This chapter contains a metaphor in which the princes of Israel are described as lion cubs. One in particular is raised up, and learns how to attack his prey. “Nations gathered around him: in their pit he was caught, and they brought him with hooks to the land of Egypt (Ezekiel 19:4).” The metaphor continues, with the growing lion attacking men and then being trapped and abused by other nations. It’s not clear to me if the lion is supposed to be pitied, or if he has his punishment coming to him by virtue of how he treated others. I’m going to choose to read into this that things aren’t always cut and dry. There’s a cycle when it comes to character, and it’s not clear when it starts. The lion can at once be at fault and a victim, and neither status detracts from the other.