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Ezekiel 19 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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And you, take up a lamentation for the princes of Israel,

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and say:
What was your mother? A lioness!
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And she brought up one of her cubs;
he became a young lion,
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he devoured men.

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The nations heard about him;
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When she saw that she waited in vain,
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He prowled among the lions;
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he devoured men,

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and seized[fn] their widows.
He laid waste their cities,
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Then the nations set against him
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With hooks they put him in a cage[fn]
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Your mother was like a vine in a vineyard[fn]
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Its strong stems became
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But the vine was plucked up in fury,
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Now it is planted in the wilderness,
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And fire has gone out from the stem of its shoots,
has consumed its fruit,
so that there remains in it no strong stem,
no scepter for ruling. This is a lamentation and has become a lamentation.
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