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Ezekiel 21:1-7 (Common English Bible)

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The sword

1 TheaLORD's word came to me: 2 Human one, face Jerusalem, preach against their sanctuary, and prophesy against Israel's fertile land. 3 Say to Israel's fertile land, The LORD proclaims: I'm now against you! I will draw my sword from its sheath and cut off both the righteous and the wicked from you. 4 In order to cut off the righteous and wicked from you, my sword will go out from its sheath against everyone from south to north. 5 And everyone will know that I, the LORD, have taken my sword out of its sheath. It won't be put away again. 6 You, human one, groan in their sight; groan bitterly with trembling knees. 7 If they ask you why you're groaning, say to them, "Because of the news." When it comes, every heart will despair, every hand will hang lifeless, every spirit will be listless, and urine will run down every leg. It's coming! It will happen! This is what the LORD God says.
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