1 "Moreover a take up a lamentation for the princes of Israel,
'What is your mother? A lioness:
She lay down among the lions;
Among the young lions she nourished her cubs. 3 She brought up one of her cubs,
And b he became a young lion;
He learned to catch prey,
And he devoured men. 4 The nations also heard of him;
He was trapped in their pit,
And they brought him with chains to the land of c Egypt. 5 'When she saw that she waited, that her hope was lost,
She took d another of her cubs and made him a young lion. 6 e He roved among the lions,
And f became a young lion;
He learned to catch prey;
He devoured men. 7 1 He knew their desolate places,
And laid waste their cities;
The land with its fullness was desolated
By the noise of his roaring. 8 g Then the nations set against him from the provinces on every side,
And spread their net over him;
h He was trapped in their pit. 9 i They put him in a cage with 2 chains,
And brought him to the king of Babylon;
They brought him in nets,
That his voice should no longer be heard on j the mountains of Israel.
'Your mother was k like a vine in your 3 bloodline,
Planted by the waters,
l Fruitful and full of branches
Because of many waters. 11 She had strong branches for scepters of rulers.
m She towered in stature above the thick branches,
And was seen in her height amid the 4 dense foliage. 12 But she was n plucked up in fury,
She was cast down to the ground,
And the o east wind dried her fruit.
Her strong branches were broken and withered;
The fire consumed them. 13 And now she is planted in the wilderness,
In a dry and thirsty land.
p Fire has come out from a rod of her branches
And devoured her fruit,
So that she has no strong branch - a scepter for ruling.' "
q This is a lamentation, and has become a lamentation.