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Ezekiel 21 (Lexham English Bible)

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A Vision of the Avenging Sword of Yahweh

1 And the word of Yahweh {came}a to me, {saying},b 2 "Son of man,c set your face toward Jerusalem, and preach to [the] sanctuaries, and prophesy to the land of Israel. 3 And you must say to the land of Israel, 'Thus says Yahweh: "Look! I [am] against you, and I will draw out my sword from its sheath, and I will cut [off] from you [the] righteous and [the] wicked. 4 Becaused I will cut [off] from you [both] righteous and wicked, therefore my sword will go out from its sheath toe all creaturesf from south [to] north. 5 And they will know, all creatures, that I, Yahweh, I will bring out my sword from its sheath; it will not return again!" ' 6 And you, son of man,g groan {with shaking hips},h and you must groan with bitterness before their eyes. 7 {And then}i when they say to you, 'On account of what [are] you groaning?' then you must say, 'On account of [the] report, for it [is] coming, and every heart will be weak and all hands will hang limp and every spirit will be disheartened, and all knees will go [like] water.' Look! It [is] coming, and it will happen!" {declares}j the Lord Yahweh. 8 And the word of Yahweh {came}k to me, {saying},l 9 "Son of man,m prophesy, and you must say, 'Thus says the Lord,' say, 'A sword, a sword [is] sharpened and [is] also polished. 10 It is sharpened to slaughter a slaughter, {polished to flash like lightning}!n Or will we rejoice?o A rod, my son, [is] despising every tree.p 11 And he gives it to be polished, {to be seized by the hand}.q It is sharpened--a sword--and it [is] polished to give it into [the] hand of [the] killer. 12 Cry and wail, son of man,r for it is against my people; it is against all of the princes of Israel. They are thrown to [the] sword with my people; therefore {strike your thigh}.s 13 For {examine}!t And what if also [the] rod will not be despising?' {declares}u the Lord Yahweh. 14 And you, son of man,v prophesy {and clap your hands}.w And the sword will {strike twice};x let it happen a third time. It [is] a sword of the dead, [the] sword of the great dead that [is] surrounding them, 15 so that a heart melts, and the fallen {multiply}y at all of their gates. I gave a sword for slaughter, [and] alas! It is made for flashing, it is graspedz for slaughtering. 16 Gather together, strike to the right; cause [to] go to the left, where your {edge}aa [is] directed. 17 And also {I myself}bb will {clap my hands},cc and I will satisfy my rage! I, Yahweh, I have spoken." 18 And the word of Yahweh {came}dd to me, {saying},ee 19 "And you, son of man,ff mark [out] for yourselfgg two roads for the coming of the sword of the king of Babylon; they must {both}hh go out from the same land. And hew [out] a {signpost};ii hew [it] at [the] head of [the] road of [the] city. 20 You must mark a road for [the] coming of [the] sword [to] Rabbah of the {Ammonites}jj and [to] Judah, in Jerusalem [the] fortified. 21 For the king of Babylon stands at the fork of the road at the head of the two roads to practice divination. {He shakes the arrows},kk he inquires with the teraphim, he {examines}ll the liver. 22 In his right hand is the divination for Jerusalem, to put [up] battering rams, to open [a] mouth for slaughter,mm {to raise the battle cry},nn to put [up] battering rams against gates, to build a siege ramp, to build siege works.oo 23 And it will be to them like practicing divination falselypp in their eyes; {they have sworn oaths for themselves}.qq Butrr he [will] bring [their] guilt to remembrance [so as] to seize them. 24 "Therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh: 'Because you have brought to remembrance your guilt by the uncovering of your transgressions, so that your sins in all of your deeds appear--because of your being remembered, you will be captured in the hand.' 25 And [as for] you, profane one, wicked prince of Israel, whose day has come with [the] time of [the] punishment of [the] end, 26 thus says the Lord Yahweh: 'Remove the turban and lift off the crown; things [are] no longer the same. Exalt the low and bring low the high. 27 A ruin, a ruin, a ruin I will make it! Alsoss this has not [ever] happened;tt [it will remain] until the coming of [the one] [to] whom the judgment belongs and I have given it [to him].' 28 And you, son of man,uu prophesy, and you must say, 'Thus says the Lord Yahweh to the {Ammonites}vv and concerning their disgrace,' and you must say, 'A sword, a sword [is] drawn for slaughtering; [it is] polished for holding, {for flashing like lightning},ww 29 when seeing a false vision for you in vain, when practicing divination for you falsely, to givexx you on [the] neck of [the] profane ones of [the] wicked, {whose day has come},yy {the time of final punishment}.zz 30 Return it to its sheath in [the] place where you were created. In the land of your origin I will judge you! 31 And I will pour out my anger on you; I will blow on you with the fire of my wrath, and I will give you into [the] hand of brutal men, skilled craftsmen of destruction. 32 You will be as fuel for the fire; your blood will be in the midst of the earth. You will not be remembered, for I, Yahweh, I have spoken.'"
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