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And say to the land of Israel, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth my sword out of his sheath, and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked.
Son of man, say as a prophet, These are the words of the Lord: Say, A sword, a sword which has been made sharp and polished:
A third of you will come to death from disease, wasting away among you through need of food; a third will be put to the sword round about you; and a third I will send away to every wind, letting loose a sword after them.
Or if I send a sword against that land, and say, Sword, go through the land, cutting off from it man and beast:
Egypt said, I will go after them, I will overtake, I will make division of their goods: my desire will have its way with them; my sword will be uncovered, my hand will send destruction on them.
And I will send a sword on you to give effect to the punishment of my agreement; and when you come together into your towns I will send disease among you and you will be given up into the hands of your haters.
If I make sharp my shining sword, and my hand is outstretched for judging, I will give punishment to those who are against me, and their right reward to my haters.
Ho! Assyrian, the rod of my wrath, the instrument of my punishment!
For my sword in heaven is full of wrath: see, it is coming down on Edom, in punishment on the people of my curse.
O sword of the Lord, how long will you have no rest? put yourself back into your cover; be at peace, be quiet.
You are my fighting axe and my instrument of war: with you the nations will be broken; with you kingdoms will be broken;
And you Ethiopians will be put to death by my sword.
Awake! O sword, against the keeper of my flock, and against him who is with me, says the Lord of armies: put to death the keeper of the sheep, and the sheep will go in flight: and my hand will be turned against the little ones.
And to these he said in my hearing, Go through the town after him using your axes: do not let your eyes have mercy, and have no pity:
It is all the same to me; so I say, He puts an end to the sinner and to him who has done no wrong together.
Because to all there is one event, to the upright man and to the evil, to the clean and to the unclean, to him who makes an offering and to him who makes no offering; as is the good so is the sinner; he who takes an oath is as he who has fear of it.
And it will be, when they say to you, Where are we to go? then you are to say to them, The Lord has said, Such as are for death, to death; and such as are for the sword, to the sword; and such as are to be in need of food, to need of food; and such as are to be taken away prisoners, to be taken away.
For if they do these things when the tree is green, what will they do when it is dry?