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Ezekiel 19:1-4

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Lament for the Princes of Israel

19:1 “And you, sing 1  a lament for the princes of Israel, 19:2 and say:

“‘What a lioness was your mother among the lions!

She lay among young lions; 2  she reared her cubs.

19:3 She reared one of her cubs; he became a young lion.

He learned to tear prey; he devoured people. 3 

19:4 The nations heard about him; he was trapped in their pit.

They brought him with hooks to the land of Egypt. 4 

Ezekiel 19:6

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19:6 He walked about among the lions; he became a young lion.

He learned to tear prey; he devoured people.

1 tn Heb “lift up.”

2 sn Lions probably refer to Judahite royalty and/or nobility. The lioness appears to symbolize the Davidic dynasty, though some see the referent as Hamutal, the wife of Josiah and mother of Jehoahaz and Zedekiah. Gen 49:9 seems to be the background for Judah being compared to lions.

3 tn Heb “a man.”

4 sn The description applies to king Jehoahaz (2 Kgs 23:31-34; Jer 22:10-12).



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