"As for you, take up a 1lamentation for the 2princes of Israel2
and say, 'aWhat was your mother ? A lionessamonglions ! She laydownamongyounglions, She reared her cubs.
'When she brought up one of her cubs, He became a lion, And he learned to tear his prey ; He devouredmen.
'Then nationsheardabout him; He was captured in their pit, And they 3brought him with hooks To the land of Egypt.
'When she saw, as she waited, That her hope was lost, She tookbanother of her cubs And made him a younglion.
'And he 4walked about among the lions ; He became a younglion, He learned to tear his prey ; He devouredmen.
'He cdestroyed their dfortifiedtowers And laidwaste their cities ; And the land and its fullness were appalledBecause of the sound of his roaring.
'Then 5nationssetagainst him On everyside from their provinces, And they spread their netover him; He was captured in their pit.
'6They put him in a cage with hooks And 7brought him to the king of Babylon ; They brought him in huntingnetsSo that his voice would be heardnomore On the mountains of Israel.
'Your mother was 8like a vine in your evineyard, Planted by the waters ; It was fruitful and full of branchesBecause of abundantwaters.
'And it hadf9strongbranches fit for scepters of rulers, And its 10height was raisedabove the clouds So that it was seen in its height with the mass of its branches.
'But it was 11plucked up in fury ; It was 12castdown to the ground ; And the 13eastwinddried up its fruit. Its g14strongbranchhwas tornoff So that iit withered ; The fireconsumed it.
'And now it is planted in the 15wilderness, In a dry and thirstyland.
'And 16fire has gone out from its branch ; It has consumed its shoots and fruit, So that there is not in it a jstrongbranch, A scepter to rule.' " This is a lamentation, and has become a lamentation.