Ezekiel 19 TNIV

A Lament Over Israel's Princes

1 "Take up a lament1 concerning the princes2 of Israel

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2 and say: " 'What a lioness3 was your mother among the lions! She lay down among them and reared her cubs.4

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3 She brought up one of her cubs, and he became a strong lion. He learned to tear the prey and he devoured people.
4 The nations heard about him, and he was trapped in their pit. They led him with hooks5 to the land of Egypt.6

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5 " 'When she saw her hope unfulfilled, her expectation gone, she took another of her cubs7 and made him a strong lion.8

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6 He prowled among the lions, for he was now a strong lion. He learned to tear the prey and he devoured people.9

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7 He broke downa their strongholds and devastated10 their towns. The land and all who were in it were terrified by his roaring.

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    • a 19:7 - Targum (see Septuagint); Hebrew "He knew"
      8 Then the nations11 came against him, those from regions round about. They spread their net12 for him, and he was trapped in their pit.13

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      9 With hooks14 they pulled him into a cage and brought him to the king of Babylon.15 They put him in prison, so his roar16 was heard no longer on the mountains of Israel.17

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      10 " 'Your mother was like a vine in your vineyardb18 planted by the water;19 it was fruitful and full of branches because of abundant water.20

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        • b 19:10 - Two Hebrew manuscripts; most Hebrew manuscripts "your blood"
          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.21

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          12 But it was uprooted22 in fury and thrown to the ground. The east wind23 made it shrivel, it was stripped of its fruit; its strong branches withered and fire consumed them.24

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          13 Now it is planted in the desert,25 in a dry and thirsty land.26

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          14 Fire spread from one of its mainc branches and consumed27 its fruit. No strong branch is left on it fit for a ruler's scepter.'28 "This is a lament29 and is to be used as a lament."

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            • c 19:14 - Or "from under its"