“Son of man, prophesy and say, ‘This is what the Lord says:

“‘A sword, a sword,
    sharpened and polished—
10 sharpened for the slaughter,(A)
    polished to flash like lightning!

“‘Shall we rejoice in the scepter of my royal son? The sword despises every such stick.(B)

11 “‘The sword is appointed to be polished,(C)
    to be grasped with the hand;
it is sharpened and polished,
    made ready for the hand of the slayer.

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22 It is all the same; that is why I say,
    ‘He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.’(A)

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57 The righteous perish,(A)
    and no one takes it to heart;(B)
the devout are taken away,
    and no one understands
that the righteous are taken away
    to be spared from evil.(C)

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“‘Alas, sword(A) of the Lord,
    how long till you rest?
Return to your sheath;
    cease and be still.’(B)
But how can it rest
    when the Lord has commanded it,
when he has ordered it
    to attack Ashkelon and the coast?”(C)

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