|Parable of the Sword of Yehuveh
21:1 And the word of Yehuveh came unto me, saying,
21:2 Son of man, set thy face toward Jerusalem, and drop thy word toward the holy places, and prophesy against the land of Israel,
21:3 And say to the land of Israel, Thus saith Yehuveh; Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth my sword out of his sheath, and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked.
21:4 Seeing then that I will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked, therefore shall my sword go forth out of his sheath against all flesh from the south to the north:
21:5 That all flesh may know that I Yehuveh have drawn forth my sword out of his sheath: it shall not return any more.
21:6 Sigh therefore, thou son of man, with the breaking of thy loins; and with bitterness sigh before their eyes.
21:7 And it shall be, when they say unto thee, Wherefore sighest thou? that thou shalt answer, For the tidings; because it cometh: and every heart shall melt, and all hands shall be feeble, and every spirit shall faint, and all knees shall be weak as water: behold, it cometh, and shall be brought to pass, saith Yehuveh Elohim.
21:8 Again the word of Yehuveh came unto me, saying,
21:9 Son of man, prophesy, and say, Thus saith Yehuveh; Say, A sword, a sword is sharpened, and also furbished:
21:10 It is sharpened to make a sore slaughter; it is furbished that it may glitter: should we then make mirth? it contemneth the rod of my son, as every tree.
21:11 And he hath given it to be furbished, that it may be handled: this sword is sharpened, and it is furbished, to give it into the hand of the slayer.
21:12 Cry and howl, son of man: for it shall be upon my people, it shall be upon all the princes of Israel: terrors by reason of the sword shall be upon my people: smite therefore upon thy thigh.
21:13 Because it is a trial, and what if the sword contemn even the rod? it shall be no more, saith Yehuveh Elohim.
21:14 Thou therefore, son of man, prophesy, and smite thine hands together. and let 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 into their privy chambers.
21:15 I have set the point of the sword against all their gates, that their heart may faint, and their ruins be multiplied: ah! it is made bright, it is wrapped up for the slaughter.
21:16 Go thee one way or other, either on the right hand, or on the left, whithersoever thy face is set.
21:17 I will also smite mine hands together, and I will cause my fury to rest: I Yehuveh have said it.
Commentary on 21:1-17 [16 September 2007]: Th
Originally Written: 16 September 2007
Latest Update: 16 September 2007
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