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Exodus 17:13

And Joshua mowed down and disabled Amalek and his people with the sword.

Joshua 11:10-12

And Joshua at that time turned back and took Hazor and smote its king with the sword; for Hazor previously was the head of all those kingdoms. They smote all the people in it with the sword, utterly destroying them; none were left alive, and he burned Hazor with fire. And Joshua took all the cities of those kings and all the kings and smote them with the sword, utterly destroying them, as Moses the servant of the Lord commanded.

Joshua 19:47

The territory of the tribe of Dan had to be extended [because of the crowding in of the Amorites and Philistines]; so the sons of Dan went up to fight against Leshem (Laish) and took it and smote it with the sword and possessed it and dwelt there, and they called Leshem (Laish) Dan after Dan their [forefather].

Judges 20:17

And the men of Israel, other than Benjamin, mustered 400,000 men who drew the sword; all these were men of war.

2 Samuel 24:9

And Joab gave the sum of the numbering of the people to the king. There were in Israel 800,000 valiant men who drew the sword, and the men of Judah were 500,000.

2 Samuel 23:10

[Eleazar] arose and struck down the Philistines until his hand was weary and clung to the sword. The Lord wrought a great deliverance and victory that day; the men returned after him only to take the spoil.

1 Samuel 21:8-9

David said to Ahimelech, Do you have at hand a sword or spear? The king's business required haste, and I brought neither my sword nor my weapons with me. The priest said, The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you slew in the Valley of Elah, see, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod; if you will take that, do so, for there is no other here. And David said, There is none like that; give it to me.

2 Samuel 23:12

But he stood in the midst of the ground and defended it and slew the Philistines; and the Lord wrought a great victory.

2 Samuel 1:14-16

David said to him, Why were you not afraid to stretch forth your hand to destroy the Lord's anointed? David called one of the young men and said, Go near and fall upon him. And he smote him so that he died. David said to [the fallen man], Your blood be upon your own head; for you have testified against yourself, saying, I have slain the Lord's anointed.

1 Samuel 15:33

Samuel said, As your sword has made women childless, so shall your mother be childless among women. And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the Lord in Gilgal.

1 Samuel 17:51

So he ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath, and killed him, and cut off his head with it. When the Philistines saw that their mighty champion was dead, they fled.

1 Samuel 22:18-19

The king said to Doeg, You turn and fall upon the priests. And Doeg the Edomite turned and attacked the priests and slew that day eighty-five persons who wore the priest's linen ephod. And Nob, the city of the priests, he smote with the sword; both men and women, children and sucklings, oxen and donkeys and sheep, he put to the sword.

1 Kings 19:1

Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done and how he had slain all the prophets [of Baal] with the sword.

2 Kings 19:37

And as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons killed him with the sword, and they escaped to the land of Armenia or Ararat. Esarhaddon his son reigned in his stead.

Joshua 6:21

Then they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, ox, sheep, and donkey, with the edge of the sword.

1 Kings 2:34

So Benaiah son of Jehoiada went up and struck and killed Joab, and he was buried at his own house in the wilderness.

1 Samuel 31:4-6

Saul said to his armor-bearer, Draw your sword and thrust me through, lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through and abuse and mock me. But his armor-bearer would not, for he was terrified. So Saul took a sword and fell upon it. When his armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he likewise fell upon his sword and died with him. So Saul, his three sons, his armor-bearer, and all his men died that day together.

1 Chronicles 10:4

Then Saul said to his armor-bearer, Draw your sword and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised come and abuse and make sport of me. But his armor-bearer would not, for he was terrified. So Saul took his own sword and fell on it.

Acts 16:27

When the jailer, startled out of his sleep, saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and was on the point of killing himself, because he supposed that the prisoners had escaped.

Genesis 3:24

So [God] drove out the man; and He placed at the east of the Garden of Eden the cherubim and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep and guard the way to the tree of life.

Numbers 22:21-23

And Balaam rose up in the morning and saddled his donkey and went with the princes of Moab. And God's anger was kindled because he went, and the Angel of the Lord stood in the way as an adversary against him. Now he was riding upon his donkey, and his two servants were with him. And the donkey saw the Angel of the Lord standing in the way and His sword drawn in His hand, and the donkey turned aside out of the way and went into the field. And Balaam struck the donkey to turn her into the way.

Deuteronomy 33:29

Happy are you, O Israel, and blessing is yours! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord, the Shield of your help, the Sword that exalts you! Your enemies shall come fawning and cringing, and submit feigned obedience to you, and you shall march on their high places.

Leviticus 26:6-8

I will give peace in the land; you shall lie down and none shall fill you with dread or make you afraid; and I will clear ferocious (wild) beasts out of the land, and no sword shall go through your land. And you shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight; your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.

Ezekiel 32:11-12

For thus says the Lord God: The sword of the king of Babylon shall come upon you. I will cause your multitude, your tumult, and your store [of wealth, strength, and glory] to fall by the swords of the mighty -- "the most terrible among the nations are they all. And they shall bring to nothing the pomp and pride of Egypt, and all its multitude [with its activity and its wealth in every sphere] shall be destroyed.

Psalm 45:3

Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O mighty One, in Your glory and Your majesty!

Micah 5:6

And they shall rule and waste the land of Assyria with the sword and the land of Nimrod within her [Assyria's own] gates. Thus shall He [the Messiah] deliver us from the Assyrian [representing the opposing powers] when he comes into our land and when he treads on our borders.

Exodus 5:3

And they said, The God of the Hebrews has met with us; let us go, we pray you, three days' journey into the desert and sacrifice to the Lord our God, lest He fall upon us with pestilence or with the sword.

2 Chronicles 20:9

If evil comes upon us, the sword of judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before You -- "for Your Name [and the symbol of Your presence] is in this house -- "and cry to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save.

Psalm 7:12

If a man does not turn and repent, [God] will whet His sword; He has strung and bent His [huge] bow and made it ready [by treading it with His foot].

Isaiah 31:8

Then the Assyrian shall fall by a sword not of man; and a sword, not of men [but of God], shall devour him. And he shall flee from the sword, and his young men shall be subjected to forced labor.

Jeremiah 50:35-37

A sword upon the Chaldeans, says the Lord -- "upon the inhabitants of Babylon and upon her princes (rulers in civic matters) and upon her wise men (the astrologers and rulers in religious affairs)! A sword upon the babbling liars (the diviners), that they may become fools! A sword upon her mighty warriors, that they may be dismayed and destroyed! A sword upon their horses and upon their chariots and upon all the mixed foreign troops that are in the midst of her, that they may become [as weak and defenseless as] women! A sword upon her treasures, that they may be plundered!

Ezekiel 11:8-10

You have feared the sword, and I will bring a sword upon you, says the Lord God. And I will bring you forth out of the midst of it and deliver you into the hands of foreigners and execute judgments among you. You shall fall by the sword; I will judge and punish you [before your neighbors] at the border or outside the land of Israel, and you shall know (understand and realize) that I am the Lord.

Ezekiel 21:3

And say to the land of Israel, Thus says the Lord: Behold, I am against you and will draw forth My sword out of its sheath and will cut off from you both the righteous and the wicked.

Ezekiel 33:2

Son of man, speak to your people [the Israelite captives in Babylon] and say to them, When I bring the sword upon a land and the people of the land take a man from among them and make him their watchman,

Revelation 2:12

Then to the angel (messenger) of the assembly (church) in Pergamum write: These are the words of Him Who has and wields the sharp two-edged sword:

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Judgments » Different kinds of » Swords

Exodus 22:24

And My wrath shall burn; I will kill you with the sword, and your wives shall be widows and your children fatherless.

Jeremiah 19:7

And I will pour out and make void the counsel and the plans of [the men of] Judah and Jerusalem in this place, and I will cause their people to fall by the sword before their enemies and by the hands of those who seek their lives, and their dead bodies I will give to be food for the birds of the air and for the beasts of the earth.

Swords » Figurative » Of judgments

Zechariah 13:7

Awake, O sword, against My shepherd and against the man who is My associate, says the Lord of hosts; smite the shepherd and the sheep [of the flock] shall be scattered, and I will turn back My hand and stretch it out again upon the little ones [of the flock].

Deuteronomy 32:41

If I whet My lightning sword and My hand takes hold on judgment, I will wreak vengeance on My foes and recompense those who hate Me.

Psalm 17:13

Arise, O Lord! Confront and forestall them, cast them down! Deliver my life from the wicked by Your sword,

Hosea 11:6

And the sword shall rage against and fall upon their cities and shall consume the bars of their gates and shall make an end [of their defenses], because of their own counsels and devices.

Swords » Symbolical

Genesis 3:24

So [God] drove out the man; and He placed at the east of the Garden of Eden the cherubim and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep and guard the way to the tree of life.

Joshua 5:13

When Joshua was by Jericho, he looked up, and behold, a Man stood near him with His drawn sword in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, Are you for us or for our adversaries?

Swords » Two-edged

Revelation 2:12

Then to the angel (messenger) of the assembly (church) in Pergamum write: These are the words of Him Who has and wields the sharp two-edged sword:

Hebrews 4:12

For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.

Swords » used by » Peter

John 18:10

Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's servant and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus.

Matthew 26:51

And behold, one of those who were with Jesus reached out his hand and drew his sword and, striking the body servant of the high priest, cut off his ear.

Swords » Figurative » Of the malicious tongue

Psalm 57:4

My life is among lions; I must lie among those who are aflame -- "the sons of men whose teeth are spears and arrows, their tongues sharp swords.

Proverbs 25:18

A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a heavy sledgehammer and a sword and a sharp arrow.

Swords » To be beaten into plowshares

Isaiah 2:4

And He shall judge between the nations and shall decide [disputes] for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Micah 4:3

And He shall judge between many peoples and shall decide for strong nations afar off, and they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Swords » Figurative » Of war

Genesis 27:40

By your sword you shall live and serve your brother. But [the time shall come] when you will grow restive and break loose, and you shall tear his yoke from off your neck.

Swords » used by » Goliath

1 Samuel 21:9

The priest said, The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you slew in the Valley of Elah, see, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod; if you will take that, do so, for there is no other here. And David said, There is none like that; give it to me.

Swords » David's army equipped with

1 Chronicles 21:5

Joab gave the total number of the people to David. And all of Israel were 1,100,000 who drew the sword, and of Judah 470,000 who drew the sword.

Swords » Made of plowshares

Joel 3:10

Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak say, I am strong [a warrior]!

Swords » used by » gideon

Judges 7:20

And the three companies blew the trumpets and shattered the pitchers, holding the torches in their left hands, and in their right hands the trumpets to blow [leaving no chance to use swords], and they cried, The sword for the Lord and Gideon!

Swords » Suspended from the girdle

Nehemiah 4:18

And every builder had his sword girded by his side, and so worked. And he who sounded the trumpet was at my side.

1 Samuel 17:39

And David girded his sword over his armor. Then he tried to go, but could not, for he was not used to it. And David said to Saul, I cannot go with these, for I am not used to them. And David took them off.

Psalm 45:3

Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O mighty One, in Your glory and Your majesty!

2 Samuel 20:8

When they were at the great stone in Gibeon, Amasa came to meet them. Joab was wearing a soldier's garment, and over it was a sheathed sword fastened around his hips; and as he went forward, it fell out.

Swords » Carried in a sheath or scabbard

1 Chronicles 21:27

Then the Lord commanded the [avenging] angel, and he put his sword back into its sheath.

Jeremiah 47:6

O you sword of the Lord, how long will it be before you are quiet? Put yourself into your scabbard; rest and be still.

Ezekiel 21:3-5

And say to the land of Israel, Thus says the Lord: Behold, I am against you and will draw forth My sword out of its sheath and will cut off from you both the righteous and the wicked. Because I will cut off from you both the righteous and the wicked, therefore shall My sword go out of its sheath against all flesh from the south to the north, And all living shall know, understand, and realize that I the Lord have drawn My sword out of its sheath; it shall not be sheathed any more.

Swords » Illustrative » Of severe and heavy calamities

Ezekiel 14:17

Or if I bring a sword upon that land and say, Sword, go through the land, so that I cut off man and beast from it,

Ezekiel 5:2

You shall burn one part with fire in the midst of the city, when the days of the siege are fulfilled; and you shall take a second part and strike with the sword round about it; and a third part you shall scatter to the wind, and I will draw out a sword after them.

Ezekiel 21:9

Son of man, prophesy and say, Thus says the Lord: Say, A sword, a sword is sharpened and also polished;

Swords » Illustrative » Of the tongue of the wicked

Psalm 57:4

My life is among lions; I must lie among those who are aflame -- "the sons of men whose teeth are spears and arrows, their tongues sharp swords.

Psalm 64:3

Who whet their tongues like a sword, who aim venomous words like arrows,

Swords » Illustrative » Of the justice of God

Zechariah 13:7

Awake, O sword, against My shepherd and against the man who is My associate, says the Lord of hosts; smite the shepherd and the sheep [of the flock] shall be scattered, and I will turn back My hand and stretch it out again upon the little ones [of the flock].

Deuteronomy 32:41

If I whet My lightning sword and My hand takes hold on judgment, I will wreak vengeance on My foes and recompense those who hate Me.

Swords » Often threatened as a punishment

Leviticus 26:33

I will scatter you among the nations and draw out [your enemies'] sword after you; and your land shall be desolate and your cities a waste.

Leviticus 26:25

And I will bring a sword upon you that shall execute the vengeance [for the breaking] of My covenant; and you shall be gathered together within your cities, and I will send the pestilence among you, and you shall be delivered into the hands of the enemy.

Swords » Illustrative » (drawing of,) of war and destruction

Leviticus 26:33

I will scatter you among the nations and draw out [your enemies'] sword after you; and your land shall be desolate and your cities a waste.

Ezekiel 21:3-5

And say to the land of Israel, Thus says the Lord: Behold, I am against you and will draw forth My sword out of its sheath and will cut off from you both the righteous and the wicked. Because I will cut off from you both the righteous and the wicked, therefore shall My sword go out of its sheath against all flesh from the south to the north, And all living shall know, understand, and realize that I the Lord have drawn My sword out of its sheath; it shall not be sheathed any more.

Swords » Illustrative » Of the word of Christ

Isaiah 49:2

And He has made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of His hand has He hid me and made me a polished arrow; in His quiver has He kept me close and concealed me.

Swords » Illustrative » Of the word of God

Hebrews 4:12

For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.

Swords » Described as » Glittering

Deuteronomy 32:41

If I whet My lightning sword and My hand takes hold on judgment, I will wreak vengeance on My foes and recompense those who hate Me.

Job 20:25

[The arrow] is drawn forth and it comes out after passing through his body; yes, the glittering point comes out of his gall. Terrors march in upon him;

Swords » Was used » By the patriarchs

Genesis 48:22

Moreover, I have given to you [Joseph] one portion [Shechem, one mountain slope] more than any of your brethren, which I took [reclaiming it] out of the hand of the Amorites with my sword and with my bow.

Genesis 34:25

But on the third day [after the circumcision] when [all the men] were sore, two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's [full] brothers, took their swords, boldly entered the city [without danger], and slew all the males.

Swords » Was used » By heathen nations

Judges 7:22

When [Gideon's men] blew the 300 trumpets, the Lord set every [Midianite's] sword against his comrade and against all the army, and the army fled as far as Beth-shittah toward Zererah, as far as the border of Abel-meholah by Tabbath.

1 Samuel 15:33

Samuel said, As your sword has made women childless, so shall your mother be childless among women. And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the Lord in Gilgal.

Swords » Was used » For destruction of enemies

Numbers 21:24

And Israel smote the king of the Amorites with the edge of the sword and possessed his land from the river Arnon to the river Jabbok, as far as the Ammonites, for the boundary of the Ammonites was strong.

Joshua 6:21

Then they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, ox, sheep, and donkey, with the edge of the sword.

Swords » Was used » By the jews

2 Samuel 24:9

And Joab gave the sum of the numbering of the people to the king. There were in Israel 800,000 valiant men who drew the sword, and the men of Judah were 500,000.

Judges 20:2

And the chiefs of all the people, of all the tribes of Israel, presented themselves in the assembly of the people of God, 400,000 men on foot who drew the sword.

Swords » Was used » For punishing criminals

1 Samuel 15:33

Samuel said, As your sword has made women childless, so shall your mother be childless among women. And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the Lord in Gilgal.

Swords » Sharpened and furbished before going to war

Psalm 7:12

If a man does not turn and repent, [God] will whet His sword; He has strung and bent His [huge] bow and made it ready [by treading it with His foot].

Ezekiel 21:9

Son of man, prophesy and say, Thus says the Lord: Say, A sword, a sword is sharpened and also polished;

Swords » In time of peace made into plowshares

Isaiah 2:4

And He shall judge between the nations and shall decide [disputes] for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Micah 4:3

And He shall judge between many peoples and shall decide for strong nations afar off, and they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Swords » Often sent as a punishment

Ezra 9:7

Since the days of our fathers we have been exceedingly guilty; and for our willfulness we, our kings, and our priests have been delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, captivity, plundering, and utter shame, as it is today.

Psalm 78:62

He gave His people over also to the sword and was wroth with His heritage [Israel].

Swords » Illustrative » Of the protection of God

Deuteronomy 33:29

Happy are you, O Israel, and blessing is yours! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord, the Shield of your help, the Sword that exalts you! Your enemies shall come fawning and cringing, and submit feigned obedience to you, and you shall march on their high places.

Swords » Was used » Sometimes for self-destruction

1 Samuel 31:4-5

Saul said to his armor-bearer, Draw your sword and thrust me through, lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through and abuse and mock me. But his armor-bearer would not, for he was terrified. So Saul took a sword and fell upon it. When his armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he likewise fell upon his sword and died with him.

Swords » Illustrative » (not departing from one's house,) of perpetual calamity

2 Samuel 12:10

Now, therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because [you have not only despised My command, but] you have despised Me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.

Swords » Illustrative » Of false witnesses

Proverbs 25:18

A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a heavy sledgehammer and a sword and a sharp arrow.

Swords » Described as » Oppressive

Jeremiah 46:16

[The Lord] made many to stumble and fall; yes, they fell one upon another. And they said, Arise, and let us go back to our own people and to the land of our birth, away from the sword of the oppressor.

Swords » Hebrews early acquainted with making of

1 Samuel 13:19

Now there was no metal worker to be found throughout all the land of Israel, for the Philistines said, Lest the Hebrews make swords or spears.

Swords » Illustrative » (putting, into its sheath,) of peace and friendship

Jeremiah 47:6

O you sword of the Lord, how long will it be before you are quiet? Put yourself into your scabbard; rest and be still.

Swords » Illustrative » (living by,) of rapine

Genesis 27:40

By your sword you shall live and serve your brother. But [the time shall come] when you will grow restive and break loose, and you shall tear his yoke from off your neck.

Swords » Illustrative » Of war and contention

Swords » Those slain by, communicated ceremonial uncleanness

Numbers 19:16

And whoever in the open field touches one who is slain with a sword, or a dead body, or a bone of a dead man, or a grave, shall be unclean for seven days.

Swords » Was one of God's four sore judgments

Ezekiel 14:21

For thus says the Lord God: How much more when I send My four sore acts of judgment upon Jerusalem -- "the sword, the famine, the evil wild beasts, and the pestilence -- "to cut off from it man and beast!

Swords » Was brandished over the head

Ezekiel 32:10

I will make many peoples amazed and appalled at you [Egypt], and their kings shall shudder and be horribly afraid because of you when I brandish My sword before them; they shall tremble every moment, every man for his own life, in the day of your downfall.

Swords » Was thrust through enemies

Ezekiel 16:40

They shall also bring up a company against you, and they shall stone you with stones and hew down and thrust you through with their swords.

Swords » Was pointed

Ezekiel 21:15

I have set the threatening and glittering sword against all their gates, that their hearts may melt and their stumblings be multiplied. Ah! It is made [to flash] like lightning; it is pointed and sharpened for slaughter.

Swords » Illustrative » Of the end of the wicked

Proverbs 5:4

But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged and devouring sword.

Swords » Described as » Hurtful

Psalm 144:10

You are He Who gives salvation to kings, Who rescues David His servant from the hurtful sword [of evil].

Swords » Probable origin

Genesis 3:24

So [God] drove out the man; and He placed at the east of the Garden of Eden the cherubim and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep and guard the way to the tree of life.

Swords » Illustrative » Of persecuting spirit of the wicked

Psalm 37:14

The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows to cast down the poor and needy, to slay those who walk uprightly (blameless in conduct and in conversation).

Swords » Illustrative » Of judicial authority

Romans 13:4

For he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, [you should dread him and] be afraid, for he does not bear and wear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant to execute His wrath (punishment, vengeance) on the wrongdoer.

Swords » Illustrative » Of the wicked

Psalm 17:13

Arise, O Lord! Confront and forestall them, cast them down! Deliver my life from the wicked by Your sword,

Swords » Frequently had two edges

Psalm 149:6

Let the high praises of God be in their throats and a two-edged sword in their hands,

Swords » Described as » Sharp

Psalm 57:4

My life is among lions; I must lie among those who are aflame -- "the sons of men whose teeth are spears and arrows, their tongues sharp swords.

Swords » Was used » For self-defence

Luke 22:36

Then He said to them, But now let him who has a purse take it, and also [his provision] bag; and let him who has no sword sell his mantle and buy a sword.

Swords » Illustrative » Of deep mental affliction

Luke 2:35

And a sword will pierce through your own soul also -- "that the secret thoughts and purposes of many hearts may be brought out and disclosed.

Swords » Described as » Bright

Nahum 3:3

Horsemen mounting and charging, the flashing sword, the gleaming spear, a multitude of slain and a great number of corpses, no end of corpses! [The horsemen] stumble over the corpses!

Swords » In time of war, plowshares made into

Joel 3:10

Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak say, I am strong [a warrior]!