Study Guide

Book of Ezekiel Trees and Vines

Trees and Vines

Trees and vines are often used as metaphors to describe kingdoms and countries (like in the eagle and vine allegory in Chapter 17): the rise and decline of these nations is just like the life cycle of plants, from growth to decay.

At one point, God compares Egypt to a tree that used to flourish and spread wealth and happiness around:

All the birds of the air made their nests in its boughs; under its branches all the animals of the field gave birth to their young; and in its shade all great nations lived. It was beautiful in its greatness, in the length of its branches; for its roots went down to abundant water. (31:6-7)

Somehow that sounds less like Egypt than a Disney movie.

But anyway, Egypt will be punished, attacked and sacked by Babylon, something like God chopping down the tree and killing the birds and Bambi.

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