Ezekiel 19
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1"Now as for you, publish this mourning psalm about Israel's leaders. 1"As for you, take up a lamentation for the princes of Israel
2Tell them: 'What a lioness your mother was among lions! She reared her cubs in the midst of fierce young males.2and say, 'What was your mother? A lioness among lions! She lay down among young lions, She reared her cubs.
3She raised one cub in particular, teaching that fierce lion to become a hunter-prowler— to eat human beings.3When she brought up one of her cubs, He became a lion, And he learned to tear his prey; He devoured men.
4The nations heard about him. He had become caught in their trap. They brought him with hooks to the land of Egypt.4'Then nations heard about him; He was captured in their pit, And they brought him with hooks To the land of Egypt.
5When she learned that her plans had been frustrated and that her hopes were dashed, she took another of her cubs and turned him into a fierce lion.5When she saw, as she waited, That her hope was lost, She took another of her cubs And made him a young lion.
6He prowled around among the lions, became a strong, young lion, and learned to become a hunter-prowler— to eat human beings.6And he walked about among the lions; He became a young lion, He learned to tear his prey; He devoured men.
7He raped the women, devastating their towns. The land was made desolate, and all the while the land was filled with the sound of his roaring.7'He destroyed their fortified towers And laid waste their cities; And the land and its fullness were appalled Because of the sound of his roaring.
8The surrounding nations attacked. They tossed their net over him, and he was caught in their trap. 8Then nations set against him On every side from their provinces, And they spread their net over him; He was captured in their pit.
9They imprisoned him in a cage with hooks and brought him to the king of Babel. Then they placed him in their dungeon where his voice would no longer be heard on the mountains of Israel.9'They put him in a cage with hooks And brought him to the king of Babylon; They brought him in hunting nets So that his voice would be heard no more On the mountains of Israel.
10Your mother was like a vine entwining a pomegranate, planted by water, full of fruit, and full of branches because it had been watered generously.10'Your mother was like a vine in your vineyard, Planted by the waters; It was fruitful and full of branches Because of abundant waters.
11Strong were its boughs, suitable for use in the scepter of a ruler. It reached to the clouds, noticeable because of its height and its abundant branches.11And it had strong branches fit for scepters of rulers, And its height was raised above the clouds So that it was seen in its height with the mass of its branches.
12Yet in anger it was uprooted and cast down to the earth. An east wind desiccated its fruit; its strong branches broke off and withered, and a fire consumed them.12'But it was plucked up in fury; It was cast down to the ground; And the east wind dried up its fruit. Its strong branch was torn off So that it withered; The fire consumed it.
13Now it is planted in the desert, in a dry and thirsty land!13'And now it is planted in the wilderness, In a dry and thirsty land.
14Fire had burned through its branches, consuming its shoots and fruits. No strong branches remain in it, and there is no scepter to rule!' "This is a lamentation, and it is to be used in mourning."14And fire has gone out from its branch; It has consumed its shoots and fruit, So that there is not in it a strong branch, A scepter to rule.'" This is a lamentation, and has become a lamentation.
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