1aAnd the word of the LORDcame to me saying,
2"Son of man, 1set your facetowardJerusalem, and b2speakagainst the sanctuaries and prophesyagainst the land of Israel;
and say to the land of Israel, 'Thussays the LORD, "Behold, 3I am against you; and I will draw My sword out of its sheath and cutoff from you the 4righteous and the wicked.
4"Because I will cutoff from you the righteous and the wicked, therefore My sword will goforth from its sheathagainst5allflesh from south to north.
"Thus allflesh will know that I, the LORD, have drawn My sword out of its sheath. It will 6not return to its sheath again."'
"As for you, son of man, groan with breakingcheart and bittergrief, groan in their sight.
"And when they say to you, 'Why do you groan?' you shall say, 'Because of the 7news that is coming; and 8everyheart will melt, allhands will be feeble, everyspirit will dfaint and allknees will ebe weak as water. Behold, it comes and it will happen,' declares the LordfGOD."
Again the word of the LORDcame to me, saying,
9"Son of man, prophesy and say, 'Thussays the LORD.' Say, '9A sword, a swordsharpened And alsopolished!
10'Sharpened to make a 10slaughter, Polishedgto flash like lightning!' Or shall we rejoice, the hrod of My son11despisingeverytree?
"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.
"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, thereforestrike your thigh.
"For there is a testing; and whatifeven the irod which despises will be no more?" declares the LordGOD.
"You therefore, son of man, prophesy and clap your handstogether ; and let the sword be 14doubled the thirdtime, the sword for the slain. It is the sword for the greatoneslain, which surrounds them,
that their 15hearts may melt, and many16fall at all their 17gates. I have given the glitteringsword. Ah! It is made for striking like lightning, it is wrapped up in readiness for slaughter.
"jShow yourself sharp, go to the right; set yourself; go to the left, wherever your kedge is appointed.
"I will alsoclap My handstogether , and I will l18appease My wrath; I, the LORD, have spoken."
The word of the LORDcame to me saying,
"As for you, son of man, m19maketwoways for the sword of the king of Babylon to come; both of them will go out of oneland. And nmake a signpost; omake it at the head of the way to the city.
"You shall pmark a way for the sword to come to 20Rabbah of the sons of Ammon, and to Judah into 21fortifiedJerusalem.
"For the king of Babylonstands at the qparting of the way, at the head of the twoways, to use22divination; he 23shakes the arrows, he consults the r24householdidols, he looks at the liver.
"Into his righthandcame the divination, 'Jerusalem,' to 25setbatteringrams, to open the mouthsfor slaughter, to lift up the voice with a battlecry, to setbatteringramsagainst the gates, to cast up ramps, to build a siegewall.
"And it will be to them like a falsedivination in their eyes; 26they have sworn solemnoaths. But he 27bringsiniquity to remembrance, that they may be seized.
24"Therefore, thussays the LordGOD, 'Because you have made your iniquity to be remembered, in that your transgressions are uncovered, so that in all your deeds your sinsappear-because you have come to remembrance, you will be seized with the hand.
'And you, O slain, wickedone, the prince of Israel, whose28day has come, in the time of the tpunishment of the end,'
26thussays the LordGOD, 'Remove the turban and takeoff the 29crown; this will uno longer be the same. 30Exalt that which is low and abase that which is high.
'31A ruin, a ruin, a ruin, I will make it. Thisalso will be no more until32He comeswhoseright it is, and I will give it to Him.'
"And you, son of man, prophesy and say, 'Thussays the LordGODconcerning 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 -
while they see for you 35falsevisions, while they divinelies for you-to place you on the necks of the wickedwho are slain, whoseday has come, in the 36time of the wpunishment of the end.
'37Return it to its sheath. In the 38placewhere you were created, in the land of your origin, I will judge you.
'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 brutalmen, x41skilled in destruction.
'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.' "