Ezekiel prophesieth against Jerusalem with a sign of sighing.
Ezekiel 21:1 And there is a word of Jehovah unto me, saying, Ezekiel 21:2 'Son of man, set thy face unto Jerusalem, and prophesy unto the holy places, and prophesy unto the ground of Israel; Ezekiel 21:3 and thou hast said unto the ground of Israel: Thus said Jehovah: Lo, I [am] against thee, And have brought out My sword from its scabbard, And have cut off from thee righteous and wicked. Ezekiel 21:4 Because that I have cut off from thee righteous and wicked, Therefore go out doth My sword from its scabbard, Unto all flesh, from south to north. Ezekiel 21:5 And known have all flesh that I, Jehovah, Have brought out My sword from its scabbard, It doth not turn back any more. Ezekiel 21:6 And thou, son of man, sigh with breaking of loins, yea, with bitterness thou dost sigh before their eyes, Ezekiel 21:7 and it hath come to pass, when they say unto thee, For what art thou sighing? that thou hast said: Because of the report, for it is coming, And melted hath every heart, And feeble hath been all hands, And weak is every spirit, And all knees gowaters, Lo, it is coming, yea, it hath been, An affirmation of the Lord Jehovah.'
The sharp and bright sword,
Ezekiel 21:8 And there is a word of Jehovah unto me, saying, Ezekiel 21:9 'Son of man, prophesy, and thou hast said, Thus said Jehovah, say: A sword, a sword is sharpened, and also polished. Ezekiel 21:10 So as to slaughter a slaughter it is sharpened. So as to have brightness it is polished, Desire hath rejoiced the sceptre of my son, It is despising every tree. Ezekiel 21:11 And he giveth it for polishing, For laying hold of by the hand. It is sharpenedthe swordand polished, To give it into the hand of a slayer. Ezekiel 21:12 Cry and howl, son of man, For it hath been among My people, It [is] among all the princes of Israel, Cast unto the sword have been My people. Therefore strike on thy thigh, Ezekiel 21:13 Because [it is] a trier, And what if even the sceptre it is despising? It shall not be, an affirmation of the Lord Jehovah. Ezekiel 21:14 And thou, son of man, prophesy, And smite hand on hand, And bent is the sword a third time, The sword of the wounded! It [is] the sword of the woundedthe great one, That is entering the inner chamber to them. Ezekiel 21:15 To melt the heart, and to multiply the ruins, By all their gates I have set the point of a sword. Ah, it is made for brightness, Wrapped up for slaughter. Ezekiel 21:16 Take possession of the right, place thyself at the left, Whither thy face is appointed. Ezekiel 21:17 And I also, I smite My hand on my hand, And have caused My fury to rest; I, Jehovah, have spoken.'
Ezekiel 21:18 And there is a word of Jehovah unto me, saying, Ezekiel 21:19 'And thou, son of man, appoint for thee two ways, for the coming in of the sword of the king of Babylon; from one land they come forth, both of them, and a station prepare thou, at the top of the way of the city prepare [it]. Ezekiel 21:20 A way appoint for the coming of the sword, Unto Rabbath of the sons of Ammon, And to Judah, in Jerusalemthe fenced. Ezekiel 21:21 For stood hath the king of Babylon at the head of the way, At the top of the two ways, to use divination, He hath moved lightly with the arrows, He hath asked at the teraphim, He hath looked on the liver. Ezekiel 21:22 At his right hath been the divinationJerusalem, To place battering-rams, To open the mouth with slaughter, To lift up a voice with shouting, To place battering-rams against the gates, To pour out a mount, to build a fortification. Ezekiel 21:23 And it hath been to them as a false divination in their eyes, Who have sworn oaths to them, And he is causing iniquity to be remembered to be caught. Ezekiel 21:24 Therefore, thus said the Lord Jehovah: Because of your causing your iniquity to be remembered, In your transgressions being revealed, For your sins being seen, in all your doings, Because of your being remembered, By the hand ye are caught.
against the kingdom,
Ezekiel 21:25 And thou, wounded, wicked one, Prince of Israel, whose day hath come, In the time of the iniquity of the end! Ezekiel 21:26 Thus said the Lord Jehovah: Turn aside the mitre, and bear away the crown, Thisnot thisthe low make high, And the high make low. Ezekiel 21:27 An overturn, overturn, overturn, I make it, Also this hath not been till the coming of Him, Whose [is] the judgment, and I have given it.
and against the Ammonites.
Ezekiel 21:28 And thou, son of man, prophesy, and thou hast said: Thus said the Lord Jehovah concerning the sons of Ammon, and concerning their reproach: and thou hast said: A sword, a sword, open for slaughter, Polished to the utmost for brightness! Ezekiel 21:29 In the seeing for thee of a vain thing, In the divining for thee of a lie, To put thee on the necks of the wounded of the wicked, whose day hath come, In the time of the iniquity of the end. Ezekiel 21:30 Turn [it] back unto its scabbard, In the place where thou wast produced, In the land of thy birth I do judge thee. Ezekiel 21:31 And I have poured on thee Mine indignation, With fire of My wrath I blow against thee, And have given thee into the hand of brutish menartificers of destruction. Ezekiel 21:32 To the fire thou art for fuel, Thy blood is in the midst of the land, Thou art not remembered, For I, Jehovah, have spoken!'