17 They will devour(A) your harvests and food,
    devour(B) your sons and daughters;
they will devour(C) your flocks and herds,
    devour your vines and fig trees.(D)
With the sword(E) they will destroy
    the fortified cities(F) in which you trust.(G)

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“I will send four kinds of destroyers(A) against them,” declares the Lord, “the sword(B) to kill and the dogs(C) to drag away and the birds(D) and the wild animals to devour and destroy.(E)

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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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You fear the sword,(A) and the sword is what I will bring against you, declares the Sovereign Lord.(B)

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17 “Or if I bring a sword(A) against that country and say, ‘Let the sword pass throughout the land,’ and I kill its people and their animals,(B)

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Because I am going to cut off the righteous and the wicked, my sword(A) will be unsheathed against everyone from south to north.(B)

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“Son of man, speak to your people and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword(A) against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make him their watchman,(B)

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