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Ezekiel 19 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Israel Degraded
Mourning for Degraded Israel
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:1 - “Moreover take up a lamentation for the princes of Israel,
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:2 - “and say:

‘What is your mother? A lioness:
She lay down among the lions;
Among the young lions she nourished her cubs.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:3 - She brought up one of her cubs,
And he became a young lion;
He learned to catch prey,
And he devoured men.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:4 - The nations also heard of him;
He was trapped in their pit,
And they brought him with chains to the land of Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:5 - ‘When she saw that she waited, that her hope was lost,
She took another of her cubs and made him a young lion.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:6 - He roved among the lions,
And became a young lion;
He learned to catch prey;
He devoured men.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:7 - He knew their desolate places,[fn]
And laid waste their cities;
The land with its fullness was desolated
By the noise of his roaring.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:8 - Then the nations set against him from the provinces on every side,
And spread their net over him;
He was trapped in their pit.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:9 - They put him in a cage with chains,
And brought him to the king of Babylon;
They brought him in nets,
That his voice should no longer be heard on the mountains of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:10 - ‘Your mother was like a vine in your bloodline,[fn]
Planted by the waters,
Fruitful and full of branches
Because of many waters.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:11 - She had strong branches for scepters of rulers.
She towered in stature above the thick branches,
And was seen in her height amid the dense foliage.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:12 - But she was plucked up in fury,
She was cast down to the ground,
And the east wind dried her fruit.
Her strong branches were broken and withered;
The fire consumed them.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:13 - And now she is planted in the wilderness,
In a dry and thirsty land.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 19:14 - Fire has come out from a rod of her branches
And devoured her fruit,
So that she has no strong branch— a scepter for ruling.’ ”
This is a lamentation, and has become a lamentation.
NKJV Footnotes
Septuagint reads He stood in insolence; Targum reads He destroyed its palaces; Vulgate reads He learned to make widows.
Literally blood, following Masoretic Text, Syriac, and Vulgate; Septuagint reads like a flower on a pomegranate tree; Targum reads in your likeness.

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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For more information on this translation, see the NKJV Preface.

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