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Passage Lookup: Ezekiel 19

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Ezekiel 19:1
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A Lament Over Israel's Princes

"Take up a lament(a) concerning the princes(b) of Israel
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Ezekiel 19:2
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and say: "‘What a lioness(c) was your mother among the lions! She lay down among them and reared her cubs.(d)
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Ezekiel 19:3
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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.
Ezekiel 19:4
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The nations heard about him, and he was trapped in their pit. They led him with hooks(e) to the land of Egypt.(f)
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Ezekiel 19:5
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"‘When she saw her hope unfulfilled, her expectation gone, she took another of her cubs(g) and made him a strong lion.(h)
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Ezekiel 19:6
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He prowled among the lions, for he was now a strong lion. He learned to tear the prey and he became a man-eater.(i)
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Ezekiel 19:7
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He broke down[a] their strongholds and devastated(j) their towns. The land and all who were in it were terrified by his roaring.
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Ezekiel 19:8
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Then the nations(k) came against him, those from regions round about. They spread their net(l) for him, and he was trapped in their pit.(m)
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Ezekiel 19:9
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With hooks(n) they pulled him into a cage and brought him to the king of Babylon.(o) They put him in prison, so his roar(p) was heard no longer on the mountains of Israel.(q)
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Ezekiel 19:10
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"‘Your mother was like a vine in your vineyard[b](r) planted by the water;(s) it was fruitful and full of branches because of abundant water.(t)
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Ezekiel 19:11
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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.(u)
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Ezekiel 19:12
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But it was uprooted(v) in fury and thrown to the ground. The east wind(w) made it shrivel, it was stripped of its fruit; its strong branches withered and fire consumed them.(x)
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Ezekiel 19:13
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Now it is planted in the desert,(y) in a dry and thirsty land.(z)
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Ezekiel 19:14
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Fire spread from one of its main[c] branches and consumed(aa) its fruit. No strong branch is left on it fit for a ruler's scepter.'(ab) "This is a lament(ac) and is to be used as a lament."
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