19:1 Moreover, take thou up a lamentation for the princes of Israel,
19:2 and say: How was thy mother a lioness; among lions she couched, in the midst of the young lions she reared her whelps!
19:3 And she brought up one of her whelps, he became a young lion; and he learned to catch the prey, he devoured men.
19:4 Then the nations assembled against him, he was taken in their pit; and they brought him with hooks unto the land of Egypt.
19:5 Now when she saw that she was disappointed, and her hope was lost, then she took another of her whelps, and made him a young lion.
19:6 And he went up and down among the lions, he became a young lion; and he learned to catch the prey, he devoured men.
19:7 And he knew their castles, and laid waste their cities; and the land was desolate, and the fulness thereof, because of the noise of his roaring.
19:8 Then the nations cried out against him on every side from the provinces; and they spread their net over him, he was taken in their pit.
19:9 And they put him in a cage with hooks, and brought him to the king of Babylon; that they might bring him into strongholds, so that his voice should no more be heard upon the mountains of Israel.
19:10 Thy mother was like a vine, in thy likeness, planted by the waters; she was fruitful and full of branches by reason of many waters.
19:11 And she had strong rods to be sceptres for them that bore rule; and her stature was exalted among the thick branches, and she was seen in her height with the multitude of her tendrils.
19:12 But she was plucked up in fury, she was cast down to the ground, and the east wind dried up her fruit; her strong rods were broken off and withered, the fire consumed her.
19:13 And now she is planted in the wilderness, in a dry and thirsty ground.
19:14 And fire is gone out of the rod of her branches, it hath devoured her fruit, so that there is in her no strong rod to be a sceptre to rule.' This is a lamentation, and it was for a lamentation.