Ezekiel 21 ©
Ezekiel prophesieth the sword of the Lord against all flesh in the land of Israel, sighing bitterly for a sign. Another prophecy of a bright and sharp sword, commissioned to destroy. The sword of the king of Babylon, in suspense which of two ways to take, by divination is directed the way to Jerusalem. The fall of the profane prince of Israel, and of his kingdom for a time. The destruction of the Ammonites.
AND the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
And say to the land of Israel, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, dI am against thee, and will draw forth emy sword out of his sheath, and fwill cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked.
And it shall be, when they say unto thee, Wherefore sighest thou? that thou shalt answer, nFor the tidings; because it cometh: and oevery heart shall melt, and all hands shall be feeble, and every spirit shall faint, and all knees 1shall be weak as water: behold, it pcometh, and shall be brought to pass, saith the Lord GOD.
¶Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
It is sharpened to make a *sore slaughter; it is *furbished that it may glitter: rshould we then make mirth? 2it s*contemneth the rod of my son, as every tree.
Thou therefore, son of man, prophesy, and smite thine 5hands together, and zlet the sword be doubled the third time, the sword of the slain: it is the sword of the great men that are slain, which entereth ainto their *privy chambers.
¶The word of the LORD came unto me again, saying,
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye have lmade your iniquity to be remembered, in that your transgressions are *discovered, so that in mall your doings your sins do appear; because, I say, that ye are come to remembrance, nye shall be taken with the hand.
¶And thou, son of man, prophesy and say, sThus saith the Lord GOD concerning the Ammonites, and concerning their reproach; even say thou, The sword, the sword is drawn: for the slaughter it is *furbished, to consume because of the glittering: