A Parable of Lamentation1 And you, take up a lamentation against the ruler of Israel! 2 And you shall say, Why [2your mother 3among 4cubs 5in 6the midst 7of lions 1became]? In the midst of lions she multiplied her cubs. 3 And [3leaped 1one 2of her cubs]; [2a lion 1he became] and learned to seize by force; [2the prey 3of men 1he ate]. 4 And [2heard 3concerning 4him 1nations]; and he was seized in their corruption, and they led him in a wicker cage into the land of Egypt. 5 And she beheld that he was thrust away from her, and [2perished 1her support], and she took another from her cubs; [3to be a lion 1she ordered 2him]. 6 And he paced in the midst of lions; [2a lion 1he became], and learned to seize prey, and [2men 1he devoured]. 7 And he fed in his boldness, and [2their cities 1made] quite desolate; and he obliterated the land and the fullness of it by the voice of his roaring. 8 And [2assailed 3against 4him 1nations] round about of the places; and they spread forth upon him their nets; and in their corruption he was seized. 9 And they put him in a cage, even in a wicker cage, and they led him to the king of Babylon. And they brought him into prison, so that [2should not 3be heard 1his voice] any more upon the mountains of Israel. 10 Your mother was as a vine, as a flower of a pomegranate [2by 3water 1being planted]; her fruit and her bud took place because of [2water 1much]. 11 And she became a rod of strength over a tribe of ones leading; and she was raised up high in her greatness in the midst of the trunks; and she beheld her greatness in the multitude of her branches. 12 But she was broken off in pieces in rage; [2upon 3the 4ground 1she was tossed], and [2wind 1the burning] dried her choice branches. [4were punished 5and 6 were dried 1The 2rods 3of her strength]; fire consumed her. 13 And now they have planted her in the wilderness, in [2land 1a waterless] and one thirsting. 14 And [2came forth 1fire] from out of a rod [2choice ones 1of her] and devoured her; and [3was not 4in 5her 1a rod 2of strength]. [2a tribe 3for 4a parable 5of lamentation 1She is], and will be for a lamentation.
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