Study Guide

Book of Ezekiel Trees and Vines

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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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