Ezekiel 21:16

16 Slash to the right, you sword, then to the left, wherever your blade is turned.

Read Ezekiel 21:16 Using Other Translations

Go thee one way or other, either on the right hand, or on the left, whithersoever thy face is set.
Cut sharply to the right; set yourself to the left, wherever your face is directed.
O sword, slash to the right, then slash to the left, wherever you will, wherever you want.

What does Ezekiel 21:16 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ezekiel 21:16

Go thee one way or another
Go to some one place: or "unite thyself" F1; to other swords, or join other soldiers holding swords; the address is to the sword, to steer its course some one way, and slay as it goes along, sparing none: either on the right, or on the left; or south, or north;
so the Targum,

``unsheathe, and slay on the south, and destroy on the north:''
whithersoever thy face is set;
or prepared, as the Targum, or appointed for destruction; this is the usual interpretation: but why may not the words be an apostrophe to the prophet, to go alone or single, either to the right or left, south or north, as his face was set, ( Ezekiel 21:2 ) , sighing and crying, smiting his hands together, in order to affect the minds of the people with the sense of their calamities coming upon them?

F1 (ydxath) "unito Montanus", Piscator, Polanus; "unitor te", Starckius; "in unum dirigitor", Cocceius.
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