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Ezekiel 19 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Sing the blues over the princes of Israel. 1 "Take up a lament concerning the princes of Israel
2 Say: What a lioness was your mother among lions! She crouched in a pride of young lions. Her cubs grew large. 2 and say: " 'What a lioness was your mother among the lions! She lay down among the young lions and reared her cubs.
3 She reared one of her cubs to maturity, a robust young lion. He learned to hunt. He ate men. 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 Nations sounded the alarm. He was caught in a trap. They took him with hooks and dragged him 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 When the lioness saw she was luckless, that her hope for that cub was gone, She took her other cub and made him a strong 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 prowled with the lions, a robust young lion. He learned to hunt. He ate men. 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 rampaged through their defenses, left their cities in ruins. The country and everyone in it was terrorized by the roars of the lion. 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 got together to hunt him. Everyone joined the hunt. They set out their traps and caught him. 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 put a wooden collar on him and took him to the king of Babylon. No more would that voice be heard disturbing the peace in 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 Here's another way to put it: Your mother was like a vine in a vineyard, transplanted alongside streams of water, Luxurious in branches and grapes because of the ample 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 It grew sturdy branches fit to be carved into a royal scepter. It grew high, reaching into the clouds. Its branches filled the horizon, and everyone could see it. 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 Then it was ripped up in a rage and thrown to the ground. The hot east wind shriveled it up and stripped its fruit. The sturdy branches dried out, fit for nothing but kindling. 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's a stick stuck out in the desert, a bare stick in a desert of death, 13 Now it is planted in the desert, in a dry and thirsty land.
14 Good for nothing but making fires, campfires in the desert. Not a hint now of those sturdy branches fit for use as a royal scepter! (This is a sad song, a text for singing the blues.) 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."