Ezekiel 19 ©

1 A lamentation for the princes of Israel, under the parable of lions' cubs taken in a pit; 10 and for Jerusalem, under the parable of a wasted vine.


MOREOVER take thou up aa lamentation for the bprinces of Israel,


And say, What is thy mother? cA lioness: she lay down among lions, she nourished her *whelps among young lions.


And dshe brought up one of her *whelps: it became a young lion, and it learned to catch the prey; it devoured men.


The enations also heard of him; he was taken in their pit, and they brought him with chains unto the land of Egypt.


Now when she saw that she had waited, and fher hope was lost, gthen she took another of her *whelps, and made him a young lion.


And hhe went up and down among the lions, he became a young lion, and learned to catch the prey, and devoured men.


And he knew 1their desolate palaces, and he laid waste their cities; and the land was desolate, and the fulness thereof, by the noise of his roaring.


Then ithe nations set against him on every side from the provinces, and jspread their net over him: he was taken in their pit.


And they put him *in ward 2in chains, and brought him to the king of Babylon: kthey brought him into holds, that his voice should no more be heard upon the mountains of Israel.


¶Thy mother is like la vine in thy 3blood, planted by the waters: mshe was fruitful and full of branches by reason of many waters.


And she had nstrong rods for the sceptres of them that bare rule, and her stature was exalted among othe thick branches, and she appeared in her height with the multitude of her branches.

n 2Sa. 5; 8; 10. 2Ch. 1; 9; 13; 14; 17; 20; 32.

But pshe was plucked up in fury, she was cast down to the ground, and qthe east wind dried up her fruit: her strong rods were broken and withered; rthe fire consumed them.


And snow she is planted in the wilderness, in a tdry and thirsty ground.


And ufire is gone out of a rod of her branches, which hath vdevoured her fruit, so that she hath wno strong rod to be a sceptre to rule. xThis is a lamentation, and shall be for a lamentation.