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A Lament for the Princes of Israel

19 “As for you, take up a (A)lamentation for the (B)princes of Israel and say,

[a]What was your mother?
A lioness among lions!
She lay down among young lions;
She reared her cubs.
So she brought up one of her cubs;
He became a lion,
And he learned to tear his prey;
He devoured men.
Then nations heard about him;
He was captured in their pit,
And they (C)brought him with hooks
To the land of Egypt.
Then she saw, as she waited,
That her hope was lost,
So she took [b]another of her cubs
And made him a young lion.
And he (D)walked about among the lions;
He became a young lion;
He learned to tear his prey;
He devoured men.
He [c]knew how to destroy their [d]fortified towers
And laid waste their cities;
And the land was in desolation, as well as its fullness
Because of the sound of his roaring.
Then (E)nations put themselves against him
All around from their provinces,
And they spread their net over him;
He was captured in their pit.
(F)They put him in a cage with hooks
And (G)brought him to the king of Babylon;
They brought him in hunting nets
So that his voice would be heard no more
On the mountains of Israel.
10 Your mother was (H)like a vine in your [e]vineyard,
Planted by the waters;
It was fruitful and full of branches
Because of abundant waters.
11 And it had [f](I)strong thick branches fit for scepters of rulers,
And its (J)height was exalted above the clouds
So that it was seen in its exaltedness with the mass of its foliage.
12 But it was (K)uprooted in wrath;
It was (L)cast down to the ground;
And the (M)east wind dried up its fruit.
Its [g](N)strong thick branch [h]was torn off
So that [i]it dried up;
The fire consumed it.
13 So now it is planted in the (O)wilderness,
In a dry and thirsty land.
14 And (P)fire has gone out from its thick branch;
It has consumed its shoots and fruit,
So that there is not in it a [j]strong thick branch,
A scepter to rule.’”

This is a lamentation and has become a lamentation.


  1. Ezekiel 19:2 Or Why did your mother, a lioness, lie down among lions; among young lions rear her cubs?
  2. Ezekiel 19:5 Lit one
  3. Ezekiel 19:7 Targum destroy
  4. Ezekiel 19:7 Or widows
  5. Ezekiel 19:10 As in some ancient mss; M.T. blood
  6. Ezekiel 19:11 Lit rods of strength
  7. Ezekiel 19:12 Lit rods of her strength
  8. Ezekiel 19:12 As in Gr; M.T. they were
  9. Ezekiel 19:12 As in Gr; M.T. they
  10. Ezekiel 19:14 Lit rod of strength