Ezekiel 19 NIV

A Lament Over Israel’s Princes

1 “Take up a lament concerning the princes of Israel

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2 and say: “ ‘What a lioness was your mother among the lions! She lay down among them and reared her cubs.

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3 She brought up one of her cubs, and he became a strong lion. He learned to tear the prey and he became a man-eater.
4 The nations heard about him, and he was trapped in their pit. They led him with hooks to the land of Egypt.

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5 “ ‘When she saw her hope unfulfilled, her expectation gone, she took another of her cubs and made him a strong lion.

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6 He prowled among the lions, for he was now a strong lion. He learned to tear the prey and he became a man-eater.

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7 He broke downa their strongholds and devastated their towns. The land and all who were in it were terrified by his roaring.

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    • { 19:7 - Targum (see Septuagint); Hebrew "He knew"
      8 Then the nations came against him, those from regions round about. They spread their net for him, and he was trapped in their pit.

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      9 With hooks they pulled him into a cage and brought him to the king of Babylon. They put him in prison, so his roar was heard no longer on the mountains of Israel.

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      10 “ ‘Your mother was like a vine in your vineyardbplanted by the water; it was fruitful and full of branches because of abundant water.

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        • | 19:10 - Two Hebrew manuscripts; most Hebrew manuscripts "your blood"
          11 Its branches were strong, fit for a ruler’s scepter. It towered high above the thick foliage, conspicuous for its height and for its many branches.

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          12 But it was uprooted in fury and thrown to the ground. The east wind made it shrivel, it was stripped of its fruit; its strong branches withered and fire consumed them.

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          13 Now it is planted in the desert, in a dry and thirsty land.

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          14 Fire spread from one of its mainc branches and consumed its fruit. No strong branch is left on it fit for a ruler’s scepter.’ “This is a lament and is to be used as a lament.”

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            • } 19:14 - Or "from under its"