1“And take up a lamentation for the leaders of Yisra’ĕl,
2and you shall say, ‘What a lioness was your mother among the lions! She lay down among the lions, in the midst of the young lions she reared her cubs.
3And she brought up one of her cubs, and he became a young lion. And he learned to tear the prey, he devoured men.
4Then nations heard of him. He was caught in their pit, and they brought him with chains to the land of Mitsrayim.
5When she saw, as she waited, that her expectancy was lost, she took another of her cubs and made him a young lion.
6And he went about among the lions, and became a young lion. And he learned to tear the prey, he devoured men.
7And he knew their widows, and laid waste their cities. And the land and all who filled it was stunned by the noise of his roaring.
8Then nations set against him from the provinces on every side, and spread their net over him, he was caught in their pit.
9And they put him in a cage in chains, and brought him to the sovereign of Baḇel. They brought him in nets, so his roar was no longer heard on the mountains of Yisra’ĕl.
10Your mother was like a vine in your vineyard, planted by the waters, a bearer of fruit and branching, because of many waters.
11And she had strong rods for sceptres of rulers. And her stature was exalted among the thick branches, and was seen in her height with the mass of its branches.
12But she was uprooted in wrath, she was cast down to the ground, and the east wind dried her fruit. Her strong rods were broken and withered, fire consumed them.
13And now she is planted in the wilderness, in a dry and thirsty land.
14And fire went out from a rod of her branches. It devoured her fruit, so that she has no strong rod, a sceptre to rule.’ ” This is a lament, and it shall be a lament.