Ezekiel 19

A Lament for the Princes of Israel

1And you, a  take up a lamentation for the princes of Israel, 2and say:

What was your mother? b  A lioness!
Among lions she crouched;
in the midst of young lions
she reared her cubs.
3And she brought up one of her cubs;
c  he became a young lion,
d  and he learned to catch prey;
he devoured men.
4The nations heard about him;
e  he was caught in their pit,
f  and they brought him with hooks
to the land of Egypt.
5When she saw that she waited in vain,
that her hope was lost,
g  she took another of her cubs
and made him a young lion.
6He prowled among the lions;
he became a young lion,
and he learned to catch prey;
he devoured men,
7and seized
Hebrew knew
their widows.
He laid waste their cities,
and the land was appalled and all who were in it
at the sound of his roaring.
8 i  Then the nations set against him
from provinces on every side;
j  they spread their net over him;
k  he was taken in their pit.
9With hooks l  they put him in a cage
Or  in a wooden collar

and n  brought him to the king of Babylon;
they brought him into custody,
that his voice should no more be heard
on o  the mountains of Israel.
10 Your mother was p  like a vine in a vineyard
Some Hebrew manuscripts; most Hebrew manuscripts  in your blood

planted by the water,
r  fruitful and full of branches
s  by reason of abundant water.
11Its strong stems became
rulersscepters;
it towered aloft
among the thick boughs;
Or  the clouds

it was seen in its height
with the mass of its branches.
12But the vine was plucked up in fury,
cast down to the ground;
u  the east wind dried up its fruit;
they were stripped off and withered.
As for its strong stem,
fire consumed it.
13 v  Now it is planted in the wilderness,
in a dry and thirsty land.
14 w  And fire has gone out from the stem of its shoots,
has consumed its fruit,
x  so that there remains in it no strong stem,
no scepter for ruling.

This is y  a lamentation and has become a lamentation.

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