Ezekiel 21

The  Lord Has Drawn His Sword

1
Ch 21:6 in Hebrew
The word of the  Lord came to me:
2 b  Son of man c  set your face toward Jerusalem and d  preach against the sanctuaries.
Some Hebrew manuscripts, compare Septuagint, Syriac  against their sanctuary
Prophesy against the land of Israel
3and say to the land of Israel, Thus says the  Lord: f  Behold, I am against you and will draw g  my sword from its sheath and h  will cut off from you both righteous and wicked. 4Because I will cut off from you both righteous and wicked, therefore my sword shall be drawn from its sheath against all flesh from south to north. 5 i  And all flesh shall know that I am the  Lord. I have drawn j  my sword from its sheath; k  it shall not be sheathed again.

6“As for you, son of man l  groan; with breaking heart and bitter grief m  groan before their eyes. 7 n  And when they say to you, ‘Why do you groan?’ you shall say, ‘Because of the news o  that it is coming. p  Every heart will melt, and q  all hands will be feeble; every spirit will faint, and r  all knees will be weak as water. s  Behold, it is t  coming, and it will be fulfilled,’” declares the Lord  God.

8And the word of the  Lord came to me: 9 u  Son of man, prophesy and say, Thus says the Lord, say:

v  “A sword, a sword is sharpened
and also polished,
10 w  sharpened for slaughter,
x  polished to flash like lightning!

(Or y  shall we rejoice? You have despised the rod, my son z  with everything of wood.)
Probable reading; Hebrew The rod of my son despises everything of wood
11So the sword is given to be polished, that it may be grasped in the hand. It is sharpened and polished ab  to be given into the hand of the slayer. 12 ac  Cry out and wail, son of man, for it is against my people. It is against all the princes of Israel. They are delivered over to the sword with my people. ad  Strike therefore upon your thigh. 13For it will not be a testingwhat could it do if you despise ae  the rod?”
Or  For it is a testing; and what if even the rod despises? It shall not be!
declares the Lord  God.

14“As for you, ag  son of man, prophesy. ah  Clap your hands and let the sword come down twice ai  yes, three times
Hebrew its third
the sword for those to be slain. It is the sword for the great slaughter, which surrounds them,
15that their hearts may melt, and many stumble.
Hebrew  many stumbling blocks
At all their gates I have given the glittering sword. Ah, it is made like lightning; al  it is taken up
The meaning of the Hebrew word rendered  taken up is uncertain
for slaughter.
16Cut sharply to the right; set yourself to the left, wherever your face is directed. 17I also will an  clap my hands ao  and I will satisfy my fury; ap  I the  Lord have spoken.”

18The word of the  Lord came to me again: 19“As for you, son of man, mark two ways for aq  the sword of the king of Babylon to come. Both of them shall come from the same land. And make ar  a signpost; make it as  at the head of the way to a city. 20Mark a way at  for the sword to come to Rabbah of the Ammonites and to Judah, into Jerusalem the fortified. 21For the king of Babylon stands au  at the parting of the way, at the head of the two ways, to use divination. He shakes the arrows; he consults av  the teraphim;
Or household idols
he looks at the liver.
22Into his right hand comes the divination for Jerusalem, ax  to set battering rams, to open the mouth with murder, to lift up the voice with shouting, to set battering rams against the gates, ay  to cast up mounds, to build siege towers. 23But to them it will seem like a false divination. az  They have sworn solemn oaths, but he brings their guilt to remembrance, ba  that they may be taken.

24Therefore thus says the Lord  God: Because you have made your guilt to be remembered, in that your transgressions are uncovered, so that in all your deeds your sins appearbecause you have come to remembrance bb  you shall be taken in hand. 25And you, O profane
Or slain; also verse 29
bd  wicked one, prince of Israel, be  whose day has come, bf  the time of your final punishment,
26thus says the Lord  God: Remove the turban and take off the crown. Things shall not remain as they are. bg  Exalt that which is low, and bring low that which is exalted. 27A ruin, ruin, ruin I will make it. bh  This also shall not be, bi  until he comes, the one to whom judgment belongs, and I will give it to him.

28“And you, bj  son of man, prophesy, and say, Thus says the Lord  God bk  concerning the Ammonites and concerning their reproach; say bl  A sword, a sword bm  is drawn for the slaughter. bn  It is polished to consume and to flash like lightning 29while bo  they see for you false visions, while they divine lies for you—to place you on the necks of the profane wicked, bp  whose day has come, the time of their final punishment. 30 bq  Return it to its sheath. In the place where you were created, in the land of your origin br  I will judge you. 31And bs  I will pour out my indignation upon you; bt  I will blow upon you with the fire of my wrath, and I will deliver you into the hands of bu  brutish men, skillful to destroy. 32You shall be fuel for the fire. Your blood shall be in the midst of the land. bv  You shall be no more remembered, bw  for I the  Lord have spoken.”

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