A Lament Over Israel’s Princes

1“Take up a lament concerning the princes of Israel 2and say:
  “ ‘What a lioness was your mother
   among the lions!
  She lay down among them
   and reared her cubs.
  3She brought up one of her cubs,
   and he became a strong lion.
  He learned to tear the prey
   and he became a man-eater.
  4The nations heard about him,
   and he was trapped in their pit.
  They led him with hooks
   to the land of Egypt.

  5“ ‘When she saw her hope unfulfilled,
   her expectation gone,
  she took another of her cubs
   and made him a strong lion.
  6He prowled among the lions,
   for he was now a strong lion.
  He learned to tear the prey
   and he became a man-eater.
  7He broke down their strongholds
   and devastated their towns.
  The land and all who were in it
   were terrified by his roaring.
  8Then the nations came against him,
   those from regions round about.
  They spread their net for him,
   and he was trapped in their pit.
  9With hooks they pulled him into a cage
   and brought him to the king of Babylon.
  They put him in prison,
   so his roar was heard no longer
   on the mountains of Israel.

  10“ ‘Your mother was like a vine in your vineyard
   planted by the water;
  it was fruitful and full of branches
   because of abundant water.
  11Its 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.
  12But it was uprooted in fury
   and thrown to the ground.
  The east wind made it shrivel,
   it was stripped of its fruit;
  its strong branches withered
   and fire consumed them.
  13Now it is planted in the desert,
   in a dry and thirsty land.
  14Fire spread from one of its main branches
   and consumed its fruit.
  No strong branch is left on it
   fit for a ruler’s scepter.’
“This is a lament and is to be used as a lament.”