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Passage Lookup: Ezekiel 21-22

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Ezekiel 21:1
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Babylon as God's Sword of Judgment

[a]The word of the Lord came to me:(a)
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Ezekiel 21:2
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"Son of man, set your face against(b) Jerusalem and preach against the sanctuary.(c) Prophesy against(d) the land of Israel
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Ezekiel 21:3
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and say to her: ‘This is what the Lord says: I am against you.(e) I will draw my sword(f) from its sheath and cut off from you both the righteous and the wicked.(g)
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Ezekiel 21:4
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Because I am going to cut off the righteous and the wicked, my sword(h) will be unsheathed against everyone from south to north.(i)
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Ezekiel 21:5
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Then all people will know that I the Lord have drawn my sword(j) from its sheath; it will not return(k) again.'(l)
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Ezekiel 21:6
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"Therefore groan, son of man! Groan before them with broken heart and bitter grief.(m)
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Ezekiel 21:7
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And when they ask you, ‘Why are you groaning?(n)' you shall say, ‘Because of the news that is coming. Every heart will melt with fear(o) and every hand go limp;(p) every spirit will become faint(q) and every leg will be wet with urine.'(r) It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign Lord ."
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Ezekiel 21:8
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The word of the Lord came to me:
Ezekiel 21:9
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"Son of man, prophesy and say, ‘This is what the Lord says: "‘A sword, a sword, sharpened and polished—
Ezekiel 21:10
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sharpened for the slaughter,(s) polished to flash like lightning! "‘Shall we rejoice in the scepter of my royal son? The sword despises every such stick.(t)
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Ezekiel 21:11
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"‘The sword is appointed to be polished,(u) to be grasped with the hand; it is sharpened and polished, made ready for the hand of the slayer.
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Ezekiel 21:12
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Cry out and wail, son of man, for it is against my people; it is against all the princes of Israel. They are thrown to the sword along with my people. Therefore beat your breast.(v)
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Ezekiel 21:13
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"‘Testing will surely come. And what if even the scepter, which the sword despises, does not continue? declares the Sovereign Lord .'
Ezekiel 21:14
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"So then, son of man, prophesy and strike your hands(w) together. Let the sword strike twice, even three times. It is a sword for slaughter— a sword for great slaughter, closing in on them from every side.(x)
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Ezekiel 21:15
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So that hearts may melt with fear(y) and the fallen be many, I have stationed the sword for slaughter[b] at all their gates. Look! It is forged to strike like lightning, it is grasped for slaughter.(z)
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Ezekiel 21:16
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Slash to the right, you sword, then to the left, wherever your blade is turned.
Ezekiel 21:17
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I too will strike my hands(aa) together, and my wrath(ab) will subside. I the Lord have spoken.(ac)"
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Ezekiel 21:18
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The word of the Lord came to me:
Ezekiel 21:19
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"Son of man, mark out two roads for the sword(ad) of the king of Babylon to take, both starting from the same country. Make a signpost(ae) where the road branches off to the city.
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Ezekiel 21:20
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Mark out one road for the sword to come against Rabbah of the Ammonites(af) and another against Judah and fortified Jerusalem.
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Ezekiel 21:21
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For the king of Babylon will stop at the fork in the road, at the junction of the two roads, to seek an omen: He will cast lots(ag) with arrows, he will consult his idols,(ah) he will examine the liver.(ai)
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Ezekiel 21:22
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Into his right hand will come the lot for Jerusalem, where he is to set up battering rams, to give the command to slaughter, to sound the battle cry,(aj) to set battering rams against the gates, to build a ramp(ak) and to erect siege works.(al)
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Ezekiel 21:23
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It will seem like a false omen to those who have sworn allegiance to him, but he will remind(am) them of their guilt(an) and take them captive.
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Ezekiel 21:24
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"Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘Because you people have brought to mind your guilt by your open rebellion, revealing your sins in all that you do—because you have done this, you will be taken captive.
Ezekiel 21:25
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"‘You profane and wicked prince of Israel, whose day has come,(ao) whose time of punishment has reached its climax,(ap)
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Ezekiel 21:26
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this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Take off the turban, remove the crown.(aq) It will not be as it was: The lowly will be exalted and the exalted will be brought low.(ar)
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Ezekiel 21:27
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A ruin! A ruin! I will make it a ruin! The crown will not be restored until he to whom it rightfully belongs shall come;(as) to him I will give it.'(at)
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Ezekiel 21:28
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"And you, son of man, prophesy and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says about the Ammonites(au) and their insults: "‘A sword,(av) a sword, drawn for the slaughter, polished to consume and to flash like lightning!
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Ezekiel 21:29
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Despite false visions concerning you and lying divinations(aw) about you, it will be laid on the necks of the wicked who are to be slain, whose day has come, whose time of punishment has reached its climax.(ax)
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Ezekiel 21:30
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"‘Let the sword return to its sheath.(ay) In the place where you were created, in the land of your ancestry,(az) I will judge you.
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Ezekiel 21:31
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I will pour out my wrath on you and breathe(ba) out my fiery anger(bb) against you; I will deliver you into the hands of brutal men, men skilled in destruction.(bc)
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Ezekiel 21:32
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You will be fuel for the fire,(bd) your blood will be shed in your land, you will be remembered(be) no more; for I the Lord have spoken.'"
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Ezekiel 22:1
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Judgment on Jerusalem's Sins

The word of the Lord came to me:
Ezekiel 22:2
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"Son of man, will you judge her? Will you judge this city of bloodshed?(a) Then confront her with all her detestable practices(b)
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Ezekiel 22:3
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and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: You city that brings on herself doom by shedding blood(c) in her midst and defiles herself by making idols,
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Ezekiel 22:4
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you have become guilty because of the blood you have shed(d) and have become defiled by the idols you have made. You have brought your days to a close, and the end of your years has come.(e) Therefore I will make you an object of scorn(f) to the nations and a laughingstock to all the countries.(g)
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Ezekiel 22:5
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Those who are near and those who are far away will mock you, you infamous city, full of turmoil.(h)
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Ezekiel 22:6
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"‘See how each of the princes of Israel who are in you uses his power to shed blood.(i)
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Ezekiel 22:7
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In you they have treated father and mother with contempt;(j) in you they have oppressed the foreigner(k) and mistreated the fatherless and the widow.(l)
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Ezekiel 22:8
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You have despised my holy things and desecrated my Sabbaths.(m)
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Ezekiel 22:9
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In you are slanderers(n) who are bent on shedding blood;(o) in you are those who eat at the mountain shrines(p) and commit lewd acts.(q)
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Ezekiel 22:10
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In you are those who dishonor their father's bed;(r) in you are those who violate women during their period,(s) when they are ceremonially unclean.(t)
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Ezekiel 22:11
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In you one man commits a detestable offense with his neighbor's wife,(u) another shamefully defiles his daughter-in-law,(v) and another violates his sister,(w) his own father's daughter.(x)
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Ezekiel 22:12
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In you are people who accept bribes(y) to shed blood; you take interest(z) and make a profit from the poor. You extort unjust gain from your neighbors.(aa) And you have forgotten(ab) me, declares the Sovereign Lord .(ac)
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Ezekiel 22:13
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"‘I will surely strike my hands(ad) together at the unjust gain(ae) you have made and at the blood(af) you have shed in your midst.(ag)
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Ezekiel 22:14
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Will your courage endure(ah) or your hands(ai) be strong in the day I deal with you? I the Lord have spoken,(aj) and I will do it.(ak)
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Ezekiel 22:15
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I will disperse you among the nations and scatter(al) you through the countries; and I will put an end to(am) your uncleanness.(an)
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Ezekiel 22:16
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When you have been defiled[a] in the eyes of the nations, you will know that I am the Lord .'"
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Ezekiel 22:17
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Then the word of the Lord came to me:
Ezekiel 22:18
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"Son of man, the people of Israel have become dross(ao) to me; all of them are the copper, tin, iron and lead left inside a furnace.(ap) They are but the dross of silver.(aq)
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Ezekiel 22:19
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Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘Because you have all become dross,(ar) I will gather you into Jerusalem.
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Ezekiel 22:20
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As silver, copper, iron, lead and tin are gathered into a furnace to be melted with a fiery blast, so will I gather you in my anger and my wrath and put you inside the city and melt you.(as)
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Ezekiel 22:21
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I will gather you and I will blow(at) on you with my fiery wrath, and you will be melted inside her.(au)
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Ezekiel 22:22
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As silver is melted(av) in a furnace, so you will be melted inside her, and you will know that I the Lord have poured out my wrath(aw) on you.'"(ax)
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Ezekiel 22:23
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Again the word of the Lord came to me:
Ezekiel 22:24
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"Son of man, say to the land, ‘You are a land that has not been cleansed or rained on in the day of wrath.'(ay)
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Ezekiel 22:25
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There is a conspiracy(az) of her princes[b] within her like a roaring lion(ba) tearing its prey; they devour people,(bb) take treasures and precious things and make many widows(bc) within her.
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Ezekiel 22:26
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Her priests do violence to my law(bd) and profane my holy things; they do not distinguish between the holy and the common;(be) they teach that there is no difference between the unclean and the clean;(bf) and they shut their eyes to the keeping of my Sabbaths, so that I am profaned(bg) among them.(bh)
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Ezekiel 22:27
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Her officials(bi) within her are like wolves(bj) tearing their prey; they shed blood and kill people(bk) to make unjust gain.(bl)
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Ezekiel 22:28
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Her prophets whitewash(bm) these deeds for them by false visions and lying divinations.(bn) They say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says'—when the Lord has not spoken.(bo)
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Ezekiel 22:29
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The people of the land practice extortion and commit robbery;(bp) they oppress the poor and needy and mistreat the foreigner,(bq) denying them justice.(br)
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Ezekiel 22:30
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"I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall(bs) and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.(bt)
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Ezekiel 22:31
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So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger,(bu) bringing down(bv) on their own heads all they have done, declares the Sovereign Lord .(bw)"
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