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The Prophecy of Yahweh’s Sword

21 [a]And the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, “Son of man, (A)set your face toward Jerusalem and (B)speak, dripping out words against the sanctuaries and prophesy against the land of Israel and say to the land of Israel, ‘Thus says Yahweh, “Behold, (C)I am against you; and I will bring out My sword from its sheath and cut off from you the (D)righteous and the wicked. Because I will cut off from you the righteous and the wicked, therefore My sword will go out from its sheath against (E)all flesh from south to north. Thus all flesh will know that I, Yahweh, have brought out My sword from its sheath. It will (F)not return to its sheath again.”’ Now as for you, son of man, groan with breaking [b]heart and bitter grief, groan in their sight. And it will be that when they say to you, ‘Why do you groan?’ you shall say, ‘Because of the (G)report that is coming; and (H)every heart will melt, all hands will fall limp, every spirit will [c]faint, and all knees will [d]be weak as water. Behold, it is coming, and it will happen,’ declares Lord Yahweh.”

Again the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, “Son of man, prophesy and say, ‘Thus says [e]the Lord.’ Say,

(I)A sword, a sword sharpened
And also polished!
10 Sharpened to make a (J)slaughter,
Polished [f]to flash like lightning!’

Or shall we [g]rejoice in the [h]scepter of My son? The sword (K)despises every tree. 11 It is given to be polished, that it may be seized by the [i]hand; the sword is sharpened and polished, to give it into the hand of the one who kills. 12 (L)Cry out and wail, son of man; for it is against My people; it is against all the (M)princes of Israel. They are delivered over to the sword with My people; therefore slap your thigh. 13 For there is a testing; and what if even the [j]scepter [k]which the sword despises will be no more?” declares Lord Yahweh.

14 “You therefore, son of man, prophesy and strike your hands together; and let the sword be (N)doubled the third time, the sword for the slain. It is the sword for the great one slain, which surrounds them, 15 that their (O)hearts may melt, and many will be (P)stumbling blocks at all their (Q)gates. I have given the glittering sword. Ah! It is made for striking like lightning, it is wrapped up in readiness for slaughter. 16 [l]Show yourself sharp, go to the right; set yourself; go to the left, wherever your [m]edge is appointed. 17 And I will also strike My hands together, and I will [n](R)cause My wrath to be at rest; I, Yahweh, have spoken.”

A Sword for Slaughter

18 And the word of Yahweh came to me saying, 19 “Now as for you, son of man, [o](S)make two ways for the sword of the king of Babylon to come; both of them will go out of one land. And [p]make a signpost; [q]make it at the head of the way to the city. 20 You shall [r]mark a way for the sword to come to (T)Rabbah of the sons of Ammon and to Judah into (U)fortified Jerusalem. 21 For the king of Babylon stands at the [s]parting of the way, at the head of the two ways, to use (V)divination; he (W)shakes the arrows; he asks the [t](X)household idols; he looks at the liver. 22 Into his right hand came the divination, ‘Jerusalem,’ to (Y)set battering rams, to open the mouth [u]for killing, to lift up the voice with a shout of war, 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 worthless divination in their eyes; (Z)they have sworn solemn oaths. But he (AA)brings iniquity to remembrance, that they may be seized.

24 “Therefore, thus says Lord Yahweh, ‘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 (AB)day has come, in the time of the iniquity of the end,’ 26 thus says Lord Yahweh, ‘Remove the turban and take off the (AC)crown; this will [v]no longer be the same. (AD)Make high that which is low and make low that which is high. 27 (AE)A ruin, a ruin, a ruin, I will make it. This also will be no more until (AF)He comes to whom the legal judgment belongs, and I will give it to Him.’

28 “Now as for you, son of man, prophesy and say, ‘Thus says Lord Yahweh concerning the sons of Ammon and concerning their (AG)reproach,’ and say: ‘A sword, a sword is drawn, polished for the slaughter, to cause it [w]to (AH)consume, that it may be like lightning— 29 while they behold for you (AI)worthless 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 (AJ)time of the iniquity of the end. 30 (AK)Return it to its sheath. In the (AL)place where you were created, in the land of your origin, I will judge you. 31 And I will (AM)pour out My indignation on you; I will (AN)blow on you with the fire of My fury, and I will give you into the hand of brutal men, (AO)craftsmen of destruction. 32 You will be [x](AP)fuel for the fire; your blood will be in the midst of the land. You will (AQ)not be remembered, for I, Yahweh, have spoken.’”


  1. Ezekiel 21:1 Ch 21:6 in Heb
  2. Ezekiel 21:6 Lit loins
  3. Ezekiel 21:7 Lit be dim
  4. Ezekiel 21:7 Lit flow
  5. Ezekiel 21:9 Some mss and versions Yahweh
  6. Ezekiel 21:10 Lit lightning to be to her
  7. Ezekiel 21:10 Or rejoice, the scepter of My son despising every tree?
  8. Ezekiel 21:10 Or rod
  9. Ezekiel 21:11 Lit palm
  10. Ezekiel 21:13 Or rod
  11. Ezekiel 21:13 Or which despises
  12. Ezekiel 21:16 Or Unite yourself
  13. Ezekiel 21:16 Lit face
  14. Ezekiel 21:17 Or appease
  15. Ezekiel 21:19 Or set for yourself
  16. Ezekiel 21:19 Lit cut out a hand
  17. Ezekiel 21:19 Lit cut it
  18. Ezekiel 21:20 Lit set
  19. Ezekiel 21:21 Lit mother
  20. Ezekiel 21:21 Heb teraphim
  21. Ezekiel 21:22 Lit in
  22. Ezekiel 21:26 Lit not this
  23. Ezekiel 21:28 Lit to finish
  24. Ezekiel 21:32 Lit food