A Vision of the Avenging Sword of Yahweh

1 And the word of Yahweh {came} to me, {saying},

References for Ezekiel 21:1

    • a 21:1 - Literally "was"
    • b 21:1 - Literally "to say"
      2 "Son of man, set your face toward Jerusalem, and preach to [the] sanctuaries, and prophesy to the land of Israel.

      References for Ezekiel 21:2

        • c 21:2 - Or "mortal," or "son of humankind"
          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 Because I will cut [off] from you [both] righteous and wicked, therefore my sword will go out from its sheath to all creatures from south [to] north.

          References for Ezekiel 21:4

            • d 21:4 - Hebrew "Because that"
            • e 21:4 - Or "against"
            • f 21:4 - Hebrew "creature"
              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, groan {with shaking hips}, and you must groan with bitterness before their eyes.

              References for Ezekiel 21:6

                • g 21:6 - Or "mortal," or "son of humankind"
                • h 21:6 - Literally "with destruction of loins"
                  7 {And then} 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} the Lord Yahweh.

                  References for Ezekiel 21:7

                    • i 21:7 - Literally "and it will be"
                    • j 21:7 - Literally "declaration of"
                      8 And the word of Yahweh {came} to me, {saying},

                      References for Ezekiel 21:8

                        • k 21:8 - Literally "was"
                        • l 21:8 - Literally "to say"
                          9 "Son of man, prophesy, and you must say, 'Thus says the Lord,' say, 'A sword, a sword [is] sharpened and [is] also polished.

                          References for Ezekiel 21:9

                            • m 21:9 - Or "mortal," or "son of humankind"
                              10 It is sharpened to slaughter a slaughter, {polished to flash like lightning}! Or will we rejoice? A rod, my son, [is] despising every tree.

                              References for Ezekiel 21:10

                                • n 21:10 - Literally "so that there be for her lightning"
                                • o 21:10 - Or "be pleased"
                                • p 21:10 - Or "stick" of correction; Hebrew is uncertain in meaning here
                                  11 And he gives it to be polished, {to be seized by the hand}. It is sharpened--a sword--and it [is] polished to give it into [the] hand of [the] killer.

                                  References for Ezekiel 21:11

                                    • q 21:11 - Literally "to take hold of in the palm of the hand"
                                      12 Cry and wail, son of man, 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}.

                                      References for Ezekiel 21:12

                                        • r 21:12 - Or "mortal," or "son of humankind"
                                        • s 21:12 - Literally "strike on [the] thigh"
                                          13 For {examine}! And what if also [the] rod will not be despising?' {declares} the Lord Yahweh.

                                          References for Ezekiel 21:13

                                            • t 21:13 - Literally "it was tested"
                                            • u 21:13 - Literally "declaration of"
                                              14 And you, son of man, prophesy {and clap your hands}. And the sword will {strike twice}; let it happen a third time. It [is] a sword of the dead, [the] sword of the great dead that [is] surrounding them,

                                              References for Ezekiel 21:14

                                                • v 21:14 - Or "mortal," or "son of humankind"
                                                • w 21:14 - Literally "strike hand to hand"
                                                • x 21:14 - Literally "be doubled"
                                                  15 so that a heart melts, and the fallen {multiply} at all of their gates. I gave a sword for slaughter, [and] alas! It is made for flashing, it is grasped for slaughtering.

                                                  References for Ezekiel 21:15

                                                    • y 21:15 - Literally "be made many"
                                                    • z 21:15 - Or "polished"
                                                      16 Gather together, strike to the right; cause [to] go to the left, where your {edge} [is] directed.

                                                      References for Ezekiel 21:16

                                                        • { 21:16 - Literally "face"
                                                          17 And also {I myself} will {clap my hands}, and I will satisfy my rage! I, Yahweh, I have spoken."

                                                          References for Ezekiel 21:17

                                                            • | 21:17 - Literally "I, I"
                                                            • } 21:17 - Literally "strike my hand to my hand"
                                                              18 And the word of Yahweh {came} to me, {saying},

                                                              References for Ezekiel 21:18

                                                                • ~ 21:18 - Literally "was"
                                                                •  21:18 - Literally "to say"
                                                                  19 "And you, son of man, mark [out] for yourself two roads for the coming of the sword of the king of Babylon; they must {both} go out from the same land. And hew [out] a {signpost}; hew [it] at [the] head of [the] road of [the] city.

                                                                  References for Ezekiel 21:19

                                                                    • € 21:19 - Or "mortal," or "son of humankind"
                                                                    •  21:19 - Hebrew "you"
                                                                    • ‚ 21:19 - Literally "the two of them"
                                                                    • ƒ 21:19 - Literally "hand"
                                                                      20 You must mark a road for [the] coming of [the] sword [to] Rabbah of the {Ammonites} and [to] Judah, in Jerusalem [the] fortified.

                                                                      References for Ezekiel 21:20

                                                                        • „ 21:20 - Literally "sons of Ammon"
                                                                          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}, he inquires with the teraphim, he {examines} the liver.

                                                                          References for Ezekiel 21:21

                                                                            • … 21:21 - Literally "he casts the lot with the arrows" (cf. NASB, NRSV)
                                                                            • † 21:21 - Literally "sees with"
                                                                              22 In his right hand is the divination for Jerusalem, to put [up] battering rams, to open [a] mouth for slaughter, {to raise the battle cry}, to put [up] battering rams against gates, to build a siege ramp, to build siege works.

                                                                              References for Ezekiel 21:22

                                                                                • ‡ 21:22 - Or "open the mouth of Sheol"; or "give the command to slaughter" (cf. NRSV, NASB)
                                                                                • ˆ 21:22 - Literally "to raise a voice in shouting"
                                                                                • ‰ 21:22 - Hebrew "siege work"
                                                                                  23 And it will be to them like practicing divination falsely in their eyes; {they have sworn oaths for themselves}. But he [will] bring [their] guilt to remembrance [so as] to seize them.

                                                                                  References for Ezekiel 21:23

                                                                                    • Š 21:23 - Or "in vain"
                                                                                    • ‹ 21:23 - Literally "swearers of oaths [will be] for them"
                                                                                    • Œ 21:23 - Or "And"
                                                                                      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! Also this has not [ever] happened; [it will remain] until the coming of [the one] [to] whom the judgment belongs and I have given it [to him].'

                                                                                      References for Ezekiel 21:27

                                                                                        •  21:27 - Or "indeed"
                                                                                        • Ž 21:27 - Or "will not happen until" (cf. NASB and NRSV)
                                                                                          28 And you, son of man, prophesy, and you must say, 'Thus says the Lord Yahweh to the {Ammonites} 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},

                                                                                          References for Ezekiel 21:28

                                                                                            •  21:28 - Or "mortal," or "son of humankind"
                                                                                            •  21:28 - Literally "sons of Ammon"
                                                                                            • ‘ 21:28 - Literally "for the sake of lightening"
                                                                                              29 when seeing a false vision for you in vain, when practicing divination for you falsely, to give you on [the] neck of [the] profane ones of [the] wicked, {whose day has come}, {the time of final punishment}.

                                                                                              References for Ezekiel 21:29

                                                                                                • ’ 21:29 - Or "place"
                                                                                                • “ 21:29 - Literally "who has come their day"
                                                                                                • ” 21:29 - Literally "in [the] time of [the] punishment of [the] end"
                                                                                                  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.'"