ezekiel 17:12 Say now to the rebellious house, Know you not what these things mean? tell them, Behold, the king of Babylon is come to Jerusalem...

2 Kings 24:10-16 At that time the servants of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against Jerusalem, and the city was besieged...

2 Chronicles 36:9,10 Jehoiachin was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months and ten days in Jerusalem...

Jeremiah 22:23-28 O inhabitant of Lebanon, that make your nest in the cedars, how gracious shall you be when pangs come on you...

Jeremiah 24:1 The LORD showed me, and, behold, two baskets of figs were set before the temple of the LORD...

the highest. Jeconiah, whom he took captive to Babylon
the cedar. The royal and ancient family of David

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Divine Destruction and Protection
CAN your minds fly back to the time when there was no time, to the day when there was no day but the Ancient of Days? Can you speed back to that period when God dwelt alone, when this round world and all the things that be upon it, had not come from his hand; when the sun flamed not in his strength, and the stars flashed not in their brightness? Can you go back to the period when there were no angels, when cherubim and seraphim had not been born; and, if there be creatures elder than they, when none
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 62: 1916

Bunyan's Last Sermon --Preached July 1688.
"Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God;" John i. 13. The words have a dependence on what goes before, and therefore I must direct you to them for the right understanding of it. You have it thus,--"He came to his own, but his own received him not; but as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them which believe on his name; which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, but of God." In
by John Bunyan—Miscellaneous Pieces

Cross References
Matthew 4:24
News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them.

Jeremiah 22:23
You who live in 'Lebanon,' who are nestled in cedar buildings, how you will groan when pangs come upon you, pain like that of a woman in labor!

Jeremiah 48:40
This is what the LORD says: "Look! An eagle is swooping down, spreading its wings over Moab.

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

Ezekiel 17:12
"Say to this rebellious people, 'Do you not know what these things mean?' Say to them: 'The king of Babylon went to Jerusalem and carried off her king and her nobles, bringing them back with him to Babylon.

Ezekiel 31:3
Consider Assyria, once a cedar in Lebanon, with beautiful branches overshadowing the forest; it towered on high, its top above the thick foliage.

Daniel 4:22
Your Majesty, you are that tree! You have become great and strong; your greatness has grown until it reaches the sky, and your dominion extends to distant parts of the earth.

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