Ezekiel prophesieth against Jerusalem with a sign of sighing.
Ezekiel 21:1 Then came the word of Yahweh unto me, saying: Ezekiel 21:2 Son of man, Set thy face against Jerusalem, And drop [thy word] against the holy places, And prophesy against the soil of Israel. Ezekiel 21:3 Thou shalt say then to the soil of Israel, Thus, saith Yahweh, Behold me against thee, Therefore will I bring forth my sword out of its sheath,and will cut off from thee, the righteous and the lawless. Ezekiel 21:4 Because I have cut off from thee, the righteous and the lawless, Therefore, shall my sword go forth out of its sheath against all flesh, from south to north: Ezekiel 21:5 So shall all flesh know, that, I, Yahweh, have brought forth my sword, out of its sheath,it shall not return any more. Ezekiel 21:6 Thou, therefore, O son of man, sigh,In the sharp pain of thy loins and in bitterness, shalt thou sigh, before their eyes. Ezekiel 21:7 And it shall come to pass, when they shall say unto thee, Wherefore art thou, sighing? that thou shalt say, For the report, because it cometh, When every heart, shall melt, And all hands, be unnerved, And every spirit, shall become faint, And, all knees, shall be weak as water, Lo! it cometh, and shall be brought to pass, Saith My Lord, Yahweh.
The sharp and bright sword,
Ezekiel 21:8 And the word of Yahweh came unto me, saying: Ezekiel 21:9 Son of man, Prophesy, and thou shalt say, Thus, saith My Lord,Say, A sword! a sword! Sharpened, moreover also furbished: Ezekiel 21:10 To make a slaughter, is it sharpened, That it may flash as lightning, is it furbished. Or shall we flourish the royal rod of my son, which despiseth every tree? Ezekiel 21:11 It hath, however, been given to be furbished, that it may be grasped by the hand: The same, is a sword, sharpened, Yea, the same, is furbished, Ready to be given into the hand of the slayer. Ezekiel 21:12 Make an outcry and howl, son of man, For, the same, hath come against my people, The same, is against all the princes of Israel,Who are, thrown to the sword, with my people, Therefore, smite thou upon thy thigh. Ezekiel 21:13 For trial hath been made, What then, even though the royal rod despiseth, shall it not be? Demandeth My Lord, Yahweh. Ezekiel 21:14 Thou, therefore, son of man, Prophesy, and smite thy hands together, And let the sword smite twice, thrice, the sword of the slain! The same, is the great sword of the slain, that which hemmeth them in. Ezekiel 21:15 That the heart, may melt, And the overthrow be multiplied, at all their gates, I have recompensed a slaying by the sword: Surely it hath been made ready to flash like lightning, keen for slaughter. Ezekiel 21:16 One firm stroke to the right, Turn to the left,Whithersoever thine edge is directed, Ezekiel 21:17 Yea, even I myself, will smite my hands together, And will cause mine indignation to find rest,I, Yahweh, have spoken.
Ezekiel 21:18 Then came the word of Yahweh unto me, saying: Ezekiel 21:19 Thou, therefore, son of man, Appoint thee two ways, For the sword of the king of Babylon to enter, Out of one land shall those two [ways] come,And, a hand, engrave thou, At the head of the way to the city, engrave it. Ezekiel 21:20 A way, shalt thou appoint, for the sword, to enter, Even to Rabbah of the sons of Ammon,And to Judah, against Jerusalem, the defenced, Ezekiel 21:21 For the king of Babylon, hath come to a stand, At the parting of the way, At the head of the two ways, To divine a divination: He hath shaken with arrows, He hath asked of the household gods, He hath inspected the liver. Ezekiel 21:22 On his right hand, hath come the divinationJerusalem! To plant battering-rams. To open a hole by breach, To lift up the voice, with a war-shout,To plant battering-rams against the gates, To cast up an earth-work, To build a siege-wall. Ezekiel 21:23 Though it will become to them a veritably false, divination in their eyes, even when bound by oaths to them, Yet, he, calling to mind iniquity, [will determine] that it shall be captured. Ezekiel 21:24 Therefore, Thus, saith My Lord, Yahweh, Because ye have brought to mind your iniquity, by revealing your transgressions, causing your sins to appear, in all your doings,Because ye have brought yourselves to mind, By force, shall ye be captured.
against the kingdom,
Ezekiel 21:25 Thou, therefore, O profane, lawless one, prince of Israel,Whose day, hath come, in a time of final iniquity: Ezekiel 21:26 Thus, saith My Lord, Yahweh, Remove the turban, And lift off the crown,This, not that, The abased, exalt, And, the exalted, abase. Ezekiel 21:27 An overthrow, overthrow, overthrow, will I make it,Even this, hath not befallen until the coming of One to whom belongeth the right, Then will I bestow it.
and against the Ammonites.
Ezekiel 21:28 Thou, therefore, son of man, Prophesy and say, Thus, saith My Lord, Yahweh, As to the sons of Ammon, and as to their reproach, Yea thou shalt say, A sword! a sword! Drawn, for slaughter, Furbished, that when it beginneth, it may flash like lightning; Ezekiel 21:29 Since they see for thee, false visions, Since they divine for thee, lies, To stretch thee upon the necks of them who are the most profaned of lawless ones, Whose day, hath come, in a time of final iniquity, Ezekiel 21:30 Put it back into its sheath! In the place where thou wast created, In the land of thy nativity, will I judge, thee Ezekiel 21:31 Then will I pour out upon thee mine indignation, With the fire of mine outburst, will I blow upon thee; and will deliver thee up into the hand of brutish men, skilled to destroy. Ezekiel 21:32 For the fire, shalt thou serve as fuel, Thy blood, shall be in the midst of the land,Thou shalt not be remembered, For, I, Yahweh, have spoken.