I have set the threatening and glittering sword against all their gates, that their hearts may melt and their stumblings be multiplied. Ah! It is made [to flash] like lightning; it is pointed and sharpened for slaughter.
Their hearts will ·melt with fear [L melt], and many people will ·die [stumble; fall]. I have placed the ·killing sword [sword for slaughter] at all their city gates. Oh! The sword is made to flash like lightning. It is ·held [drawn], ready for killing.
so that their hearts melt and the number of those who stumble increase. I’ve set in place a slaughtering sword at the entrance to all their gates. Oh, no! It’s made like lightning. It’s drawn to slaughter.
“So, prophesy, son of man! Clap your hands. Get their attention. Tell them that the sword’s coming down once, twice, three times. It’s a sword to kill, a sword for a massacre, A sword relentless, a sword inescapable— People collapsing right and left, going down like dominoes. I’ve stationed a murderous sword at every gate in the city, Flashing like lightning, brandished murderously. Cut to the right, thrust to the left, murderous, sharp-edged sword! Then I’ll clap my hands, a signal that my anger is spent. I, God, have spoken.”
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