A Lament Over Israel’s Princes

1 “Take up a lament concerning the princes of Israel
2 and say: “ ‘What a lioness was your mother among the lions! She lay down among them and reared her cubs.
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.
5 “ ‘When she saw her hope unfulfilled, her expectation gone, she took another of her cubs and made him a strong lion.
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.
7 He broke downa their strongholds and devastated their towns. The land and all who were in it were terrified by his roaring.
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.
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.