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Ezekiel 21 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Parable of the Sword of the LORD

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 21:1 - [fn]And the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 21:2 - “Son of man, set your face against Jerusalem, and [fn]speak prophetically against the sanctuaries and prophesy against the land of Israel;
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 21:3 - and say to the land of Israel, ‘This is what the LORD says: “Behold, I am against you; and I will draw My sword from its sheath and cut off from you the righteous and the wicked.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 21:4 - “Because I will cut off from you the righteous and the wicked, therefore My sword will go out from its sheath against [fn]humanity from south to north.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 21:5 - “So [fn]humanity will know that I, the LORD, have drawn My sword from its sheath. It will not return to its sheath again.”’
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 21:6 - “As for you, son of man, groan with [fn]a breaking heart and bitter grief; you shall groan in their sight.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 21:7 - “And when they say to you, ‘Why are you groaning?’ you shall say, ‘Because of the news, for it is coming; and every heart will melt, all hands will go limp, every spirit will be disheartened, and all [fn]knees will drip with water. Behold, it is coming and it will happen,’ declares the Lord [fn]GOD.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 21:8 - And the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 21:9 - “Son of man, prophesy and say, ‘This is what the LORD says:’ Say,
‘A sword, a sword sharpened
And also polished!
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 21:10 - ‘Sharpened to make a slaughter,
Polished [fn]to flash like lightning!’
Or shall we rejoice, the [fn]rod of My son despising every tree?
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 21:11 - “And it is given to be polished, so that it may be handled; the sword is sharpened and polished, to hand it over to the slaughterer.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 21:12 - “Cry out and wail, son of man; for it is against My people, it is against all the officials of Israel. They are turned over to the sword with My people, therefore [fn]slap your thigh.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 21:13 - “For there is a testing; and what if even the [fn]rod which despises will cease to be?” declares the Lord GOD.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 21:14 - “You therefore, son of man, prophesy and clap your hands; and let the sword be doubled the third time, the sword for the slain. It is the sword for the great one slain, which surrounds them,
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 21:15 - so that their hearts will waver, and many fall at all their gates. I have granted the slaughter of the sword. Oh! It is made for striking like lightning, it is sharpened in readiness for slaughter.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 21:16 - “Prove yourself sharp, go to the right; set yourself; go to the left, wherever your [fn]edge is ordered.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 21:17 - “I will also clap My hands, and I will satisfy My wrath; I, the LORD, have spoken.”

The Instrument of God’s Judgment

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 21:18 - And the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 21:19 - “Now as for you, son of man, [fn]make two ways for the sword of the king of Babylon to come; both of them will go out of one land. And [fn]make a signpost; [fn]make it at the head of the way to the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 21:20 - “You shall [fn]mark a way for the sword to come to Rabbah of the sons of Ammon, and to Judah into fortified Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 21:21 - “For the king of Babylon stands at the [fn]parting of the way, at the head of the two ways, to use divination; he shakes the arrows, he consults the [fn]household idols, he looks at the liver.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 21:22 - “Into his right hand came the divination, ‘Jerusalem,’ to set up battering rams, to open the mouth [fn]for [fn]slaughter, to raise the voice with a battle cry, to set up battering rams against the gates, to pile up assault ramps, to build a siege wall.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 21:23 - “And it will be to them like a false divination in their eyes; they have sworn solemn oaths. But he makes guilt known, so that they may be seized.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 21:24 - “Therefore, this is what the Lord GOD says: ‘Because you have made your guilt known, in that your offenses are uncovered, so that in all your deeds your sins are seen—because you have come to mind, you will be seized by the hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 21:25 - ‘And you, slain, wicked one, the prince of Israel, whose day has come, in the time of the [fn]punishment of the end,’
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 21:26 - this is what the Lord GOD says: ‘Remove the [fn]turban and take off the crown; this will [fn]no longer be the same. Exalt that which is low, and humble that which is high.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 21:27 - ‘Ruins, ruins, ruins, I will make it! This also will be no longer until He comes whose right it is, and I will give it to Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 21:28 - “And you, son of man, prophesy and say, ‘This is what the Lord GOD says concerning the sons of Ammon and their taunting,’ and say: ‘A sword, a sword is drawn, sharpened for the slaughter, to make it [fn]consume, so that it may be like lightning
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 21:29 - while they see false visions for you, while they divine lies for you—to place you on the necks of the wicked who are killed, whose day has come, in the time of the [fn]punishment of the end.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 21:30 - ‘Return it to its sheath. In the place where you were created, in the land of your origin, I will judge you.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 21:31 - ‘I will pour out My indignation on you; I will blow on you with the fire of My wrath, and I will hand you over to brutal men, craftsmen of destruction.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 21:32 - ‘You will be [fn]fuel for the fire; your blood will be in the midst of the land. You will not be remembered, for I, the LORD, have spoken.’”
NASB20 Footnotes
Ch 21:6 in Heb
Lit flow
Lit all flesh
Lit all flesh
Lit shaking hips
Heb idiom meaning to wet oneself
Heb YHWH, usually rendered LORD, and so throughout the ch
Lit that lightning may be to her
Or scepter
I.e., in grief
Or scepter
Lit face
Or set for yourself
Lit cut out a hand
Lit cut it
Lit set
Lit mother
Heb teraphim
Lit in
Another reading is war-cry
Or wrongdoing
Or headband
Lit not this
Lit finish
Or wrongdoing
Lit food

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