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The LORD. Hebrew. Jehovah. App-4 .
Son of man . See note on Ezekiel 2:1 .
riddle = enigma. Hebrew. chidah = a difficult or per plexing problem put forth for solution. Occurs in Judges 14:1 Judges 14:2 , Judges 14:13 , Judges 14:14 , Judges 14:15 , Judges 14:16 , Judges 14:17 , Judges 14:18 , Judges 14:19 (= riddle). Numbers 12:8 . 1Ki 10:5 . 2 Chronicles 9:1 (= dark sayings). Psalms 49:4 .Proverbs 1:6 , &c. Distinct from a "parable". Compare Psalms 78:2 (= dark sayings). Daniel 8:23 .Habakkuk 2:6 (= "proverb").
parable = the comparing of one thing with another. Not the same as "riddle" (enigma).
the Lord GoD . Hebrew. Adonai Jehovah . See note on Ezekiel 2:4 .
A great eagle. Tho king of Babylon.
longwinged = long-pinioned, as in Ezekiel 17:7 .
feathers = plumage.
the highest branch. Jeleoiachin (i.e. Jeconiah, or Coniah). See Ezekiel 17:12 ; find Jeremiah 22:23 , Jeremiah 22:24 .
top = topmost.
traffick . Babylon.
the seed of the land. Zedokiah. See Ezekiel 17:6 and Ezekiel 17:13 . Nebuchadnezzar did not set up a Chaldean king over Judah, but nourished Zedekiah, as verses: Ezekiel 17:5 , Ezekiel 17:6 show.
turned toward him . Zedekiah being dependent upon Nebuchadnezzar.
another great eagle. Pharaoh Hophra, king of Egypt.
bend her roots : i.e. looked for succour to Egypt. Compare verses: Ezekiel 17:5 , Ezekiel 17:8
water it. From the Nile.
soil = field.
Shall it prosper? &c. This is Jehovah's sentence on the perfidy of Zedekiah in breaking his oath to Nebuchadnezzar. Compare Ezekiel 17:13 and the Structure (S1, S2, S3). Those who interpret this enigma of Zedekiah's daughters are hereby warned that their interpretation shall not prosper. See notes on Ezekiel 17:22 and Ezekiel 17:24 .
spring = sproutings.
behold. Figure of speech Asterismos. App-6 .
it : i.e. the vine.
wind . Hebrew. ruach , App-9 .
rebellious house . See note on Ezekiel 2:5 .
taken , &c. Compare 2Ki 24:30 .
covenant . . . oath. See note on Ezekiel 16:59 .
taken an oath . See 2 Chronicles 36:13 .
base = low.
he rebelled , &c. See 2Ki 24:20 . 2 Chronicles 36:13 .
saith the Lord GOD = [is] Adenai Jehovah's oracle.
in the midst of Babylon , &c. Compare Ezekiel 12:13 .
company = gathered force.
make for him = help him
persons = souls. Hebrew. nephesh . App-13 .
lo. Figure of speech Asterismos. App-6 .
given his hand. Put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Adjunct), App-6 , for making a covenant (2 Kings 10:13 .Ezra 10:19 . Jeremiah 50:15 ).
spread My net upon him. Compare Ezekiel 12:13 ; Ezekiel 32:3 . plead = reckon. Compare Ezekiel 20:36 ; Ezekiel 38:22 .
trespass that he hath trespassed . See note on Ezekiel 15:8 .
all his fugitives. Compare Ezekiel 12:14 .
ye shall know, &c. See note on Ezekiel 6:7 .
the highest branch. Sets forth the restoration of the kingdom in the Messiah.
branch. Compare Jeremiah 23:5 , Jeremiah 23:6 ; Jeremiah 33:15 .Zechariah 3:8 ; Zechariah 6:12 ; and Isaiah 4:2 .
a tender one. Compare Isaiah 11:1 ; Isaiah 53:1 , Isaiah 53:2 , The Chaldee Targum interprets this of the Messiah. Those who interpret this of Zedekiah's "younger daughter" are guilty of substituting her for the Messiah Himself; Whose future kingdom is to be "in the mountain of the height of Israel", and not in any other country; or, during the present dispensation. See notes on or Ezekiel 23:24 .
In the mountain, &c. Compare Isaiah 2:2 , Isaiah 2:3 ; Isaiah 54:1-17 ; Isaiah 62:1-7 .
bring forth boughs = exalt its branch.
I the LORD, &c. He will prosper His work. This is in contrast with verses: Ezekiel 17:9 , Ezekiel 17:10 (S1), and verses: Ezekiel 17:15-21 (S2), which would not prosper.
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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Ezekiel 17". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/
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