Ezekiel 19 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 "Sing this funeral song for the princes of Israel: 1 "Take up a lament concerning the princes of Israel
2 'What is your mother? A lioness among lions! She lay down among the young lions and reared 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 She raised one of her cubs to become a strong young lion. He learned to catch and devour prey, and he became a man-eater. 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 Then the nations heard about him, and he was trapped in their pit. They led him away in chains to 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 'When the mother lion saw that all her hopes for him were gone, she took another of her cubs and taught him to be 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 among the other lions and became a leader among them. He learned to catch and devour prey, and he, too, became a man-eater. 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 demolished fortresses in nearby nations and destroyed their towns and cities. Their farms were desolated, and their crops were destroyed. Everyone in the land trembled in fear when they heard him 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 Then the armies of the nations attacked him, surrounding him from every direction. They spread out their nets for him and captured 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 dragged him into a cage and brought him before the king of Babylon. They held him in captivity, so his voice could never again be heard 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 vine planted by the water's edge. It had lush, green foliage because of the abundant 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 became very strong, strong enough to be a ruler's scepter. It soon became very tall, towering above all the others. It stood out because of its height and because of its many lush 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 the vine was uprooted in fury and thrown down to the ground. The desert wind dried up its fruit and tore off its branches. Its stem was destroyed by fire. 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 the vine is growing in the wilderness, where the ground is hard and dry. 13 Now it is planted in the desert, in a dry and thirsty land.
14 A fire has come from its branches and devoured its fruit. None of the remaining limbs is strong enough to be a ruler's scepter.' This is a funeral song, and it is now time for the funeral." 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."