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katapi HOME Ezekiel 17:11-21 - The parable explained.  Eze.17.11-21

17 11 These were the words of the LORD to me: 17 12 Say to that rebellious people. Do you not know what this means? The king of Babylon came to Jerusalem, took its king and its officers and had them brought to him at Babylon. 17 13 He took a prince of the royal line and made a treaty with him, putting him on his oath. He took away the chief men of the country, 17 14 so that it should become a humble kingdom unable to raise itself but ready to observe the treaty and keep it in force. 17 15 But the prince rebelled against him and sent messengers to Egypt, asking for horses and men in plenty. Can such a man prosper? Can he escape destruction if he acts in this way? Can he violate a covenant and escape? 17 16 As I live, says the Lord GOD, I swear that he shall die in the land of the king who put him on the throne; he made light of his oath and violated the covenant he made with him. He shall die in Babylon. 17 17 Pharaoh will send no large army, no great host, to protect him in battle; no siege-ramp will be raised, no watch-tower put up, nor will the lives of many men be lost. 17 18 He has violated a covenant and has made light of his oath. He had submitted, and yet he did all these things; he shall not escape.

17 19 These then are the words of the Lord GOD: As I live, he has made light of the oath he took by me and has violated the covenant I made with him. I will bring retribution upon him; 17 20 I will cast my net over him, and he shall be caught in its meshes. I will carry him to Babylon and bring him to judgement there, because he has broken faith with me. 17 21 In all his squadrons every commander shall fall by the sword; those who are left will be scattered to the four winds. Thus you shall know that it is I, the LORD, who have spoken.

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