Ezekiel 19:3

3 She brought up one of her cubs, and he became a strong lion. He learned to tear the prey and he became a man-eater.

Read Ezekiel 19:3 Using Other Translations

And she brought up one of her whelps: it became a young lion, and it learned to catch the prey; it devoured men.
And she brought up one of her cubs; he became a young lion, and he learned to catch prey; he devoured men.
She raised one of her cubs to become a strong young lion. He learned to hunt and devour prey, and he became a man-eater.

What does Ezekiel 19:3 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ezekiel 19:3

And she brought up one of her whelps
Or sons, as the Targum: or, "made him to ascend" F20, as the word signifies; to mount the throne; this was Jehoahaz, whom the people of the land took and anointed him, and made him king in the stead of Josiah his father, ( 2 Kings 23:30 ) ; it become a young lion;
that is, a king, as the same Targum explains it, and a tyrannical and arbitrary one: and it learned to catch the prey;
being instructed by evil counsellors, he soon learned to oppress his subjects, to get their substance from them, and do many evil things, as he is said to do, ( 2 Kings 23:32 ) ; it devoured men;
or a man, Adam, the people of Israel, so called, ( Ezekiel 34:31 ) ; as the Jews frequently observe; it ate up and destroyed their liberties, privileges, and property.


FOOTNOTES:

F20 (letw) "et ascendere fecit", Pagninus, Montanus, Tigurine version.
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