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Ezekiel 19 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 "Sing a song of sadness about Israel's princes. 1 "Take up a lament concerning the princes of Israel
2 Say to Israel, " 'You were like a mother lion to your princes. She lay down among the young lions. She brought up her 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 them was Jehoahaz. He became a strong lion. He learned to tear apart what he caught. And he ate men up. 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. They trapped him in their pit. They put hooks in his face. And they led him away 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 mother lion looked and waited. But all of her hope was gone. So she got another one of her cubs. She made him into a strong 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. He became very strong. He learned to tear apart what he caught. And he ate men up. 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 broke down their forts. He completely destroyed their towns. The land and all those who were in it were terrified when he roared. 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 nations came against him. They came from all around him. They spread out their net to catch him. He was trapped 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 They used hooks to pull him into a cage. They brought him to the king of Babylonia. They put him in prison. So his roar was not 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 " 'Israel, you were like a vine in a vineyard. It was planted near water. It had a lot of fruit and many branches. 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. Each was good enough to be made into a ruler's rod. The vine grew high above all of the leaves. It stood out because it was so tall and had so 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 Nebuchadnezzar became angry. He pulled it up by its roots. He threw it to the ground. The east wind dried it up. Its fruit was stripped off. Its strong branches dried up. And fire destroyed them. 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 Babylonian desert. It is in a dry and thirsty land. 13 Now it is planted in the desert, in a dry and thirsty land.
14 One of its main branches was Zedekiah. Fire spread from it and burned up its fruit. None of its branches is good enough to be made into a ruler's rod.' "That is a song of sadness. And that is how it should be used." 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."