12 “Say now to the (A)rebellious house, ‘Do you not (B)know what these things mean?’ Say, ‘Behold, the (C)king of Babylon came to Jerusalem, took its king and princes and brought them to him in Babylon. 13 He took one of the royal [a](D)family and made a covenant with him, [b]putting him under (E)oath. He also took away the (F)mighty of the land, 14 that the kingdom might (G)be [c]in subjection, not exalting itself, but keeping his covenant that it might continue. 15 But he (H)rebelled against him by sending his envoys to Egypt that they might give him horses and many [d]troops. Will he succeed? Will he who does such things (I)escape? Can he indeed break the covenant and escape? 16 As I live,’ declares the Lord God, ‘Surely in the [e]country of the king who [f]put him on the throne, whose oath he (J)despised and whose covenant he broke, [g](K)in Babylon he shall die. 17 (L)Pharaoh with his mighty army and great company will not [h]help him in the war, when they cast up ramps and build siege walls to cut off many lives. 18 Now he despised the oath by breaking the covenant, and behold, he [i](M)pledged his allegiance, yet did all these things; he shall not escape.’” 19 Therefore, thus says the Lord God, “As I live, surely My oath which he despised and My covenant which he broke, I will [j]inflict on his head. 20 I will spread My (N)net over him, and he will be (O)caught in My snare. Then I will bring him to Babylon and (P)enter into judgment with him there regarding the unfaithful act which he has committed against Me. 21 All the [k](Q)choice men in all his troops will fall by the sword, and the survivors will be scattered to every wind; and you will know that I, the Lord, have spoken.”

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  1. Ezekiel 17:13 Lit seed
  2. Ezekiel 17:13 Lit and caused him to enter into an oath
  3. Ezekiel 17:14 Lit low
  4. Ezekiel 17:15 Lit people
  5. Ezekiel 17:16 Lit place
  6. Ezekiel 17:16 Lit made him king
  7. Ezekiel 17:16 Lit with him in Babylon
  8. Ezekiel 17:17 Lit act with
  9. Ezekiel 17:18 Lit gave his hand
  10. Ezekiel 17:19 Lit give it
  11. Ezekiel 17:21 So many ancient mss and versions; M.T. fugitives