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Ezekiel 19

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 1 "Moreover take up a lamentation for the princes of Israel,

 2 And say, What a lioness was your mother! She lay down among lions, she nourished her cubs among young lions.

 3 And she brought up one of her cubs; it became a young lion and it learned to catch the prey; it devoured men.

 4 The nations heard of him and he was taken in their pit, and they brought him with chains to the land of Egypt.

 5 Now when she had waited, and saw her hope was lost, then she took another of her cubs and made him a young lion.

 6 And he went up and down among the lions; he became a young lion and learned to catch the prey, and devoured men.

 7 And he knew their desolate palaces and laid waste their cities; and the land was desolate, and land and all who were in it were disheartened with fear by the noise of his roaring.

 8 Then the nations came against him from the provinces around him, and spread their net over him, and he was trapped in their pit.

 9 And they put him in a cage with hooks, and brought him to the king of Babylon. They brought him into strongholds, so that his voice should no longer be heard on the mountains of Israel.

 10 Your mother is like a vine in your blood, planted by the waters; she was fruitful and full of branches because of the of many waters.

 11 And she had strong branches for the scepters of those who ruled. Her stature was exalted among the thick branches, and she was conspicuous in her height among the multitude of her branches.

 12 But she was plucked up in His fury, she was cast down to the ground, and the east wind dried up her fruit; her strong branches were broken and withered; the fire consumed them.

 13 And now she is planted in the wilderness, in a dry and thirsty ground.

 14 And fire has gone out of one of her branches and devoured her fruit, so that she has no strong branch to be a scepter to rule. This is a lamentation, and shall be for a lamentation."


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