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Ezekiel 19 (Lexham English Bible)

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Lament for the Leaders of Israel

1 "And you, raise a lament abouta the leaders of Israel, 2 and you must say, 'What a lioness [was] your mother among [the] lions. She lay down in the midst of young lions, [and] she reared her lion cubs. 3 And she raised up one from her cubs; he became a fierce lion, and he learned to tear prey; he ateb humans.c 4 And nations heard about him; in their pit he was caught, and they brought him with hooks to the land of Egypt. 5 And she sawd that she was waiting [in vain]; her hope was destroyed, and she took one from her cubs, [and] she made him a fierce lion. 6 And he walked about in the midst of lions; he became a fierce lion, and he learned to tear prey; he atee humans.f 7 And he knew their widows,g and he devastated their cities, and [the] land was appalled, and {everyone in it}h at the sound of his roar. 8 And nations set out against him {from the surrounding provinces},i and they spread their net over him, and he was caught in their pit. 9 And they put him in a collar with hooks, and they brought him to the king of Babylon; they brought him intoj a prison, so that his voice [would] not be heard {any longer}k on the mountains of Israel. 10 Your mother [was] like the vine in your vineyard;l planted {fruitfully}m beside water, and it was full of branches from many waters.n 11 And {she produced branches of strength}o top scepters of rulers; its height became tall betweenq thick foliage, and it was seenr because of its tallness among the abundance of its branches. 12 But it was uprooted in rage; it was thrown to the earth, and the east wind dried up its fruit; they were stripped off, and its strong branch dried up; fire consumed it. 13 And now [it is] planted in the desert, in a {dry and thirsty land}.s 14 And [so] fire has gone out from the stem of its branches; its fruit it has consumed, and [there] was not in it {a strong branch},t a scepter for ruling.'" This [is] a lament, and {it will be used as a lament}.
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