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Ezekiel 21 (New American Standard)

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Parable of the Sword of the LORD

1 aAnd the word of the LORD came to me saying, 2 "Son of man, 1set your face toward Jerusalem, and b2speak against the sanctuaries and prophesy against the land of Israel; 3 and say to the land of Israel, 'Thus says the LORD, "Behold, 3I am against you; and I will draw My sword out of its sheath and cut off from you the 4righteous and the wicked. 4 "Because I will cut off from you the righteous and the wicked, therefore My sword will go forth from its sheath against 5all flesh from south to north. 5 "Thus all flesh will know that I, the LORD, have drawn My sword out of its sheath. It will 6not return to its sheath again."' 6 "As for you, son of man, groan with breaking cheart and bitter grief, groan in their sight. 7 "And when they say to you, 'Why do you groan?' you shall say, 'Because of the 7news that is coming; and 8every heart will melt, all hands will be feeble, every spirit will dfaint and all knees will ebe weak as water. Behold, it comes and it will happen,' declares the Lord fGOD." 8 Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 9 "Son of man, prophesy and say, 'Thus says the LORD.' Say, '9A sword, a sword sharpened And also polished! 10 'Sharpened to make a 10slaughter, Polished gto flash like lightning!' Or shall we rejoice, the hrod of My son 11despising every tree? 11 "It 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 "12Cry out and wail, son of man; for it is against My people, it is against all the 13officials 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 irod which despises will be no more?" declares the Lord GOD. 14 "You therefore, son of man, prophesy and clap your hands together ; and let the sword be 14doubled the third time, the sword for the slain. It is the sword for the great one slain, which surrounds them, 15 that their 15hearts may melt, and many 16fall at all their 17gates. I have given the glittering sword. Ah! It is made for striking like lightning, it is wrapped up in readiness for slaughter. 16 "jShow yourself sharp, go to the right; set yourself; go to the left, wherever your kedge is appointed. 17 "I will also clap My hands together , and I will l18appease My wrath; I, the LORD, have spoken."

The Instrument of God's Judgment

18 The word of the LORD came to me saying, 19 "As for you, son of man, m19make two ways for the sword of the king of Babylon to come; both of them will go out of one land. And nmake a signpost; omake it at the head of the way to the city. 20 "You shall pmark a way for the sword to come to 20Rabbah of the sons of Ammon, and to Judah into 21fortified Jerusalem. 21 "For the king of Babylon stands at the qparting of the way, at the head of the two ways, to use 22divination; he 23shakes the arrows, he consults the r24household idols, he looks at the liver. 22 "Into his right hand came the divination, 'Jerusalem,' to 25set battering rams, to open the mouth sfor 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. 23 "And it will be to them like a false divination in their eyes; 26they have sworn solemn oaths. But he 27brings iniquity to remembrance, that they may be seized. 24 "Therefore, 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 appear -because you have come to remembrance, you will be seized with the hand. 25 'And you, O slain, wicked one, the prince of Israel, whose 28day has come, in the time of the tpunishment of the end,' 26 thus says the Lord GOD, 'Remove the turban and take off the 29crown; this will uno longer be the same. 30Exalt that which is low and abase that which is high. 27 '31A ruin, a ruin, a ruin, I will make it. This also will be no more until 32He comes whose right it is, and I will give it to Him.' 28 "And you, son of man, prophesy and say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD concerning the sons of Ammon and concerning their 33reproach,' and say: 'A sword, a sword is drawn, polished for the slaughter, to cause it vto 34consume, that it may be like lightning - 29 while they see for you 35false 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 36time of the wpunishment of the end. 30 '37Return it to its sheath. In the 38place where you were created, in the land of your origin, I will judge you. 31 'I will 39pour out My indignation on you; I will 40blow on you with the fire of My wrath, and I will give you into the hand of brutal men, x41skilled in destruction. 32 'You will be y42fuel for the fire; your blood will be in the midst of the land. You will 43not be remembered, for I, the LORD, have spoken.' "
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