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Ezekiel 21:1-9 (New International Version)

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Babylon, God's Sword of Judgment

1 The word of the LORD came to me:1 2 "Son of man, set your face against2 Jerusalem and preach against the sanctuary.3 Prophesy against4 the land of Israel 3 and say to her: 'This is what the LORD says: I am against you.5 I will draw my sword6 from its scabbard and cut off from you both the righteous and the wicked.7 4 Because I am going to cut off the righteous and the wicked, my sword8 will be unsheathed against everyone from south to north.9 5 Then all people will know that I the LORD have drawn my sword10 from its scabbard; it will not return11 again.'12 6 "Therefore groan, son of man! Groan before them with broken heart and bitter grief.13 7 And when they ask you, 'Why are you groaning?14' you shall say, 'Because of the news that is coming. Every heart will melt15 and every hand go limp;16 every spirit will become faint17 and every knee become as weak as water.'18 It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign LORD." 8 The word of the LORD came to me: 9 "Son of man, prophesy and say, 'This is what the Lord says: " 'A sword, a sword, sharpened and polished--
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