Ezekiel 17:5
New International Version
“’He took one of the seedlings of the land and put it in fertile soil. He planted it like a willow by abundant water,

New Living Translation
He also took a seedling from the land and planted it in fertile soil. He placed it beside a broad river, where it could grow like a willow tree.

English Standard Version
Then he took of the seed of the land and planted it in fertile soil. He placed it beside abundant waters. He set it like a willow twig,

Berean Study Bible
He took some of the seed of the land and planted it in fertile soil; he placed it by abundant waters and set it out like a willow.

King James Bible
He took also of the seed of the land, and planted it in a fruitful field; he placed it by great waters, and set it as a willow tree.

New King James Version
Then he took some of the seed of the land And planted it in a fertile field; He placed it by abundant waters And set it like a willow tree.

New American Standard Bible
He also took from the seed of the land and planted it in fertile soil, a meadow beside abundant waters; he set it like a willow.

NASB 1995
“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.

NASB 1977
“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.

Amplified Bible
He also took some of the seed of the land (Zedekiah, of the royal family) and planted it in fertile soil and a fruitful field; he placed it beside abundant waters and set it like a willow tree.

Christian Standard Bible
Then he took some of the land’s seed and put it in a fertile field; he set it like a willow, a plant by abundant water.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then he took some of the land’s seed and put it in a fertile field; he set it like a willow, a plant by abundant waters.

American Standard Version
He took also of the seed of the land, and planted it in a fruitful soil; he placed it beside many waters; he set it as a willow-tree.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he took from the seed of the land and cast into the wilderness a plant on many waters and he set it for a Watchman

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And he took of the seed of the land, and sowed it in a field planted by much water; he set it in a conspicuous place.

Contemporary English Version
The eagle also took a seed from Israel and planted it in a fertile field with plenty of water, like a willow tree beside a stream.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he took of the seed of the land, and put it in the ground for seed, that it might take a firm root over many waters: he planted it on the surface of the earth.

English Revised Version
He took also of the seed of the land, and planted it in a fruitful soil; he placed it beside many waters; he set it as a willow tree.

Good News Translation
Then he took a young plant from the land of Israel and planted it in a fertile field, where there was always water to make it grow.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
" 'Then it took a seedling from that country and planted the seedling in fertile soil. The eagle planted the seedling like a willow where there was plenty of water.

International Standard Version
Then the eagle took a seed from the land and planted it in fertile ground. He planted it like a willow tree next to abundant waters.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He took also of the seed of the land, And planted it in a fruitful soil; He placed it beside many waters, He set it as a slip.

Literal Standard Version
And he takes of the seed of the land, And puts it in a field of seed, He took [it] by many waters, He has set it in a conspicuous place.

NET Bible
He took one of the seedlings of the land, placed it in a cultivated plot; a shoot by abundant water, like a willow he planted it.

New Heart English Bible
He took also of the seed of the land, and planted it in a fruitful soil; he placed it beside many waters; he set it as a willow tree.

World English Bible
He took also of the seed of the land, and planted it in a fruitful soil; he placed it beside many waters; he set it as a willow tree.

Young's Literal Translation
And it taketh of the seed of the land, And doth put it in a field of seed, To take by many waters, In a conspicuous place it hath set it.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Parable of Two Eagles and a Vine
4He plucked off its topmost shoot, carried it to the land of merchants, and planted it in a city of traders. 5He took some of the seed of the land and planted it in fertile soil; he placed it by abundant waters and set it out like a willow. 6It sprouted and became a spreading vine, low in height, with branches turned toward him; yet its roots remained where it stood. So it became a vine and yielded branches and sent out shoots.…

Cross References
Deuteronomy 8:7
For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks and fountains and springs that flow through the valleys and hills;

Isaiah 44:4
They will sprout among the grass like willows by flowing streams.

Jeremiah 12:2
You planted them, and they have taken root. They have grown and produced fruit. You are ever on their lips, but far from their hearts.

Ezekiel 17:4
He plucked off its topmost shoot, carried it to the land of merchants, and planted it in a city of traders.

Ezekiel 17:6
It sprouted and became a spreading vine, low in height, with branches turned toward him; yet its roots remained where it stood. So it became a vine and yielded branches and sent out shoots.

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

Ezekiel 31:4
The waters made it grow; the deep springs made it tall, directing their streams all around its base and sending their channels to all the trees of the field.


Treasury of Scripture

He took also of the seed of the land, and planted it in a fruitful field; he placed it by great waters, and set it as a willow tree.

the seed.

Ezekiel 17:13
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:

2 Kings 24:17
And the king of Babylon made Mattaniah his father's brother king in his stead, and changed his name to Zedekiah.

Jeremiah 37:1
And king Zedekiah the son of Josiah reigned instead of Coniah the son of Jehoiakim, whom Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon made king in the land of Judah.

planted it in a fruitful field.

Deuteronomy 8:7-9
For the LORD thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills; …

he placed.

Ezekiel 19:11,12
And she had strong rods for the sceptres of them that bare rule, and her stature was exalted among the thick branches, and she appeared in her height with the multitude of her branches…

Isaiah 15:7
Therefore the abundance they have gotten, and that which they have laid up, shall they carry away to the brook of the willows.

Isaiah 44:4
And they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses.









(5) Of the seed of the land.--In place of the captive Jehoiachin Nebuchadnezzar did not set over the land an eastern satrap, but appointed a native prince, Zedekiah, the uncle of Jehoiachin. He was "planted," not like the tall cedar on the mountain, but yet like "a willow tree by great waters" where it might flourish in its degree (see Ezekiel 17:14).

Verse 5. - The seed of the land is Zedekiah, who was made king by Nebuchadnezzar in Jeconiah's place. The imagery of the willow (the Hebrew word occurs here only) seems suggested by Ezekiel's surroundings. No tree could stand out in greater contrast to the cedar of Lebanon than the willows which he saw growing by the waters of Babylon (Psalm 137:2, though the word is different). The choice of the willow determined the rest of the imagery, and the fruitful field and the great or "many" (Revised Version) waters represent Judah, possibly with reference to its being in its measure a "land of brooks of waters," of "fountains and depths," of "wheat and barley and wine" (Deuteronomy 8:7-9; Deuteronomy 11:10-12). The kingdom of Zedekiah, i.e., was left with sufficient elements for material prosperity. That prosperity is indicated in ver. 6 by the fact that the willow became a vine. It was of "low stature," indeed, trailing on the ground. It could not claim the greatness of an independent kingdom. Its branches turned toward the planter (ver. 6); its roots were under him. It acknowledged, that is, Nebuchadnezzar's suzerainty, and so, had things continued as they were, it might have prospered.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
He took
וַיִּקַּח֙ (way·yiq·qaḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3947: To take

some of the seed
מִזֶּ֣רַע (miz·ze·ra‘)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 2233: Seed, fruit, plant, sowing-time, posterity

of the land
הָאָ֔רֶץ (hā·’ā·reṣ)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 776: Earth, land

and planted
וַֽיִּתְּנֵ֖הוּ (way·yit·tə·nê·hū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's 5414: To give, put, set

it in fertile
זָ֑רַע (zā·ra‘)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2233: Seed, fruit, plant, sowing-time, posterity

soil;
בִּשְׂדֵה־ (biś·ḏêh-)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7704: Field, land

he placed [it]
קָ֚ח (qāḥ)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3947: To take

by
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

abundant
רַבִּ֔ים (rab·bîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 7227: Much, many, great

waters;
מַ֣יִם (ma·yim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 4325: Water, juice, urine, semen

he set it out
שָׂמֽוֹ׃ (śā·mōw)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's 7760: Put -- to put, place, set

like a willow.
צַפְצָפָ֖ה (ṣap̄·ṣā·p̄āh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 6851: Perhaps willow


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