41 when I sharpen my flashing sword(A)
    and my hand grasps it in judgment,
I will take vengeance(B) on my adversaries
    and repay those who hate me.(C)
42 I will make my arrows drunk with blood,(D)
    while my sword devours flesh:(E)
the blood of the slain and the captives,
    the heads of the enemy leaders.”

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“‘Alas, sword(A) of the Lord,
    how long till you rest?
Return to your sheath;
    cease and be still.’(B)

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Then all people will know that I the Lord have drawn my sword(A) from its sheath; it will not return(B) again.’(C)

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The Shepherd Struck, the Sheep Scattered

“Awake, sword,(A) against my shepherd,(B)
    against the man who is close to me!”
    declares the Lord Almighty.
“Strike the shepherd,
    and the sheep will be scattered,(C)
    and I will turn my hand against the little ones.

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