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Ezekiel 19 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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A Lament for Israel’s Princes
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“As for you, take up a lament for the princes of Israel,

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“and say:

What was your mother? A lioness!

She lay down among the lions;

she reared her cubs among the young lions.

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“She brought up one of her cubs,

and he became a young lion.

After he learned to tear prey,

he devoured people.

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“When the nations heard about him,

he was caught in their pit.

Then they led him away with hooks

to the land of Egypt.

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“When she saw that she waited in vain,

that her hope was lost,

she took another of her cubs

and made him a young lion.

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“He prowled among the lions,

and he became a young lion.

After he learned to tear prey,

he devoured people.

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“He devastated their strongholds[fn]

and destroyed their cities.

The land and everything in it shuddered

at the sound of his roaring.

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“Then the nations from the surrounding provinces

set out against him.

They spread their net over him;

he was caught in their pit.

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“They put a wooden yoke on him[fn] with hooks

and led him away to the king of Babylon.

They brought him into the fortresses

so his roar could no longer be heard

on the mountains of Israel.

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“Your mother was like a vine in your vineyard,[fn]

planted by the water;

it was fruitful and full of branches

because of abundant water.

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“It had strong branches, fit for the scepters of rulers;

its height towered among the clouds.[fn]

So it was conspicuous for its height

as well as its many branches.

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“But it was uprooted in fury,

thrown to the ground,

and the east wind dried up its fruit.

Its strong branches were torn off and dried up;

fire consumed them.

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“Now it is planted in the wilderness,

in a dry and thirsty land.

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“Fire has gone out from its main branch[fn]

and has devoured its fruit,

so that it no longer has a strong branch,

a scepter for ruling.

This is a lament and should be used as a lament.”

CSB Footnotes
Tg, Aq; MT reads knew their widows
Or put him in a cage
Some Hb mss; other Hb mss read blood
Or thick foliage
Lit from the branch of its parts

Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers.

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