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Ezekiel 19 :: New International Version (NIV)

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A Lament Over Israel’s Princes

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:1 - “Take up a lament concerning the princes of Israel
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:2 - and say: “ ‘What a lioness was your mother among the lions! She lay down among them and reared her cubs.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:3 - She brought up one of her cubs, and he became a strong lion. He learned to tear the prey and he became a man-eater.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:4 - The nations heard about him, and he was trapped in their pit. They led him with hooks to the land of Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:5 - “ ‘When she saw her hope unfulfilled, her expectation gone, she took another of her cubs and made him a strong lion.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:6 - He prowled among the lions, for he was now a strong lion. He learned to tear the prey and he became a man-eater.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:7 - He broke down[fn] their strongholds and devastated their towns. The land and all who were in it were terrified by his roaring.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:8 - Then the nations came against him, those from regions round about. They spread their net for him, and he was trapped in their pit.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:9 - With hooks they pulled him into a cage and brought him to the king of Babylon. They put him in prison, so his roar was heard no longer on the mountains of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:10 - “ ‘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.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:11 - Its branches were strong, fit for a ruler’s scepter. It towered high above the thick foliage, conspicuous for its height and for its many branches.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:12 - But it was uprooted in fury and thrown to the ground. The east wind made it shrivel, it was stripped of its fruit; its strong branches withered and fire consumed them.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:13 - Now it is planted in the desert, in a dry and thirsty land.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:14 - Fire spread from one of its main[fn] branches and consumed its fruit. No strong branch is left on it fit for a ruler’s scepter.’ “This is a lament and is to be used as a lament.”
NIV Footnotes
Targum (see Septuagint); Hebrew He knew
Two Hebrew manuscripts; most Hebrew manuscripts your blood
Or from under its
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