Ezekiel 19:10–14

10 “ ‘Your mother was like a vine in your vineyardb c

planted by the water;d

it was fruitful and full of branches

because of abundant water.e

11 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.f

12 But it was uprootedg in fury

and thrown to the ground.

The east windh made it shrivel,

it was stripped of its fruit;

its strong branches withered

and fire consumed them.i

13 Now it is planted in the desert,j

in a dry and thirsty land.k

14 Fire spread from one of its mainc branches

and consumedl its fruit.

No strong branch is left on it

fit for a ruler’s scepter.’m

“This is a lamentn and is to be used as a lament.”

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