The Sword of Judgment
21:1 (21:6)1 The word of the
21:6 “And you, son of man, groan with an aching heart11 and bitterness; groan before their eyes.
21:7 When they ask you, ‘Why are you groaning?’ you will reply, ‘Because of the report that has come. Every heart will melt with fear and every hand will be limp; everyone12 will faint and every knee will be wet with urine.’13 Pay attention – it is coming and it will happen, declares the sovereign
21:8 The word of the
“‘A sword, a sword is sharpened,
and also polished.
21:10 It is sharpened for slaughter,
it is polished to flash like lightning!
“‘Should we rejoice in the scepter of my son? No! The sword despises every tree!14
21:11 “‘He gave it to be polished,
to be grasped in the hand –
the sword is sharpened, it is polished –
giving it into the hand of the executioner.
21:12 Cry out and moan, son of man,
for it is wielded against my people;
against all the princes of Israel.
They are delivered up to the sword, along with my people.
Therefore, strike your thigh.15
21:13 “‘For testing will come, and what will happen when the scepter, which the sword despises, is no more?16 declares the sovereign
21:14 “And you, son of man, prophesy,
and clap your hands together.
Let the sword strike twice, even three times!
It is a sword for slaughter,
a sword for the great slaughter surrounding them.
21:15 So hearts melt with fear and many stumble.
At all their gates I have stationed the sword for slaughter.
Ah! It is made to flash, it is drawn for slaughter!
21:16 Cut sharply on the right!
Swing to17 the left,
wherever your edge18 is appointed to strike.
21:17 I too will clap my hands together,
I will exhaust my rage;
21:18 The word of the
21:24 “Therefore this is what the sovereign
21:25 “‘As for you, profane and wicked prince of Israel,35
whose day has come, the time of final punishment,
21:26 this is what the sovereign
Tear off the turban,36
take off the crown!
Things must change!37
Exalt the lowly,
bring down the proud!38
21:27 A total ruin I will make it!39
It will come to an end
when the one arrives to whom I have assigned judgment.’40
21:28 “As for you, son of man, prophesy and say, ‘This is what the sovereign
“‘A sword, a sword drawn for slaughter,
polished to consume,42 to flash like lightning –
21:29 while seeing false visions for you
and reading lying omens for you43 –
to place that sword44 on the necks of the profane wicked,45
whose day has come,
the time of final punishment.
21:30 Return it to its sheath!46
In the place where you were created,47
in your native land, I will judge you.
21:31 I will pour out my anger on you;
the fire of my fury I will blow on you.
I will hand you over to brutal men,
who are skilled in destruction.
21:32 You will become fuel for the fire –
your blood will stain the middle of the land;48
you will no longer be remembered,
for I, the