Ezekiel 19

Lament for the Princes of Israel

19:1 “And you, sing1 a lament for the princes of Israel, 19:2 and say:

“‘What a lioness was your mother among the lions!

She lay among young lions;2 she reared her cubs.

19:3 She reared one of her cubs; he became a young lion.

He learned to tear prey; he devoured people.3

19:4 The nations heard about him; he was trapped in their pit.

They brought him with hooks to the land of Egypt.4

19:5 “‘When she realized that she waited in vain, her hope was lost.

She took another of her cubs5 and made him a young lion.

19:6 He walked about among the lions; he became a young lion.

He learned to tear prey; he devoured people.

19:7 He broke down6 their strongholds7 and devastated their cities.

The land and everything in it was frightened at the sound of his roaring.

19:8 The nations – the surrounding regions – attacked him.

They threw their net over him; he was caught in their pit.

19:9 They put him in a collar with hooks;8

they brought him to the king of Babylon;

they brought him to prison9

so that his voice would not be heard

any longer on the mountains of Israel.

19:10 “‘Your mother was like a vine in your vineyard,10 planted by water.

It was fruitful and full of branches because it was well-watered.

19:11 Its boughs were strong, fit11 for rulers’ scepters; it reached up into the clouds.

It stood out because of its height and its many branches.12

19:12 But it was plucked up in anger; it was thrown down to the ground.

The east wind13 dried up its fruit;

its strong branches broke off and withered –

a fire consumed them.

19:13 Now it is planted in the wilderness,

in a dry and thirsty land.14

19:14 A fire has gone out from its branch; it has consumed its shoot and its fruit.15

No strong branch was left in it, nor a scepter to rule.’

This is a lament song, and has become a lament song.”

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