21 1 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, turn toward 2 Jerusalem 3 and speak out against the sanctuaries. Prophesy against the land of Israel 3 and say to them, 4 ‘This is what the Lord says: Look, 5 I am against you. 6 I will draw my sword 7 from its sheath and cut off from you both the righteous and the wicked. 8 4 Because I will cut off from you both the righteous and the wicked, my sword will go out from its sheath against everyone 9 from the south 10 to the north. 5 Then everyone will know that I am the Lord, who drew my sword from its sheath – it will not be sheathed again!’
6 “And you, son of man, groan with an aching heart 11 and bitterness; groan before their eyes. 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; everyone 12 will faint and every knee will be wet with urine.’ 13 Pay attention – it is coming and it will happen, declares the sovereign Lord.”
8 The word of the Lord came to me: 9 “Son of man, prophesy and say: ‘This is what the Lord says:
“‘A sword, a sword is sharpened,
and also polished.
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
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.
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
13 “‘For testing will come, and what will happen when the scepter, which the sword despises, is no more? 16 declares the sovereign Lord.’
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.
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!
16 Cut sharply on the right!
Swing to 17 the left,
wherever your edge 18 is appointed to strike.
17 I too will clap my hands together,
I will exhaust my rage;
I the Lord have spoken.”
18 The word of the Lord came to me: 19 “You, son of man, mark out two routes for the king of Babylon’s sword to take; both of them will originate in a single land. Make a signpost and put it at the beginning of the road leading to the city. 20 Mark out the routes for the sword to take: “Rabbah of the Ammonites” and “Judah with Jerusalem in it.” 19 21 For the king of Babylon stands at the fork 20 in the road at the head of the two routes. He looks for omens: 21 He shakes arrows, he consults idols, 22 he examines 23 animal livers. 24 22 Into his right hand 25 comes the portent for Jerusalem – to set up battering rams, to give the signal 26 for slaughter, to shout out the battle cry, 27 to set up battering rams against the gates, to erect a siege ramp, to build a siege wall. 23 But those in Jerusalem 28 will view it as a false omen. They have sworn solemn oaths, 29 but the king of Babylon 30 will accuse them of violations 31 in order to seize them. 32
24 “Therefore this is what the sovereign Lord says: ‘Because you have brought up 33 your own guilt by uncovering your transgressions and revealing your sins through all your actions, for this reason you will be taken by force. 34
25 “‘As for you, profane and wicked prince of Israel, 35
whose day has come, the time of final punishment,
26 this is what the sovereign Lord says:
Tear off the turban, 36
take off the crown!
Things must change! 37
Exalt the lowly,
bring down the proud! 38
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
28 “As for you, son of man, prophesy and say, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says concerning the Ammonites and their coming humiliation; 41 say:
“‘A sword, a sword drawn for slaughter,
polished to consume, 42 to flash like lightning –
29 while seeing false visions for you
and reading lying omens for you 43 –
to place that sword 44 on the necks of the profane wicked, 45
whose day has come,
the time of final punishment.
30 Return it to its sheath! 46
In the place where you were created, 47
in your native land, I will judge you.
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.
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 Lord, have spoken.’”
22 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “As for you, son of man, are you willing to pronounce judgment, 1 are you willing to pronounce judgment on the bloody city? 2 Then confront her with all her abominable deeds! 3 Then say, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: O city, who spills blood within herself (which brings on her doom), 3 and who makes herself idols (which results in impurity), 4 you are guilty because of the blood you shed and defiled by the idols you made. You have hastened the day of your doom; 4 the end of your years has come. 5 Therefore I will make 6 you an object of scorn to the nations, an object to be mocked by all lands. 5 Those both near and far from you will mock you, you with your bad reputation, 7 full of turmoil.
6 “‘See how each of the princes of Israel living within you has used his authority to shed blood. 8 7 They have treated father and mother with contempt 9 within you; they have oppressed the foreigner among you; they have wronged the orphan and the widow 10 within you. 8 You have despised my holy things and desecrated my Sabbaths! 9 Slanderous men shed blood within you. 11 Those who live within you eat pagan sacrifices on the mountains; 12 they commit obscene acts among you. 13 10 They have sex with their father’s wife within you; 14 they violate women during their menstrual period within you. 15 11 One 16 commits an abominable act with his neighbor’s wife; another obscenely defiles his daughter-in-law; another violates 17 his sister – his father’s daughter 18 – within you. 12 They take bribes within you to shed blood. You engage in usury and charge interest; 19 you extort money from your neighbors. You have forgotten me, 20 declares the sovereign Lord. 21
13 “‘See, I strike my hands together 22 at the dishonest profit you have made, and at the bloodshed 23 they have done among you. 14 Can your heart endure, 24 or can your hands be strong when I deal with you? 25 I, the Lord, have spoken, and I will do it! 15 I will scatter you among the nations and disperse you among various countries; I will remove your impurity from you. 26 16 You will be profaned within yourself 27 in the sight of the nations; then you will know that I am the Lord.’”
17 The word of the Lord came to me: 18 “Son of man, the house of Israel has become slag to me. All of them are like bronze, tin, iron, and lead in the furnace; 28 they are the worthless slag of silver. 19 Therefore this is what the sovereign Lord says: ‘Because all of you 29 have become slag, look out! – I am about to gather you in the middle of Jerusalem. 30 20 As silver, bronze, iron, lead, and tin are gathered in a furnace so that the fire can melt them, so I will gather you in my anger and in my rage. I will deposit you there 31 and melt you. 21 I will gather you and blow on you with the fire of my fury, and you will be melted in it. 22 As silver is melted in a furnace, so you will be melted in it, and you will know that I, the Lord, have poured out my anger on you.’”
23 The word of the Lord came to me: 24 “Son of man, say to her: ‘You are a land that receives no rain 32 or showers in the day of my anger.’ 33 25 Her princes 34 within her are like a roaring lion tearing its prey; they have devoured lives. They take away riches and valuable things; they have made many women widows 35 within it. 26 Her priests abuse my law and have desecrated my holy things. They do not distinguish between the holy and the profane, 36 or recognize any distinction between the unclean and the clean. They ignore 37 my Sabbaths and I am profaned in their midst. 27 Her officials are like wolves in her midst rending their prey – shedding blood and destroying lives – so they can get dishonest profit. 28 Her prophets coat their messages with whitewash. 38 They see false visions and announce lying omens for them, saying, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says,’ when the Lord has not spoken. 29 The people of the land have practiced extortion and committed robbery. They have wronged the poor and needy; they have oppressed the foreigner who lives among them and denied them justice. 39
30 “I looked for a man from among them who would repair the wall and stand in the gap before me on behalf of the land, so that I would not destroy it, but I found no one. 40 31 So I have poured my anger on them, and destroyed them with the fire of my fury. I hereby repay them for what they have done, 41 declares the sovereign Lord.”