1 Babylon, God's Sword of Judgment
1 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 "Son of man, set your face against Jerusalem and preach against the sanctuary. Prophesy against the land of Israel 3 and say to her: 'This is what the Lord says: I am against you. I will draw my sword from its scabbard and cut off from you both the righteous and the wicked. 4 Because I am going to cut off the righteous and the wicked, my sword will be unsheathed against everyone from south to north. 5 Then all people will know that I the Lord have drawn my sword from its scabbard; it will not return again.'
6 "Therefore groan, son of man! Groan before them with broken heart and bitter grief. 7 And when they ask you, 'Why are you groaning?' you shall say, 'Because of the news that is coming. Every heart will melt and every hand go limp; every spirit will become faint and every knee become as weak as water.' It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign Lord."
10 " 'Shall we rejoice in the scepter of my son Judah ? The sword despises every such stick.
13 " 'Testing will surely come. And what if the scepter of Judah, which the sword despises, does not continue? declares the Sovereign Lord.'
14 "So then, son of man, prophesy 14 and strike your hands together. 14 Let the sword strike twice, 14 even three times. 14 It is a sword for slaughter— 14 a sword for great slaughter, 14 closing in on them from every side.