Ezekiel 21

Parable of the Sword of the  Lord

Ch 21:6 in Heb
And the word of the  Lord came to me saying,
2Son of man, b  set your face toward Jerusalem, and
Lit flow
d  speak against the sanctuaries and prophesy against the land of Israel;
3and say to the land of Israel, ‘Thus says the  Lord, “Behold e  I am against you; and I will draw My sword out of its sheath and cut off from you the f  righteous and the wicked. 4Because I will cut off from you the righteous and the wicked, therefore My sword will go forth from its sheath against g  all flesh from south to north. 5Thus all flesh will know that I, the  Lord, have drawn My sword out of its sheath. It will h  not return to its sheath again.”’ 6As for you, son of man, groan with breaking
Lit loins
heart and bitter grief, groan in their sight.
7And when they say to you, ‘Why do you groan?’ you shall say, ‘Because of the j  news that is coming; and k  every heart will melt, all hands will be feeble, every spirit will
Lit be dim
faint and all knees will
Lit flow
be weak as water. Behold, it comes and it will happen,’ declares the Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord , and so throughout the ch

8Again the word of the  Lord came to me, saying, 9Son of man, prophesy and say, ‘Thus says the  Lord.’ Say, o  A sword, a sword sharpened
And also polished!
10Sharpened to make a p  slaughter,
Lit lightning to be to her
to flash like lightning!’
Or shall we rejoice, the
Or scepter
rod of My son s  despising every tree?

11It is given to be polished, that it may be handled; the sword is sharpened and polished, to give it into the hand of the slayer. 12 t  Cry out and wail, son of man; for it is against My people, it is against all the u  officials of Israel. They are delivered over to the sword with My people, therefore strike your thigh. 13“For there is a testing; and what if even the
Or scepter
rod which despises will be no more?” declares the Lord  God.

14You therefore, son of man, prophesy and clap your hands together; and let the sword be w  doubled the third time, the sword for the slain. It is the sword for the great one slain, which surrounds them, 15that their x  hearts may melt, and many y  fall at all their z  gates. I have given the glittering sword. Ah! It is made for striking like lightning, it is wrapped up in readiness for slaughter. 16
Or Unite yourself
Show yourself sharp, go to the right; set yourself; go to the left, wherever your
Lit face
edge is appointed.
17I will also clap My hands together, and I will
Lit cause to rest
ad  appease My wrath; I, the  Lord, have spoken.”

The Instrument of God’s Judgment

18The word of the  Lord came to me saying, 19As for you, son of man,
Or set for yourself
af  make two ways for the sword of the king of Babylon to come; both of them will go out of one land. And
Lit cut out a hand
make a signpost;
Lit cut it
make it at the head of the way to the city.
20“You shall
Lit set
mark a way for the sword to come to aj  Rabbah of the sons of Ammon, and to Judah into ak  fortified Jerusalem.
21For the king of Babylon stands at the
Lit mother
parting of the way, at the head of the two ways, to use am  divination; he an  shakes the arrows, he consults the
Heb teraphim
ap  household idols, he looks at the liver.
22Into his right hand came the divination, ‘Jerusalem,’ to aq  set battering rams, to open the mouth
Lit in
for slaughter, to lift up the voice with a battle cry, to set battering rams against the gates, to cast up ramps, to build a siege wall.
23And it will be to them like a false divination in their eyes; as  they have sworn solemn oaths. But he at  brings iniquity to remembrance, that they may be seized.

24Therefore, thus says the Lord  God, ‘Because you have made your iniquity to be remembered, in that your transgressions are uncovered, so that in all your deeds your sins appearbecause you have come to remembrance, you will be seized with the hand. 25And you, O slain, wicked one, the prince of Israel, whose au  day has come, in the time of the
Or iniquity
punishment of the end,’
26thus says the Lord  God, ‘Remove the turban and take off the aw  crown; this will
Lit not this
no longer be the same. ay  Exalt that which is low and abase that which is high.
27az  A ruin, a ruin, a ruin, I will make it. This also will be no more until ba  He comes whose right it is, and I will give it to Him.’

28And you, son of man, prophesy and say, ‘Thus says the Lord  God concerning the sons of Ammon and concerning their bb  reproach,’ and say: ‘A sword, a sword is drawn, polished for the slaughter, to cause it
Lit to finish
to bd  consume, that it may be like lightning
29while they see for you be  false visions, while they divine lies for you— to place you on the necks of the wicked who are slain, whose day has come, in the bf  time of the
Or iniquity
punishment of the end.
30bh  Return it to its sheath. In the bi  place where you were created, in the land of your origin, I will judge you. 31‘I will bj  pour out My indignation on you; I will bk  blow on you with the fire of My wrath, and I will give you into the hand of brutal men,
Or artisans of
bm  skilled in destruction.
32‘You will be
Lit food
bo  fuel for the fire; your blood will be in the midst of the land. You will bp  not be remembered, for I, the  Lord, have spoken.’”
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