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Ezekiel 19 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Sing a funeral song for the princes of Israel. 1 "Take up a lament concerning the princes of Israel
2 Say: Your mother was like a lioness. She lay down among the lions. She fed many cubs. 2 and say: " 'What a lioness was your mother among the lions! She lay down among the young lions and reared her cubs.
3 One of the cubs she raised became a young lion. He learned to tear apart the animals he hunted. He ate people. 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 The nations heard about him, caught him in their pit, and brought him with hooks to 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 The lioness waited until she saw that there was no more hope. Then she took another one of her cubs and raised 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 He became a young lion, and he prowled among the lions. He learned to tear apart the animals he hunted. He ate people. 6 He prowled among the lions, for he was now a strong lion. He learned to tear the prey and he devoured men.
7 He destroyed fortresses and turned cities into wastelands. The land and everyone living in it were terrified by the sound of his roar. 7 He broke down their strongholds and devastated their towns. The land and all who were in it were terrified by his roaring.
8 The nations from every region came together against him. They spread their net over him and caught him in their pit. 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 put him in a cage and brought him to the king of Babylon. They put him in prison so that his roar wouldn't be heard anymore 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 like a grapevine that was planted near water. It had a lot of fruit and many branches because there was plenty of water. 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 Its branches were strong. They were used to make scepters for kings. It grew to be tall with many branches around it, and everyone saw it because of its many 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 in anger it was uprooted and thrown to the ground. The east wind dried up its fruit. Its strong branches broke off. They withered and were burned. 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 Now it is planted in the desert, in a dry and waterless land. 13 Now it is planted in the desert, in a dry and thirsty land.
14 Fire has spread from the vine's main branch. Fire has destroyed its fruit. It no longer has any strong branches that could be used as a king's scepter. This is a funeral song. It is to be used as a funeral song. 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."