21:1 (21:6) 1 The word of the Lord came to me: 21:2 “Son of man, turn toward 2 Jerusalem 3 and speak out against the sanctuaries. Prophesy against the land of Israel 21:3 and say to them, 4 ‘This is what the Lord says: Look, 5 I am against you. 6 I will draw my sword 7 from its sheath and cut off from you both the righteous and the wicked. 8 21:4 Because I will cut off from you both the righteous and the wicked, my sword will go out from its sheath against everyone 9 from the south 10 to the north. 21:5 Then everyone will know that I am the Lord, who drew my sword from its sheath – it will not be sheathed again!’
2 tn Heb “set your face toward.”
4 tn Heb “the land of Israel.”
5 tn The word הִנֵּה (hinneh, traditionally “behold”) draws attention to something and has been translated here as a verb.
6 tn Or “I challenge you.” The phrase “I am against you” may be a formula for challenging someone to combat or a duel. See D. I. Block, Ezekiel (NICOT), 1:201-2, and P. Humbert, “Die Herausforderungsformel ‘h!nn#n' ?l?K>,’” ZAW 45 (1933): 101-8.
8 sn Ezekiel elsewhere pictures the Lord’s judgment as discriminating between the righteous and the wicked (9:4-6; 18:1-20; see as well Pss 1 and 11) and speaks of the preservation of a remnant (3:21; 6:8; 12:16). Perhaps here he exaggerates for rhetorical effect in an effort to subdue any false optimism. See L. C. Allen, Ezekiel (WBC), 2:25-26; D. I. Block, Ezekiel (NICOT), 1:669-70; and W. Zimmerli, Ezekiel (Hermeneia), 1:424-25.
9 tn Heb “all flesh” (also in the following verse).
10 tn Heb “Negev.” The Negev is the south country.