Ezekiel 19

A Lament for the Princes of Israel

1 And you, 1take up a lamentation for the princes of Israel,
2 and say: What was your mother? 2A lioness! Among lions she crouched; in the midst of young lions she reared her cubs.
3 And she brought up one of her cubs; 3he became a young lion, 4and he learned to catch prey; he devoured men.
4 The nations heard about him; 5he was caught in their pit, 6and they brought him with hooks to the land of Egypt.
5 When she saw that she waited in vain, that her hope was lost, 7she took another of her cubs and made him a young lion.
6 He prowled among the lions; he became a young lion, and he learned to catch prey; he devoured men,
7 and seizeda their widows. He laid waste their cities, and the land was appalled and all who were in it at the sound of his roaring.
8 8Then the nations set against him from provinces on every side; 9they spread their net over him; 10he was taken in their pit.
9 With hooks 11they put him in a cageb and 12brought him to the king of Babylon; they brought him into custody, that his voice should no more be heard on 13the mountains of Israel.
10 Your mother was 14like a vine in a vineyardc planted by the water, 15fruitful and full of branches 16by reason of abundant water.
11 Its strong stems became rulers' scepters; it towered aloft among the thick boughs;d it was seen in its height with the mass of its branches.
12 But the vine was plucked up in fury, cast down to the ground; 17the east wind dried up its fruit; they were stripped off and withered. As for its strong stem, fire consumed it.
13 18Now it is planted in the wilderness, in a dry and thirsty land.
14 19And fire has gone out from the stem of its shoots, has consumed its fruit, 20so that there remains in it no strong stem, no scepter for ruling.This is 21a lamentation and has become a lamentation.
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