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Ezekiel 19 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Take up now a song of grief for the ruler of Israel, and say, 1 "Take up a lament concerning the princes of Israel
2 What was your mother? Like a she-lion among lions, stretched out among the young lions she gave food to her little ones. 2 and say: " 'What a lioness was your mother among the lions! She lay down among the young lions and reared her cubs.
3 And one of her little ones came to growth under her care, and became a young lion, learning to go after beasts for his food; and he took men for his meat. 3 She brought up one of her cubs, and he became a strong lion. He learned to tear the prey and he devoured men.
4 And the nations had news of him; he was taken in the hole they had made: and, pulling him with hooks, they took him into the land of Egypt. 4 The nations heard about him, and he was trapped in their pit. They led him with hooks to the land of Egypt.
5 Now when she saw that her hope was made foolish and gone, she took another of her little ones and made him into a young lion. 5 " 'When she saw her hope unfulfilled, her expectation gone, she took another of her cubs and made him a strong lion.
6 And he went up and down among the lions and became a young lion, learning to go after beasts for his food; and he took men for his meat. 6 He prowled among the lions, for he was now a strong lion. He learned to tear the prey and he devoured men.
7 And he sent destruction on their widows and made waste their towns; and the land and everything in it became waste because of the loud sound of his voice. 7 He broke down 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 from the kingdoms round about: their net was stretched over him and he was taken in the hole they had made. 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 They made him a prisoner with hooks, and took him to the king of Babylon; they put him in the strong place so that his voice might be sounding no longer on the mountains of Israel. 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.
10 Your mother was in comparison like a vine, planted by the waters: she was fertile and full of branches because of the great waters. 10 " 'Your mother was like a vine in your vineyard planted by the water; it was fruitful and full of branches because of abundant water.
11 And she had a strong rod for a rod of authority for the rulers, and it became tall among the clouds and it was seen lifted up among the number of its branches. 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.
12 But she was uprooted in burning wrath, and made low on the earth; the east wind came, drying her up, and her branches were broken off; her strong rod became dry, the fire made a meal of it. 12 But it was uprooted in fury and thrown to the ground. The east wind made it shrivel, it was stripped of its fruit; its strong branches withered and fire consumed them.
13 And now she is planted in the waste land, in a dry and unwatered country. 13 Now it is planted in the desert, in a dry and thirsty land.
14 And fire has gone out from her rod, causing the destruction of her branches, so that there is no strong rod in her to be the ruler's rod of authority. This is a song of grief, and it was for a song of grief. 14 Fire spread from one of its main branches and consumed its fruit. No strong branch is left on it fit for a ruler's scepter.' This is a lament and is to be used as a lament."