1 The word of Yahweh was addressed to me as follows,
2 'Son of man, turn to the right; utter your word towards the south, prophesy against the forest land of the Negeb.
Ezek 20:46 Ezek 4:7 Ezek 25:2 Ezek 28:21 Acts 6:13-14 Amos 7:16 Deut 32:2
3 Say to the forest of Negeb, "Hear the word of Yahweh! The Lord Yahweh says this: Listen; I am about to kindle a fire in you which will burn up every green tree in you as well as every dry one; it will be an unquenchable blaze and every face will be scorched by it from the Negeb to the north.
Jer 21:13 Job 9:22 Ezek 5:8 Ezek 21:19 Nah 2:13 Nah 3:5 Deut 32:41-42
4 All humanity will see that it was I, Yahweh, who kindled it, and it will not be extinguished." '
Ezek 20:47 Ezek 7:2 Ezek 6:11-14
5 I said, 'Lord Yahweh, they say of me, "He does nothing but speak in riddles!"'
Ezek 21:30 Nah 1:9 1Sam 3:12 Ezek 20:48 Jer 23:20 1Kgs 9:7-9 Deut 29:24-28
6 Then the word of Yahweh was addressed to me as follows,
Ezek 6:11 Isa 22:4 Dan 5:6 Dan 8:27 Ezek 4:12 Ezek 9:4 Ezek 12:3-5
7 'Son of man, turn towards Jerusalem, utter your word towards the sanctuary and prophesy against the land of Israel.
Ezek 7:17 Ezek 7:26 Isa 13:7 Jer 50:43 Nah 2:10 1Pet 4:7 2Kgs 21:12
8 Say to the land of Israel, "Yahweh says this: Now I am against you; I am about to unsheathe my sword and rid you of the upright and the wicked alike.
9 Since I am going to rid you of upright and wicked alike, I shall unsheathe my sword against everyone alive, from the Negeb to the north,
Ezek 21:3 Amos 9:4 Deut 32:41-42 Ezek 21:15 Ezek 21:28 Isa 27:1 Isa 34:5-6
10 so that everyone alive will know that I, Yahweh, am the one who has unsheathed my sword; it will not go back again."
Ps 110:5-6 Ezek 20:47 2Sam 7:14 Amos 6:3-7 Eccl 3:4 Esth 3:15 Ezek 19:11-14
11 'Son of man, groan as though your heart were breaking. Utter your bitter groans where they can see you.
Ezek 21:19 Jer 25:9 Jer 25:33 Jer 51:20-23
12 And if they say, "Why these groans?" reply, "Because of the news which is about to come, all hearts will sink, all hands grow weak, all spirits grow faint and all knees turn to water. It is coming now, it is here!-declares Lord Yahweh." '
Ezek 21:6 Joel 1:13 Ezek 6:11 Ezek 9:8 Ezek 21:14 Ezek 30:2 Jer 25:34
13 The word of Yahweh was addressed to me as follows,
Ezek 21:10 2Cor 8:2 Ezek 21:25 Job 9:23
14 'Son of man, prophesy. Say, "The Lord says this. Say: The sword, the sword has been sharpened and polished,
2Kgs 24:1 Num 24:10 2Kgs 24:10-16 Ezek 6:11 Lev 26:21 Lev 26:24 1Kgs 20:30
15 sharpened for slaughter, polished to flash like lightning . . .
Ezek 21:7 Ezek 21:10 Jer 17:27 2Sam 17:10 Ezek 15:7 Ezek 20:47 Ezek 21:22
16 He has had it polished to be wielded, this sword sharpened and polished to put in the slaughterer's hand!
Ezek 14:17 Ezek 16:46 Ezek 21:4 Ezek 21:20 Gen 13:9
17 Shout and wail, son of man, for it will come on my people, on all the chief men of Israel doomed like my people to the sword! So beat your breast,
Ezek 5:13 Ezek 21:14 Ezek 22:13 Deut 28:63 Ezek 16:42 Isa 1:24 Num 24:10
18 for this will be an ordeal . . . declares the Lord Yahweh.
19 So prophesy, son of man, and clap your hands! Let the sword pass three times, that sword for victims, that sword for a great victim, threatening them from every side!
Ezek 4:1-3 Jer 1:10 Ezek 5:1-17
20 To make hearts sink and make sure many fall, I have posted the slaughtering sword at every gate to flash like lightning, polished for slaughter.
Amos 1:14 Jer 49:2 Deut 3:11 Ezek 25:5 Ps 48:12-13 Ps 125:1-2 2Chr 26:9
21 Be sharp, on the right, be ready on the left, whichever way your blade is needed!
Gen 31:19 Prov 16:33 Gen 31:30 Judg 17:5 Judg 18:20 1Sam 15:23 2Kgs 23:24
22 I too shall clap my hands and sate my fury! I, Yahweh, have spoken." '
Ezek 4:2 Ezek 26:9 1Sam 17:20 Exod 32:17-18 Jer 32:24 Jer 33:4 Jer 51:14
23 The word of Yahweh was addressed to me as follows,
Num 5:15 Ezek 21:24 Ezek 29:16 1Kgs 17:18 2Chr 36:13 2Kgs 24:20-7 Ezek 11:3
24 'Son of man, mark out two roads for the sword of the king of Babylon to come along, making both of them begin from the same country. Then put up a signpost, put it where the road leaves for the city,
Amos 9:1-3 Ezek 16:16-22 Ezek 22:3-12 Ezek 22:24-31 Ezek 23:5-21 Ezek 24:7 Hos 4:2
25 trace the route which the sword should take for Rabbah-of-the-Ammonites, and for Judah, to the fortress of Jerusalem.
Ezek 35:5 2Chr 36:13 Ezek 17:19 Ezek 21:29 Jer 52:2 Ezek 7:6 Ezek 30:3
26 For the king of Babylon has halted at the fork where these two roads diverge, to take the omens. He has shaken the arrows, questioned the household gods, inspected the liver.
Ezek 17:24 Jer 13:18 Ps 75:7 Ezek 16:12 Jer 52:31-34 Luke 1:52 1Sam 2:7-8
27 The lot marked 'Jerusalem' is in his right hand: there to set up battering-rams, give the word for slaughter, raise the war cry, level battering-rams against the gates, cast up earthworks, build entrenchments.
Jer 23:5-6 Ps 2:6 Gen 49:10 Hag 2:21-22 Hos 3:5 Luke 1:32 Mic 5:2
28 The inhabitants will believe that these omens are idle, for they have received sworn guarantees, but he will bring their guilt to mind and capture them.
Ezek 21:9-10 Ezek 21:20 Zeph 2:8-10 Amos 1:13-15 Ezek 25:2-7 Jer 12:12 Jer 49:1-5
29 And so the Lord Yahweh says this, "Since you have brought your guilt to mind by parading your misdeeds and flaunting your sins in everything you do: because you have drawn attention to yourselves, you will be captured.
Ezek 21:25 Ezek 22:28 Jer 27:9 Ezek 12:24 Ezek 13:6 Ezek 13:10 Ezek 13:23
30 As for you, impious and wicked prince of Israel, whose doom is approaching to put an end to your crimes,
Ezek 16:38 Jer 47:6-7 Ezek 16:3-4 Ezek 21:4-5 Ezek 28:13 Ezek 28:15 Gen 15:14
31 the Lord Yahweh says this: They will take away your diadem and remove your crown. Everything will be changed; the low will be raised and the high brought low!
Ezek 7:8 Ezek 14:19 Hag 1:9 Isa 30:33 Jer 4:7 Jer 6:22-23 Nah 1:6
32 Ruin, ruin, I shall bring such ruin as never was before, until the rightful ruler comes, on whom I shall bestow it."
Ezek 25:10 Mal 4:1 Ezek 20:47-48 Ezek 21:30 Isa 34:3-7 Matt 3:10 Matt 3:12
33 'Son of man, prophesy and say, "The Lord Yahweh says this: In reply to the Ammonites and their jeers, say: The sword, the sword is drawn for slaughter, polished to devour, to flash like lightning-
34 while you have empty visions and consult lying omens-to cut the throats of the wicked, whose doom is approaching to put an end to their crimes.
35 Put it back in the scabbard. The place where you were created, the land of your origin, will be where I judge you.
36 I shall vent my fury on you, breathe the fire of my rage against you and hand you over to barbarous men whose trade is destruction.
37 You will be fuel for the fire, your blood will flow through the country, you will leave no memory behind you; for I, Yahweh, have spoken!" '