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Ezekiel 19:6-14 (New International Version)

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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 devoured men.1 7 He broke downa their strongholds and devastated2 their towns. The land and all who were in it were terrified by his roaring. 8 Then the nations3 came against him, those from regions round about. They spread their net4 for him, and he was trapped in their pit.5 9 With hooks6 they pulled him into a cage and brought him to the king of Babylon.7 They put him in prison, so his roar8 was heard no longer on the mountains of Israel.9 10 " 'Your mother was like a vine in your vineyardb10 planted by the water;11 it was fruitful and full of branches because of abundant water.12 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.13 12 But it was uprooted14 in fury and thrown to the ground. The east wind15 made it shrivel, it was stripped of its fruit; its strong branches withered and fire consumed them.16 13 Now it is planted in the desert,17 in a dry and thirsty land.18 14 Fire spread from one of its mainc branches and consumed19 its fruit. No strong branch is left on it fit for a ruler's scepter.'20 This is a lament21 and is to be used as a lament."
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