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Exodus 17:13

So Joshua defeated Amalek and his army with the sword.

Joshua 11:10-12

At that time Joshua turned back, captured Hazor, and struck down its king with the sword, because Hazor had formerly been the leader of all these kingdoms. They struck down everyone in it with the sword, completely destroying them; he left no one alive. Then he burned down Hazor. Joshua captured all these kings and their cities and struck them down with the sword. He completely destroyed them, as Moses the Lord’s servant had commanded.

Joshua 19:47

When the territory of the Danites slipped out of their control, they went up and fought against Leshem, captured it, and struck it down with the sword. So they took possession of it, lived there, and renamed Leshem after their ancestor Dan.

Judges 20:17

The Israelites, apart from Benjamin, rallied 400,000 armed men, every one an experienced warrior.

2 Samuel 24:9

Joab gave the king the total of the registration of the troops. There were 800,000 fighting men from Israel and 500,000 men from Judah.

2 Samuel 23:10

but Eleazar stood his ground and attacked the Philistines until his hand was tired and stuck to his sword. The Lord brought about a great victory that day. Then the troops came back to him, but only to plunder the dead.

1 Samuel 21:8-9

David said to Ahimelech, “Do you have a spear or sword on hand? I didn’t even bring my sword or my weapons since the king’s mission was urgent.” The priest replied, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, is here, wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you want to take it for yourself, then take it, for there isn’t another one here.”“There’s none like it!” David said. “Give it to me.”

2 Samuel 23:12

but Shammah took his stand in the middle of the field, defended it, and struck down the Philistines. So the Lord brought about a great victory.

2 Samuel 1:14-16

David questioned him, “How is it that you were not afraid to lift your hand to destroy the Lord’s anointed?” Then David summoned one of his servants and said, “Come here and kill him!” The servant struck him, and he died. For David had said to the Amalekite, “Your blood is on your own head because your own mouth testified against you by saying, ‘I killed the Lord’s anointed.’”

1 Samuel 15:33

Samuel declared:As your sword has made women childless,
so your mother will be childless among women.Then he hacked Agag to pieces before the Lord at Gilgal.

1 Samuel 17:51

David ran and stood over him. He grabbed the Philistine’s sword, pulled it from its sheath, and used it to kill him. Then he cut off his head. When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they ran.

1 Samuel 22:18-19

So the king said to Doeg, “Go and execute the priests!” So Doeg the Edomite went and executed the priests himself. On that day, he killed 85 men who wore linen ephods. He also struck down Nob, the city of the priests, with the sword—both men and women, children and infants, oxen, donkeys, and sheep.

1 Kings 19:1

Ahab told Jezebel everything that Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword.

2 Kings 19:37

One day, while he was worshiping in the temple of his god Nisroch, his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer struck him down with the sword and escaped to the land of Ararat. Then his son Esar-haddon became king in his place.

Joshua 6:21

They completely destroyed everything in the city with the sword—every man and woman, both young and old, and every ox, sheep, and donkey.

1 Kings 2:34

Benaiah son of Jehoiada went up, struck down Joab, and put him to death. He was buried at his house in the wilderness.

1 Samuel 31:4-6

Then Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and run me through with it, or these uncircumcised men will come and run me through and torture me.” But his armor-bearer would not do it because he was terrified. Then Saul took his sword and fell on it. When his armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he also fell on his own sword and died with him. So on that day, Saul died together with his three sons, his armor-bearer, and all his men.

1 Chronicles 10:4

Then Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and run me through with it, or these uncircumcised men will come and torture me!” But his armor-bearer wouldn’t do it because he was terrified. Then Saul took his sword and fell on it.

Acts 16:27

When the jailer woke up and saw the doors of the prison open, he drew his sword and was going to kill himself, since he thought the prisoners had escaped.

Numbers 22:21-23

When he got up in the morning, Balaam saddled his donkey and went with the officials of Moab. But God was incensed that Balaam was going, and the Angel of the Lord took His stand on the path to oppose him. Balaam was riding his donkey, and his two servants were with him. When the donkey saw the Angel of the Lord standing on the path with a drawn sword in His hand, she turned off the path and went into the field. So Balaam hit her to return her to the path.

Deuteronomy 33:29

How happy you are, Israel!
Who is like you,
a people saved by the Lord?
He is the shield that protects you,
the sword you boast in.
Your enemies will cringe before you,
and you will tread on their backs.

Leviticus 26:6-8

I will give peace to the land, and you will lie down with nothing to frighten you. I will remove dangerous animals from the land, and no sword will pass through your land. You will pursue your enemies, and they will fall before you by the sword. Five of you will pursue 100, and 100 of you will pursue 10,000; your enemies will fall before you by the sword.

Ezekiel 32:11-12

For this is what the Lord God says:The sword of Babylon’s king
will come against you! I will make your hordes fall
by the swords of warriors,
all of them ruthless men from the nations.
They will ravage Egypt’s pride,
and all its hordes will be destroyed.

Psalm 45:3

Mighty warrior, strap your sword at your side.
In your majesty and splendor—

Micah 5:6

They will shepherd the land of Assyria with the sword,
the land of Nimrod with a drawn blade.
So He will rescue us from Assyria
when it invades our land,
when it marches against our territory.

Exodus 5:3

Then they answered, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Please let us go on a three-day trip into the wilderness so that we may sacrifice to Yahweh our God, or else He may strike us with plague or sword.”

2 Chronicles 20:9

“If disaster comes on us—sword or judgment, pestilence or famine—we will stand before this temple and before You, for Your name is in this temple. We will cry out to You because of our distress, and You will hear and deliver.”

Psalm 7:12

If anyone does not repent,
God will sharpen His sword;
He has strung His bow and made it ready.

Isaiah 31:8

Then Assyria will fall,
but not by human sword;
a sword will devour him,
but not one made by man.
He will flee from the sword;
his young men will be put to forced labor.

Jeremiah 50:35-37

A sword is over the Chaldeans—
this is the Lord’s declaration—
against those who live in Babylon,
against her officials, and against her sages. A sword is against the diviners,
and they will act foolishly.
A sword is against her heroic warriors,
and they will be terrified. A sword is against his horses and chariots
and against all the foreigners among them,
and they will be like women.
A sword is against her treasuries,
and they will be plundered.

Ezekiel 11:8-10

You fear the sword, so I will bring the sword against you.” This is the declaration of the Lord God. “I will bring you out of the city and hand you over to foreigners; I will execute judgments against you. You will fall by the sword, and I will judge you at the border of Israel. Then you will know that I am Yahweh.

Ezekiel 21:3

and say to it: This is what the Lord says: I am against you. I will draw My sword from its sheath and cut off both the righteous and the wicked from you.

Ezekiel 33:2

“Son of man, speak to your people and tell them: Suppose I bring the sword against a land, and the people of that land select a man from among them, appointing him as their watchman,

Revelation 2:12

“Write to the angel of the church in Pergamum:“The One who has the sharp, double-edged sword says:

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Judgments » Different kinds of » Swords

Exodus 22:24

My anger will burn, and I will kill you with the sword; then your wives will be widows and your children fatherless.

Jeremiah 19:7

I will spoil the plans of Judah and Jerusalem in this place. I will make them fall by the sword before their enemies, by the hand of those who want to take their life. I will provide their corpses as food for the birds of the sky and for the wild animals of the land.

Swords » Figurative » Of judgments

Zechariah 13:7

Sword, awake against My shepherd,
against the man who is My associate—
this is the declaration of the Lord of Hosts.
Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered;
I will also turn My hand against the little ones.

Deuteronomy 32:41

when I sharpen My flashing sword,
and My hand takes hold of judgment,
I will take vengeance on My adversaries
and repay those who hate Me.

Psalm 17:13

Rise up, Lord!
Confront him; bring him down.
With Your sword, save me from the wicked.

Hosea 11:6

A sword will whirl through his cities;
it will destroy and devour the bars of his gates,
because of their schemes.

Swords » Symbolical

Joshua 5:13

When Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in His hand. Joshua approached Him and asked, “Are You for us or for our enemies?”

Swords » Two-edged

Revelation 2:12

“Write to the angel of the church in Pergamum:“The One who has the sharp, double-edged sword says:

Swords » used by » Peter

John 18:10

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

Matthew 26:51

At that moment one of those with Jesus reached out his hand and drew his sword. He struck the high priest’s slave and cut off his ear.

Swords » Figurative » Of the malicious tongue

Psalm 57:4

I am surrounded by lions;
I lie down with those who devour men.
Their teeth are spears and arrows;
their tongues are sharp swords.

Proverbs 25:18

A man giving false testimony against his neighbor
is like a club, a sword, or a sharp arrow.

Swords » To be beaten into plowshares

Isaiah 2:4

He will settle disputes among the nations
and provide arbitration for many peoples.
They will turn their swords into plows
and their spears into pruning knives.
Nations will not take up the sword against other nations,
and they will never again train for war.

Micah 4:3

He will settle disputes among many peoples
and provide arbitration for strong nations
that are far away.
They will beat their swords into plows,
and their spears into pruning knives.
Nation will not take up the sword against nation,
and they will never again train for war.

Swords » Figurative » Of war

Genesis 27:40

You will live by your sword,
and you will serve your brother.
But when you rebel,
you will break his yoke from your neck.

Swords » used by » Goliath

1 Samuel 21:9

The priest replied, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, is here, wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you want to take it for yourself, then take it, for there isn’t another one here.”“There’s none like it!” David said. “Give it to me.”

Swords » David's army equipped with

1 Chronicles 21:5

Joab gave the total troop registration to David. In all Israel there were 1,100,000 swordsmen and in Judah itself 470,000 swordsmen.

Swords » Made of plowshares

Joel 3:10

Beat your plows into swords
and your pruning knives into spears.
Let even the weakling say, “I am a warrior.”

Swords » used by » gideon

Judges 7:20

The three companies blew their trumpets and shattered their pitchers. They held their torches in their left hands, their trumpets in their right hands, and shouted, “A sword for Yahweh and for Gideon!”

Swords » Suspended from the girdle

Nehemiah 4:18

Each of the builders had his sword strapped around his waist while he was building, and the trumpeter was beside me.

1 Samuel 17:39

David strapped his sword on over the military clothes and tried to walk, but he was not used to them. “I can’t walk in these,” David said to Saul, “I’m not used to them.” So David took them off.

Psalm 45:3

Mighty warrior, strap your sword at your side.
In your majesty and splendor

2 Samuel 20:8

They were at the great stone in Gibeon when Amasa joined them. Joab was wearing his uniform and over it was a belt around his waist with a sword in its sheath. As he approached, the sword fell out.

Swords » Carried in a sheath or scabbard

1 Chronicles 21:27

Then the Lord spoke to the angel, and he put his sword back into its sheath.

Jeremiah 47:6

Oh, sword of the Lord!
How long will you be restless?
Go back to your sheath;
be still; be silent!

Ezekiel 21:3-5

and say to it: This is what the Lord says: I am against you. I will draw My sword from its sheath and cut off both the righteous and the wicked from you. Since I will cut off [both] the righteous and the wicked, My sword will therefore come out of its sheath against everyone from the south to the north. So all the people will know that I, the Lord, have taken My sword from its sheath-it will not be sheathed again.

Swords » Illustrative » Of severe and heavy calamities

Ezekiel 14:17

“Or if I bring a sword against that land and say: Let a sword pass through it, so that I wipe out both man and animal from it,

Ezekiel 5:2

You are to burn up a third of it in the city when the days of the siege have ended; you are to take a third and slash it with the sword all around the city; and you are to scatter a third to the wind, for I will draw a sword to chase after them.

Ezekiel 21:9

“Son of man, prophesy: This is what the Lord says! You are to proclaim:A sword! A sword is sharpened
and also polished.

Swords » Illustrative » Of the tongue of the wicked

Psalm 57:4

I am surrounded by lions;
I lie down with those who devour men.
Their teeth are spears and arrows;
their tongues are sharp swords.

Psalm 64:3

who sharpen their tongues like swords
and aim bitter words like arrows,

Swords » Illustrative » Of the justice of God

Zechariah 13:7

Sword, awake against My shepherd,
against the man who is My associate—
this is the declaration of the Lord of Hosts.
Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered;
I will also turn My hand against the little ones.

Deuteronomy 32:41

when I sharpen My flashing sword,
and My hand takes hold of judgment,
I will take vengeance on My adversaries
and repay those who hate Me.

Swords » Often threatened as a punishment

Leviticus 26:33

But I will scatter you among the nations, and I will draw a sword to chase after you. So your land will become desolate, and your cities will become ruins.

Leviticus 26:25

I will bring a sword against you to execute the vengeance of the covenant. Though you withdraw into your cities, I will send a pestilence among you, and you will be delivered into enemy hands.

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

Leviticus 26:33

But I will scatter you among the nations, and I will draw a sword to chase after you. So your land will become desolate, and your cities will become ruins.

Ezekiel 21:3-5

and say to it: This is what the Lord says: I am against you. I will draw My sword from its sheath and cut off both the righteous and the wicked from you. Since I will cut off [both] the righteous and the wicked, My sword will therefore come out of its sheath against everyone from the south to the north. So all the people will know that I, the Lord, have taken My sword from its sheath-it will not be sheathed again.

Swords » Illustrative » Of the word of Christ

Isaiah 49:2

He made my words like a sharp sword;
He hid me in the shadow of His hand.
He made me like a sharpened arrow;
He hid me in His quiver.

Swords » Illustrative » Of the word of God

Swords » Described as » Glittering

Deuteronomy 32:41

when I sharpen My flashing sword,
and My hand takes hold of judgment,
I will take vengeance on My adversaries
and repay those who hate Me.

Job 20:25

He pulls it out of his back,
the flashing tip out of his liver.
Terrors come over him.

Swords » Was used » By the patriarchs

Genesis 48:22

Over and above what I am giving your brothers, I am giving you the one mountain slope that I took from the hand of the Amorites with my sword and bow.”

Genesis 34:25

On the third day, when they were still in pain, two of Jacob’s sons, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, took their swords, went into the unsuspecting city, and killed every male.

Swords » Was used » By heathen nations

Judges 7:22

When Gideon’s men blew their 300 trumpets, the Lord set the swords of each man in the army against each other. They fled to Beth-shittah in the direction of Zererah as far as the border of Abel-meholah near Tabbath.

1 Samuel 15:33

Samuel declared:As your sword has made women childless,
so your mother will be childless among women.Then he hacked Agag to pieces before the Lord at Gilgal.

Swords » Was used » For destruction of enemies

Numbers 21:24

Israel struck him with the sword and took possession of his land from the Arnon to the Jabbok, but only up to the Ammonite border, because it was fortified.

Joshua 6:21

They completely destroyed everything in the city with the sword—every man and woman, both young and old, and every ox, sheep, and donkey.

Swords » Was used » By the jews

2 Samuel 24:9

Joab gave the king the total of the registration of the troops. There were 800,000 fighting men from Israel and 500,000 men from Judah.

Judges 20:2

The leaders of all the people and of all the tribes of Israel presented themselves in the assembly of God’s people: 400,000 armed foot soldiers.

Swords » Was used » For punishing criminals

1 Samuel 15:33

Samuel declared:As your sword has made women childless,
so your mother will be childless among women.Then he hacked Agag to pieces before the Lord at Gilgal.

Swords » Sharpened and furbished before going to war

Psalm 7:12

If anyone does not repent,
God will sharpen His sword;
He has strung His bow and made it ready.

Ezekiel 21:9

“Son of man, prophesy: This is what the Lord says! You are to proclaim:A sword! A sword is sharpened
and also polished.

Swords » In time of peace made into plowshares

Isaiah 2:4

He will settle disputes among the nations
and provide arbitration for many peoples.
They will turn their swords into plows
and their spears into pruning knives.
Nations will not take up the sword against other nations,
and they will never again train for war.

Micah 4:3

He will settle disputes among many peoples
and provide arbitration for strong nations
that are far away.
They will beat their swords into plows,
and their spears into pruning knives.
Nation will not take up the sword against nation,
and they will never again train for war.

Swords » Often sent as a punishment

Ezra 9:7

Our guilt has been terrible from the days of our fathers until the present. Because of our iniquities we have been handed over, along with our kings and priests, to the surrounding kings, and to the sword, captivity, plundering, and open shame, as it is today.

Psalm 78:62

He surrendered His people to the sword
because He was enraged with His heritage.

Swords » Illustrative » Of the protection of God

Deuteronomy 33:29

How happy you are, Israel!
Who is like you,
a people saved by the Lord?
He is the shield that protects you,
the sword you boast in.
Your enemies will cringe before you,
and you will tread on their backs.

Swords » Was used » Sometimes for self-destruction

1 Samuel 31:4-5

Then Saul said to his armor-bearer, "Draw your sword and run me through with it, or these uncircumcised men will come and run me through and torture me." But his armor-bearer would not do it because he was terrified. Then Saul took his sword and fell on it. When his armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he also fell on his own sword and died with him.

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

2 Samuel 12:10

Now therefore, the sword will never leave your house because you despised Me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own wife.’

Swords » Illustrative » Of false witnesses

Proverbs 25:18

A man giving false testimony against his neighbor
is like a club, a sword, or a sharp arrow.

Swords » Described as » Oppressive

Jeremiah 46:16

He continues to stumble.
Indeed, each falls over the other.
They say, “Get up! Let’s return to our people
and to the land of our birth,
away from the sword that oppresses.”

Swords » Hebrews early acquainted with making of

1 Samuel 13:19

No blacksmith could be found in all the land of Israel, because the Philistines had said, “Otherwise, the Hebrews will make swords or spears.”

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

Jeremiah 47:6

Oh, sword of the Lord!
How long will you be restless?
Go back to your sheath;
be still; be silent!

Swords » Illustrative » (living by,) of rapine

Genesis 27:40

You will live by your sword,
and you will serve your brother.
But when you rebel,
you will break his yoke from your neck.

Swords » Illustrative » Of war and contention

Swords » Those slain by, communicated ceremonial uncleanness

Numbers 19:16

Anyone in the open field who touches a person who has been killed by the sword or has died, or who even touches a human bone, or a grave, will be unclean for seven days.

Swords » Was one of God's four sore judgments

Ezekiel 14:21

“For this is what the Lord God says: How much worse will it be when I send My four devastating judgments against Jerusalem—sword, famine, dangerous animals, and plague—in order to wipe out both man and animal from it!

Swords » Was brandished over the head

Ezekiel 32:10

I will cause many nations to be appalled at you,
and their kings will shudder with fear because of you
when I brandish My sword in front of them.
On the day of your downfall
each of them will tremble
every moment for his life.

Swords » Was thrust through enemies

Ezekiel 16:40

They will bring a mob against you to stone you and cut you to pieces with their swords.

Swords » Was pointed

Ezekiel 21:15

I have appointed a sword for slaughter
at all their gates,
so that their hearts may melt
and many may stumble.
Yes! It is ready to flash like lightning;
it is drawn for slaughter.

Swords » Illustrative » Of the end of the wicked

Proverbs 5:4

in the end she’s as bitter as wormwood
and as sharp as a double-edged sword.

Swords » Described as » Hurtful

Psalm 144:10

the One who gives victory to kings,
who frees His servant David
from the deadly sword.

Swords » Probable origin

Swords » Illustrative » Of persecuting spirit of the wicked

Psalm 37:14

The wicked have drawn the sword and strung the bow
to bring down the afflicted and needy
and to slaughter those whose way is upright.

Swords » Illustrative » Of judicial authority

Swords » Illustrative » Of the wicked

Psalm 17:13

Rise up, Lord!
Confront him; bring him down.
With Your sword, save me from the wicked.

Swords » Frequently had two edges

Psalm 149:6

Let the exaltation of God be in their mouths
and a double-edged sword in their hands,

Swords » Described as » Sharp

Psalm 57:4

I am surrounded by lions;
I lie down with those who devour men.
Their teeth are spears and arrows;
their tongues are sharp swords.

Swords » Was used » For self-defence

Luke 22:36

Then He said to them, “But now, whoever has a money-bag should take it, and also a traveling bag. And whoever doesn’t have a sword should sell his robe and buy one.

Swords » Illustrative » Of deep mental affliction

Luke 2:35

and a sword will pierce your own soul—that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

Swords » Described as » Bright

Nahum 3:3

Charging horseman,
flashing sword,
shining spear;
heaps of slain,
mounds of corpses,
dead bodies without end
they stumble over their dead.

Swords » In time of war, plowshares made into

Joel 3:10

Beat your plows into swords
and your pruning knives into spears.
Let even the weakling say, “I am a warrior.”

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