Lament for the Princes of Israel1 “As for you, take up a a lamentation for the b princes of Israel 2 and say, ‘ ▼
▼ Or Why did your mother, a lioness, lie down among lions; among young lions rear her cubs?What was your mother?
A lioness among lions!
She lay down among young lions,
She reared her cubs.
3 ‘When she brought up one of her cubs,
He became a lion,
And he learned to tear his prey;
He devoured men.
4 ‘Then nations heard about him;
He was captured in their pit,
And they d brought him with hooks
To the land of Egypt.
5 ‘When she saw, as she waited,
That her hope was lost,
She took ▼
▼ Lit oneanother of her cubs
And made him a young lion.
6 ‘And he f walked about among the lions;
He became a young lion,
He learned to tear his prey;
He devoured men.
7 ‘He ▼
▼ So Targum; M.T. knewdestroyed their ▼
▼ Or widowsfortified towers
And laid waste their cities;
And the land and its fullness were appalled
Because of the sound of his roaring.
8 ‘Then i nations set against him
On every side from their provinces,
And they spread their net over him;
He was captured in their pit.
9 ‘ j They put him in a cage with hooks
And k brought him to the king of Babylon;
They brought him in hunting nets
So that his voice would be heard no more
On the mountains of Israel.
10 ‘Your mother was l like a vine in your ▼
▼ So with some ancient mss; M.T. bloodvineyard,
Planted by the waters;
It was fruitful and full of branches
Because of abundant waters.
11 ‘And it had ▼
▼ Lit rods of strength, o strong branches fit for scepters of rulers,
And its p height was raised above the clouds
So that it was seen in its height with the mass of its branches.
12 ‘But it was q plucked up in fury;
It was r cast down to the ground;
And the s east wind dried up its fruit.
▼ Lit rods of her strength, u strong branch ▼
▼ So Gr; M.T. they werewas torn off
So that ▼
▼ So Gr; M.T. theyit withered;
The fire consumed it.
13 ‘And now it is planted in the x wilderness,
In a dry and thirsty land.
14 ‘And y fire has gone out from its branch;
It has consumed its shoots and fruit,
So that there is not in it a ▼
▼ Lit rod of strengthstrong branch,
A scepter to rule.’”
This is a lamentation, and has become a lamentation.
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