Ezekiel 19
Lament for the Leaders of Israel
1“And you, raise a lament about#Or “over” the leaders of Israel, 2and you must say,
‘What a lioness was your mother
among the lions.
She lay down in the midst of young lions,
and she reared her lion cubs.
3And she raised up one from her cubs;
he became a fierce lion,
and he learned to tear prey;
he ate#Or “devoured” humans.#Hebrew “human”
4And nations heard about him;
in their pit he was caught,
and they brought him with hooks
to the land of Egypt.
5And she saw#Or “realized” that she was waiting in vain;
her hope was destroyed,
and she took one from her cubs,
and she made him a fierce lion.
6And he walked about in the midst of lions;
he became a fierce lion,
and he learned to tear prey;
he ate#Or “devoured” humans.#Hebrew “human”
7And he knew their widows,#Or “ravished/raped”; or “he ravaged their strongholds”
and he devastated their cities,
and the land was appalled, and everyone in it#Literally “its fullness”
at the sound of his roar.
8And nations set out against him
from the surrounding provinces,#Literally “all around from the provinces”
and they spread their net over him,
and he was caught in their pit.
9And they put him in a collar with hooks,
and they brought him to the king of Babylon;
they brought him into#Hebrew “in” a prison,
so that his voice would not be heard any longer#Literally “longer”
on the mountains of Israel.
10Your mother was like the vine in your vineyard;#Or “in the vineyard”
planted fruitfully#Literally “fruitful” beside water,
and it was full of branches
from many waters.#Or “from waters abundant/many”
11And she produced branches of strength#Literally “they became to her branches/rods of strength”
to#Or “for” scepters of rulers;
its height became tall
between#Or “among” thick foliage,
and it was seen#Or “visible” because of its tallness
among the abundance of its branches.
12But it was uprooted in rage;
it was thrown to the earth,
and the east wind dried up its fruit;
they were stripped off,
and its strong branch dried up;
fire consumed it.
13And now it is planted in the desert,
in a dry and thirsty land.#Literally “a land of dryness and thirst”
14And so fire has gone out from the stem of its branches;
its fruit it has consumed,
and there was not in it a strong branch,#Literally “a branch of strength”
a scepter for ruling.’ ”
This is a lament, and it will be used as a lament.#Literally “she is for a lament”
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