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Exodus 17:13

And Joshua disabled Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.

Joshua 11:10-12

And Joshua at that time returned and took Hazor and smote the king thereof with the sword because Hazor had been the head of all those kingdoms before. And they smote all the souls that were in it with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying them; there was not any left to breathe; and he burnt Hazor with fire. Likewise, Joshua took all the cities of those kings and all their kings and smote them with the edge of the sword, and he utterly destroyed them as Moses the slave of the LORD had commanded him.

Joshua 19:47

And the border of the sons of Dan went out too little for them; therefore, the sons of Dan went up to fight against Leshem and took it and smote it with the edge of the sword and possessed it and dwelt therein and called Leshem, Dan, after the name of Dan their father.

Judges 20:17

And the men of Israel, not counting Benjamin, were numbered four hundred thousand men that drew sword; all these were men of war.

2 Samuel 24:9

And Joab gave up the sum of the number of the people unto the king, and there were in Israel eight hundred thousand valiant men that drew the sword, and the men of Judah were five hundred thousand men.

2 Samuel 23:10

He arose and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword; and the LORD wrought a great salvation that day, and the people returned after him only to spoil.

1 Samuel 21:8-9

And David said unto Ahimelech, And is there not here under thy hand a spear or a sword? For I have neither brought my sword nor my weapons with me because the king's business required haste. And the priest replied, The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom thou didst overcome in the valley of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a veil behind the ephod; if thou wilt take that, take it, for there is none other except that 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 inheritance and defended it and slew the Philistines, and the LORD wrought a great salvation.

2 Samuel 1:14-16

And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the LORD's anointed? Then David called one of the young men and said, Go near and fall upon him. And he smote him that he died. And David said unto him, Thy blood be upon thy head, for thy mouth has testified against thee, saying, I have slain the LORD's anointed.

1 Samuel 15:33

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

1 Samuel 17:51

Therefore David ran and stood upon the Philistine and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and slew him and cut off his head with it. And when the Philistines saw their giant was dead, they fled.

1 Samuel 22:18-19

Then the king said to Doeg, Turn thou and fall upon the priests. And Doeg, the Edomite, turned and he fell upon the priests and slew on that day eighty-five men that wore a linen ephod. And Nob, the city of the priests, he smote with the edge of the sword, both men and women, children and sucklings and oxen and asses and sheep with the edge of the sword.

1 Kings 19:1

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

2 Kings 19:37

And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch, his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer, his sons, smote him with the sword and fled into the land of Ararat. And Esarhaddon, his son, reigned in his stead.

Joshua 6:21

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

1 Kings 2:34

So Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, went up and fell upon him and slew him, and he was buried in his own house in the wilderness.

1 Samuel 31:4-6

Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword and thrust me through with it lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not, for he was sore afraid. Therefore, Saul took his sword and fell upon it. And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword and died with him. So Saul died and his three sons and his armourbearer and all his men that same day together.

1 Chronicles 10:4

Then said Saul to his armourbearer, Draw thy sword and thrust me through with it lest these uncircumcised come and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not, for he was sore afraid. Then Saul took a sword and fell upon it.

Acts 16:27

And the keeper of the prison, awaking out of his sleep and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had fled.

Genesis 3:24

So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubim and a flaming sword which turned every way to keep the way of the tree of life.

Numbers 22:21-23

So Balaam rose up in the morning and saddled his female ass 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 ass, and his two servants were with him. And the ass saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way with his sword drawn in his hand; and the ass turned aside out of the way and went into the field. Then Balaam smote the ass to turn her into the way.

Deuteronomy 33:29

Blessed art thou, O Israel, who is like unto thee, O people saved by the LORD, the shield of thy help and the sword of thy excellency? Thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee, and thou shalt tread upon their high places.

Leviticus 26:6-8

For I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and no one shall make you afraid; and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land. And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. And five of you shall chase one hundred, and one hundred of you shall put ten thousands to flight; and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.

Ezekiel 32:11-12

For thus hath the Lord GOD said: The sword of the king of Babylon shall come upon thee. By the swords of the mighty I will cause thy people to fall; they shall all be the strong of the Gentiles and they shall destroy the pride of Egypt, and all the multitude thereof shall be undone.

Psalm 45:3

Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most valiant, with thy glory and thy majesty.

Micah 5:6

And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the blade, and the land of Nimrod with their swords; and he shall deliver us from the Assyrian when he comes against our land and when he treads within our borders.

Exodus 5:3

And they said, The God of the Hebrews has found us; therefore we shall go three days' journey into the desert and sacrifice unto the LORD our God lest he encounter us with pestilence or with the sword.

2 Chronicles 20:9

If evil comes upon us or the sword of judgment or pestilence or famine, we shall stand before this house and in thy presence (for thy name is in this house) and cry unto thee out of our tribulations, and thou wilt hear us and save us.

Psalm 7:12

If he does not turn, he will whet his sword; he has bent his bow and made it ready.

Isaiah 31:8

Then the Assyrian shall fall by the sword, not of a mighty man; and the sword, not of a mean man, shall devour him: but he shall flee from the presence of the sword, and his young men shall faint.

Jeremiah 50:35-37

A sword is upon the Chaldeans, said the LORD, and upon the inhabitants of Babylon and upon her princes and upon her wise men. A sword is upon the fortune-tellers; and they shall be fools: a sword is upon her mighty men; and they shall be broken. A sword is upon their horses and upon their chariots and upon all the mingled people that are in the midst of her; and they shall become as women; a sword is upon her treasures; and they shall be robbed.

Ezekiel 11:8-10

Ye have feared the sword, and I will bring a sword upon you, said the Lord GOD. And I will bring you out of the midst thereof and deliver you into the hands of strangers and will execute judgments in you. Ye shall fall by the sword; I will judge you in the border of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

Ezekiel 21:3

and thou shalt say to the land of Israel, Thus hath the LORD said: Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth my sword out of its sheath and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked.

Ezekiel 33:2

Son of man, speak to the sons of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring a sword upon the land and the people of the land take a man from within their borders and set him up as a watchman;

Revelation 2:12

And to the angel of the congregation in Pergamos write; These things, saith he, who has the sharp sword with two edges:

From Thematic Bible


Judgments » Different kinds of » Swords

Exodus 22:24

and my wrath shall wax hot, and I will kill you with the sword; and your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless.

Jeremiah 19:7

And I will make void the counsel of Judah and Jerusalem in this place, and I will cause them to fall by the sword before their enemies and by the hands of those that seek their souls and I will give their carcasses to be food for the fowls of the heaven and for the beasts of the earth.

Swords » Figurative » Of judgments

Zechariah 13:7

Awake, O sword, upon the pastor and upon the man that is my fellow, said the LORD of the hosts; smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered; and I will turn my hand upon the little ones.

Deuteronomy 32:41

if I whet the resplendence of my sword and my hand takes hold on judgment, I will render vengeance to my enemies and will recompense those that hate me.

Psalm 17:13

Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, with thy sword;

Hosea 11:6

And the sword shall fall upon his cities and shall consume his villages and devour them because of their own counsels.

Swords » Symbolical

Genesis 3:24

So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubim and a flaming sword which turned every way to keep the way of the tree of life.

Joshua 5:13

And Joshua, being near Jericho, lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand. And Joshua went unto him and said unto him, Art thou one of us or one of our adversaries?

Swords » Two-edged

Revelation 2:12

And to the angel of the congregation in Pergamos write; These things, saith he, who has the sharp sword with two edges:

Swords » used by » Peter

John 18:10

Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and smote the high priest's slave and cut off his right ear. The slave's name was Malchus.

Matthew 26:51

And, behold, one of those who was with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword and struck a slave of the high priest and smote off his ear.

Swords » Figurative » Of the malicious tongue

Psalm 57:4

My soul is among lions, and I lie even among those that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows and their tongue a sharp sword.

Proverbs 25:18

A man that bears false witness against his neighbour is a maul and a sword and a sharp arrow.

Swords » To be beaten into plowshares

Isaiah 2:4

And he shall judge among the Gentiles and shall rebuke many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruninghooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Micah 4:3

And he shall judge among many peoples and correct strong nations even afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruninghooks; nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they train for war any more.

Swords » Figurative » Of war

Genesis 27:40

and by thy sword shalt thou live and shalt serve thy brother; yet there shall be a time when thou shalt have dominion, and thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.

Swords » used by » Goliath

1 Samuel 21:9

And the priest replied, The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom thou didst overcome in the valley of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a veil behind the ephod; if thou wilt take that, take it, for there is none other except that here. And David said, There is none like that; give it to me.

Swords » David's army equipped with

1 Chronicles 21:5

And Joab gave the sum of the number of the people unto David. And they found in all Israel eleven times one hundred thousand men that drew sword, and of Judah four hundred seventy thousand men that drew sword.

Swords » Made of plowshares

Joel 3:10

beat your plowshares into swords and your pruninghooks into spears; let the weak say, I am strong.

Swords » used by » gideon

Judges 7:20

And the three companies blew the shofarot; and breaking the pitchers, they held the torches in their left hands and the shofarot in their right hands to blow with; and they cried, The sword of I AM The Hewer!

Swords » Suspended from the girdle

Nehemiah 4:18

For the builders, each one had his sword girded by his side, and so they built. And he that sounded the shofar was by me.

1 Samuel 17:39

And David girded Saul's sword upon Saul's clothing, and he undertook to go, for he had not proved them. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these, for I have not proved them. And putting them off, David

Psalm 45:3

Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most valiant, with thy glory and thy majesty.

2 Samuel 20:8

When they were at the great stone which is in Gibeon, Amasa came out and met them. And Joab's garment that he had put on was girded unto him and upon it a girdle with a sword fastened upon his loins in its sheath, and as he went forth, it fell out.

Swords » Carried in a sheath or scabbard

1 Chronicles 21:27

And when the LORD spoke to the angel, he put up his sword again into its sheath.

Jeremiah 47:6

O thou sword of the LORD, how long will it be ere thou be quiet? put up thyself into thy scabbard, rest, and be still.

Ezekiel 21:3-5

and thou shalt say to the land of Israel, Thus hath the LORD said: Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth my sword out of its sheath and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked. Seeing then that I will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked therefore shall my sword go forth out of its sheath against all flesh from the south to the north: that all flesh may know that I the LORD have drawn forth my sword out of its sheath; it shall not return any more.

Swords » Illustrative » Of severe and heavy calamities

Ezekiel 14:17

Or if I bring a sword upon the land and say: Sword, go through the land; so that I cut off man and beast out of her;

Ezekiel 5:2

Thou shalt burn with fire a third part in the midst of the city, when the days of the siege are fulfilled; and thou shalt take a third part and smite about it with a knife; and a third part thou shalt scatter in the wind; and I will draw out a sword after them.

Ezekiel 21:9

Son of man, prophesy and say, Thus hath the LORD said: Say, A sword, a sword is sharpened, and also furbished:

Swords » Illustrative » Of the tongue of the wicked

Psalm 57:4

My soul is among lions, and I lie even among those that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows and their tongue a sharp sword.

Psalm 64:3

Who whet their tongue like a sword and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words

Swords » Illustrative » Of the justice of God

Zechariah 13:7

Awake, O sword, upon the pastor and upon the man that is my fellow, said the LORD of the hosts; smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered; and I will turn my hand upon the little ones.

Deuteronomy 32:41

if I whet the resplendence of my sword and my hand takes hold on judgment, I will render vengeance to my enemies and will recompense those that hate me.

Swords » Often threatened as a punishment

Leviticus 26:33

And I will scatter you among the Gentiles and will draw out a sword after you, and your land shall be desolate and your cities waste.

Leviticus 26:25

And I will bring an avenging sword upon you, in vindication of the covenant; and ye shall gather together within your cities; but I will send pestilence among you, and ye shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy.

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

Leviticus 26:33

And I will scatter you among the Gentiles and will draw out a sword after you, and your land shall be desolate and your cities waste.

Ezekiel 21:3-5

and thou shalt say to the land of Israel, Thus hath the LORD said: Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth my sword out of its sheath and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked. Seeing then that I will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked therefore shall my sword go forth out of its sheath against all flesh from the south to the north: that all flesh may know that I the LORD have drawn forth my sword out of its sheath; it shall not return any more.

Swords » Illustrative » Of the word of Christ

Isaiah 49:2

And he has made my mouth like a sharp sword; with the shadow of his hand he has covered me, and made me a clean arrow; in his quiver he has kept me.

Swords » Illustrative » Of the word of God

Swords » Described as » Glittering

Deuteronomy 32:41

if I whet the resplendence of my sword and my hand takes hold on judgment, I will render vengeance to my enemies and will recompense those that hate me.

Job 20:25

He shall draw forth an arrow from his quiver, and like lightning it shall strike through his gall; terrors shall come upon him.

Swords » Was used » By the patriarchs

Genesis 48:22

Moreover I have given to thee one portion above thy brethren, which I took out of the hand of the Amorite with my sword and with my bow.

Genesis 34:25

And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brethren, took each man his sword and came upon the city boldly and slew all the males.

Swords » Was used » By heathen nations

Judges 7:22

But the three hundred blew the shofarot, and the LORD set each man's sword against his fellow, even throughout all the camp; and the host fled to Bethshittah in Zererath and to the border of Abelmeholah unto Tabbath.

1 Samuel 15:33

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

Swords » Was used » For destruction of enemies

Numbers 21:24

And Israel smote him with the edge of the sword and possessed his land from Arnon unto Jabbok, even unto the sons of Ammon, for the border of the sons of Ammon was strong.

Joshua 6:21

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

Swords » Was used » By the jews

2 Samuel 24:9

And Joab gave up the sum of the number of the people unto the king, and there were in Israel eight hundred thousand valiant men that drew the sword, and the men of Judah were five hundred thousand men.

Judges 20:2

And the chief of all the people, even of all the tribes of Israel, were present in the assembly of the people of God, four hundred thousand footmen that drew sword.

Swords » Was used » For punishing criminals

1 Samuel 15:33

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

Swords » Sharpened and furbished before going to war

Psalm 7:12

If he does not turn, he will whet his sword; he has bent his bow and made it ready.

Ezekiel 21:9

Son of man, prophesy and say, Thus hath the LORD said: Say, A sword, a sword is sharpened, and also furbished:

Swords » In time of peace made into plowshares

Isaiah 2:4

And he shall judge among the Gentiles and shall rebuke many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruninghooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Micah 4:3

And he shall judge among many peoples and correct strong nations even afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruninghooks; nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they train for war any more.

Swords » Often sent as a punishment

Ezra 9:7

Since the days of our fathers, we have been in great guiltiness unto this day; and for our iniquities we, our kings and our priests, have been delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, to spoil, and to confusion of face, as it is this day.

Psalm 78:62

He gave his people over also unto the sword and was wroth with his inheritance.

Swords » Illustrative » Of the protection of God

Deuteronomy 33:29

Blessed art thou, O Israel, who is like unto thee, O people saved by the LORD, the shield of thy help and the sword of thy excellency? Thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee, and thou shalt tread upon their high places.

Swords » Was used » Sometimes for self-destruction

1 Samuel 31:4-5

Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword and thrust me through with it lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not, for he was sore afraid. Therefore, Saul took his sword and fell upon it. And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise 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 thy house because thou hast despised me and hast taken the wife of Uriah, the Hittite, to be thy wife.

Swords » Illustrative » Of false witnesses

Proverbs 25:18

A man that bears false witness against his neighbour is a maul and a sword and a sharp arrow.

Swords » Described as » Oppressive

Jeremiah 46:16

He multiplied the fallen; yea, one fell upon another; and they said, Arise, and let us go again to our own people and to the land of our nativity, away from the overcoming sword.

Swords » Hebrews early acquainted with making of

1 Samuel 13:19

Now there was no smith found throughout all the land of Israel, for the Philistines had said, Lest peradventure the Hebrews make swords or spears.

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

Jeremiah 47:6

O thou sword of the LORD, how long will it be ere thou be quiet? put up thyself into thy scabbard, rest, and be still.

Swords » Illustrative » (living by,) of rapine

Genesis 27:40

and by thy sword shalt thou live and shalt serve thy brother; yet there shall be a time when thou shalt have dominion, and thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.

Swords » Illustrative » Of war and contention

Swords » Those slain by, communicated ceremonial uncleanness

Numbers 19:16

And whoever touches one that is slain with a sword in the open fields or a dead body or a human bone or a grave, shall be unclean seven days.

Swords » Was one of God's four sore judgments

Ezekiel 14:21

Therefore thus hath the Lord GOD said: How much more if I send my four sore judgments against Jerusalem: the sword, the famine, the evil beast, the pestilence, to cut off out of her man and beast?

Swords » Was brandished over the head

Ezekiel 32:10

And I will make many peoples amazed at thee and their kings shall be horribly afraid because of thee, when I shall brandish my sword before them; and they shall tremble at every moment, every man for his own life, in the day of thy fall.

Swords » Was thrust through enemies

Ezekiel 16:40

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

Swords » Was pointed

Ezekiel 21:15

I have set the fear of the sword in all their gates, that their heart may faint and their ruins be multiplied; ah! it is made so that it might shine; it is prepared for the slaughter.

Swords » Illustrative » Of the end of the wicked

Proverbs 5:4

But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.

Swords » Described as » Hurtful

Psalm 144:10

Thou, he who gives salvation unto kings, who redeems David his slave from the evil sword.

Swords » Probable origin

Genesis 3:24

So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubim and a flaming sword which turned every way to keep the way of the tree of life.

Swords » Illustrative » Of persecuting spirit of the wicked

Psalm 37:14

He The wicked have drawn out the sword and have bent their bow to cast down the poor and needy and to slay such as are of upright conversation.

Swords » Illustrative » Of judicial authority

Swords » Illustrative » Of the wicked

Psalm 17:13

Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, with thy sword;

Swords » Frequently had two edges

Psalm 149:6

The high praises of God shall be in their mouth and a two-edged sword in their hand,

Swords » Described as » Sharp

Psalm 57:4

My soul is among lions, and I lie even among those that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows and their tongue a sharp sword.

Swords » Was used » For self-defence

Luke 22:36

Then he said unto them, But now, he that has a purse, let him take it and likewise his provision bag; and he that has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.

Swords » Illustrative » Of deep mental affliction

Luke 2:35

(yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

Swords » Described as » Bright

Nahum 3:3

The horseman lifts up both the bright sword and the glittering spear, and there is a multitude of slain and a great number of carcasses; and there shall be no end of their corpses; they stumble upon their corpses,

Swords » In time of war, plowshares made into

Joel 3:10

beat your plowshares into swords and your pruninghooks into spears; let the weak say, I am strong.