The Book of the Prophet Ezekiel
1 – Moreover take thou up a lamentation for the princes of Israel,
2 – And say: Why did thy mother the lioness lie down among the lions, and bring up her whelps in the midst of young lions?
3 – And she brought out one of her whelps, and he became a lion: and he learned to catch the prey, and to devour men.
4 – And the nations heard of him, and took him, but not without receiving wounds: and they brought him in chains into the land of Egypt.
5 – But she seeing herself weakened, and that her hope was lost, took one of her young lions, and set him up for a lion.
6 – And he went up and down among the lions, and became a lion: and he learned to catch the prey, and to devour men.
7 – He learned to make widows, and to lay waste their cities: and the land became desolate, and the fulness thereof by the noise of his roaring.
8 – And the nations Game together against him on every side out of the provinces, and they spread their net over him, in their wounds he was taken.
9 – And they put him into a cage, they brought him in chains to the king of Babylon: and they cast him into prison, that his voice should no more be heard upon the mountains of Israel.
10 – Thy mother is like a vine in thy blood planted by the water: her fruit and her branches have grown out of many waters.
11 – And she hath strong rods to make sceptres for them that bear rule, and her stature was exalted among the branches: and she saw her height in the multitude of her branches.
12 – But she was plucked up in wrath, and cast on the ground, and the burning wind dried up her fruit: her strong rods are withered, and dried up: the fire hath devoured her.
13 – And now she is transplanted into the desert, in a land not passable, and dry.
14 – And a fire is gone out from a rod of her branches, which hath devoured her fruit: so that she now hath no strong rod, to be a sceptre of rulers. This is a lamentation, and it shall be for a lamentation.
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