Ezekiel 19 (New American Standard)

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Lament for the Princes of Israel

1 "As for you, take up a 1lamentation for the 2princes of Israel 2 and say, 'aWhat was your mother? A lioness among lions! She lay down among young lions, She reared her cubs. 3 'When she brought up one of her cubs, He became a lion, And he learned to tear his prey; He devoured men. 4 'Then nations heard about him; He was captured in their pit, And they 3brought him with hooks To the land of Egypt. 5 'When she saw, as she waited, That her hope was lost, She took banother of her cubs And made him a young lion. 6 'And he 4walked about among the lions; He became a young lion, He learned to tear his prey; He devoured men. 7 'He cdestroyed their dfortified towers And laid waste their cities; And the land and its fullness were appalled Because of the sound of his roaring. 8 'Then 5nations set against him On every side from their provinces, And they spread their net over him; He was captured in their pit. 9 '6They put him in a cage with hooks And 7brought him to the king of Babylon; They brought him in hunting nets So that his voice would be heard no more On the mountains of Israel. 10 'Your mother was 8like a vine in your evineyard, Planted by the waters; It was fruitful and full of branches Because of abundant waters. 11 'And it had f9strong branches fit for scepters of rulers, And its 10height was raised above the clouds So that it was seen in its height with the mass of its branches. 12 'But it was 11plucked up in fury; It was 12cast down to the ground; And the 13east wind dried up its fruit. Its g14strong branch hwas torn off So that iit withered; The fire consumed it. 13 'And now it is planted in the 15wilderness, In a dry and thirsty land. 14 'And 16fire has gone out from its branch; It has consumed its shoots and fruit, So that there is not in it a jstrong branch, A scepter to rule.' " This is a lamentation, and has become a lamentation.
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