Ezekiel 17:13
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New International Version
Then he took a member of the royal family and made a treaty with him, putting him under oath. He also carried away the leading men of the land,

New Living Translation
He made a treaty with a member of the royal family and forced him to take an oath of loyalty. He also exiled Israel's most influential leaders,

English Standard Version
And he took one of the royal offspring and made a covenant with him, putting him under oath (the chief men of the land he had taken away),

New American Standard Bible
'He took one of the royal family and made a covenant with him, putting him under oath. He also took away the mighty of the land,

King James Bible
And hath taken of the king's seed, and made a covenant with him, and hath taken an oath of him: he hath also taken the mighty of the land:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He took one of the royal family and made a covenant with him, putting him under oath. Then he took away the leading men of the land,

International Standard Version
Then he took one of the royal descendants, made a covenant with him, and put him under an oath of loyalty, taking the leaders of the land captive

NET Bible
He took one from the royal family, made a treaty with him, and put him under oath. He then took the leaders of the land

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then he took someone from the royal family, made a treaty with him, and made him promise to be loyal. He took away the leading citizens from Judah

Jubilee Bible 2000
and has taken of the seed of the kingdom and made a covenant with him and has brought him to an oath: he has also taken the mighty of the land:

King James 2000 Bible
And has taken the king's descendant, and made a covenant with him, and has taken an oath from him: he has also taken the mighty of the land:

American King James Version
And has taken of the king's seed, and made a covenant with him, and has taken an oath of him: he has also taken the mighty of the land:

American Standard Version
and he took of the seed royal, and made a covenant with him; he also brought him under an oath, and took away the mighty of the land;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he shall take one of the king's seed, and make a covenant with him, and take an oath of him. Yea, and he shall take away the mighty men of the land,

Darby Bible Translation
And he took of the king's seed, and made a covenant with him, and brought him under an oath, and he took away the mighty of the land;

English Revised Version
and he took of the seed royal, and made a covenant with him; he also brought him under an oath, and took away the mighty of the land:

Webster's Bible Translation
And hath taken of the king's seed, and made a covenant with him, and hath taken an oath from him: he hath also taken the mighty of the land:

World English Bible
and he took of the seed royal, and made a covenant with him; he also brought him under an oath, and took away the mighty of the land;

Young's Literal Translation
And he taketh of the seed of the kingdom, And maketh with him a covenant, And bringeth him in to an oath, And the mighty of the land he hath taken,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

17:11-21 The parable is explained, and the particulars of the history of the Jewish nation at that time may be traced. Zedekiah had been ungrateful to his benefactor, which is a sin against God. In every solemn oath, God is appealed to as a witness of the sincerity of him that swears. Truth is a debt owing to all men. If the professors of the true religion deal treacherously with those of a false religion, their profession makes their sin the worse; and God will the more surely and severely punish it. The Lord will not hold those guiltless who take his name in vain; and no man shall escape the righteous judgment of God who dies under unrepented guilt.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And hath taken of the king's seed,.... One of the royal family, signified by the seed of the land, Ezekiel 17:5. Mattaniah, son of King Josiah, and uncle to King Jeconiah; whom Nebuchadnezzar took and made king of Judea, and called him Zedekiah, which signifies the "justice of the Lord": to put him in mind of doing justly, by observing the covenant and oath after mentioned, or that he must expect vengeance:

and made a covenant with him, and hath taken an oath of him; he gave him the throne and kingdom upon certain conditions to be performed, and for the perform once of which he made him swear by the God of Israel; see 2 Chronicles 36:13;

he hath also taken the mighty of the land: or, "the rams of the land" (x); the principal men of it for wisdom, riches, and valour, the princes and nobles of it; which he did, as to weaken the nation, that it might not be so capable of rebelling against him, so to be hostages for the performance of the covenant entered into; and this is meant by planting the seed with circumspection, Ezekiel 17:5.

(x) "arietes terrae", Montanus.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. the king's seed—Zedekiah, Jeconiah's uncle.

taken … oath of him—swearing fealty as a vassal to Nebuchadnezzar (2Ch 36:13).

also taken the mighty—as hostages for the fulfilment of the covenant; whom, therefore, Zedekiah exposed to death by his treason.

Ezekiel 17:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Parable Explained
12"Say now to the rebellious house, 'Do you not know what these things mean?' Say, 'Behold, the king of Babylon came to Jerusalem, took its king and princes and brought them to him in Babylon. 13'He took one of the royal family and made a covenant with him, putting him under oath. He also took away the mighty of the land, 14that the kingdom might be in subjection, not exalting itself, but keeping his covenant that it might continue.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 11:1
Nahash the Ammonite went up and besieged Jabesh Gilead. And all the men of Jabesh said to him, "Make a treaty with us, and we will be subject to you."

2 Kings 24:15
Nebuchadnezzar took Jehoiachin captive to Babylon. He also took from Jerusalem to Babylon the king's mother, his wives, his officials and the prominent people of the land.

2 Kings 24:16
The king of Babylon also deported to Babylon the entire force of seven thousand fighting men, strong and fit for war, and a thousand skilled workers and artisans.

2 Kings 24:17
He made Mattaniah, Jehoiachin's uncle, king in his place and changed his name to Zedekiah.

2 Chronicles 36:13
He also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him take an oath in God's name. He became stiff-necked and hardened his heart and would not turn to the LORD, the God of Israel.

Isaiah 3:2
the hero and the warrior, the judge and the prophet, the diviner and the elder,

Ezekiel 17:5
"'He took one of the seedlings of the land and put it in fertile soil. He planted it like a willow by abundant water,

Ezekiel 17:16
"'As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, he shall die in Babylon, in the land of the king who put him on the throne, whose oath he despised and whose treaty he broke.

Hosea 10:4
They make many promises, take false oaths and make agreements; therefore lawsuits spring up like poisonous weeds in a plowed field.
Treasury of Scripture

And has taken of the king's seed, and made a covenant with him, and has taken an oath of him: he has also taken the mighty of the land:

hath taken

Ezekiel 17:5 He took also of the seed of the land, and planted it in a fruitful …

2 Kings 24:17 And the king of Babylon made Mattaniah his father's brother king …

Jeremiah 37:1 And king Zedekiah the son of Josiah reigned instead of Coniah the …

taken an oath of him. [heb] brought him to an oath.

2 Chronicles 36:13 And he also rebelled against king Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him …

Jeremiah 5:2 And though they say, The LORD lives; surely they swear falsely.

he hath also

2 Kings 24:15,16 And he carried away Jehoiachin to Babylon, and the king's mother, …

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

Jeremiah 29:2 (After that Jeconiah the king, and the queen, and the eunuchs, the …

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