If someone's ax is blunt the edge isn't sharpened then more strength will be needed. Putting wisdom to work will bring success.
1 Samuel 13:20
Everyone in Israel would have to go to the Philistines so each person could sharpen his plow, his mattock, his axe, and his sickle.
Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens a friend's character.
I'll whet my shining sword, with my hands in firm grasp of judgment. I'll show vengeance on my adversary and repay those who keep on hating me.
If the ungodly one doesn't repent, God will sharpen his sword; he will string his bow and prepare it.
"Son of Man, prophesy and say, "This is what the Lord GOD says: "A sword! A sword is being sharpened. It's also being polished. It's being sharpened for slaughter, and being polished to gleam like lightning.' "We shouldn't be rejoicing, should we, while my Son's scepter, the sword, is despising every tree?
Sharpen the arrows, fill the quivers! The LORD has stirred up the spirit of the kings of the Medes he has decided to destroy Babylon. Indeed, it's the LORD's vengeance, vengeance for his Temple.
It's intended to be polished so it can be grasped in the hand. The sword is sharpened. It's polished for placement into the hand of the executioner."
It's being sharpened for slaughter, and being polished to gleam like lightning.' "We shouldn't be rejoicing, should we, while my Son's scepter, the sword, is despising every tree?
who sharpen their tongues like swords, and aim their bitter words like arrows,
They sharpen their tongues like a serpent; the venom of vipers is on their lips. Interlude