- And thou, take thou up a lamentation for the princes of Israel,
- and say, What was thy mother?
A lioness: she lay down among lions, she nourished her whelps in the midst of the young lions.
- And she brought up one of her whelps;
it became a young lion, and he learned to catch the prey;
he devoured men.
- And the nations heard of him;
he was taken in their pit, and they brought him with nose-rings into the land of Egypt.
- And when she saw that she had waited [and] her hope was lost, she took another of her whelps, [and] made him a young lion.
- And he went up and down among the lions;
he became a young lion, and learned to catch the prey;
he devoured men.
- And he knew their [desolate] palaces, and he laid waste their cities, so that the land was desolate, and all it contained, by the noise of his roaring.
- Then the nations set against him on every side from the provinces, and spread their net over him;
he was taken in their pit.
- And they put him in a cage with nose-rings, and brought him to the king of Babylon;
they brought him into strongholds, that his voice should no more be heard upon the mountains of Israel.
- Thy mother was as a vine, in thy rest, planted by the waters: it was fruitful and full of branches by reason of many waters.
- And it had strong rods for sceptres of them that bear rule, and its stature was exalted between the thick boughs;
and it was conspicuous by its height with the multitude of its branches.
- But it was plucked up in fury, it was cast down to the ground, and the east wind dried up its fruit;
its strong rods were broken and withered;
the fire consumed them.
- And now it is planted in the wilderness, in a dry and thirsty ground:
- and a fire is gone out of a rod of its branches, [which] hath devoured its fruit;
so that it hath no strong rod to be a sceptre for ruling.
This is a lamentation, and shall be for a lamentation.