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New Defender's Study Bible Notes
19:1 lamentation for the princes. In this parabolic lamentation, the successive evil “princes of Israel,” after good King Josiah, are first pictured as young lions, then their respective fates are described. Jehoahaz is taken in chains to Egypt (Ezekiel 19:4); Jehoiachin is taken to Babylon (Ezekiel 19:9). Then, Israel is pictured again as a vine (Ezekiel 19:10-14), whose “rods” were broken (Ezekiel 19:12).