I will make many stumble. 1 They will fall over one another in their hurry to flee. 2 They will say, ‘Get up! Let’s go back to our own people. Let’s go back to our homelands because the enemy is coming to destroy us.’ 3
Kill all the farmers who sow the seed in the land of Babylon. Kill all those who wield the sickle at harvest time. 1 Let all the foreigners return to their own people. Let them hurry back to their own lands to escape destruction by that enemy army. 2
Say, ‘Mountains of Israel, 1 Hear the word of the sovereign Lord! 2 This is what the sovereign Lord says to the mountains and the hills, to the ravines and the valleys: I am bringing 3 a sword against you, and I will destroy your high places. 4
“‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Clap your hands, stamp your feet, and say, “Ah!” because of all the evil, abominable practices of the house of Israel, for they will fall by the sword, famine, and pestilence. 1
The one far away will die by pestilence, the one close by will fall by the sword, and whoever is left and has escaped these 1 will die by famine. I will fully vent my rage against them.
“For this is what the sovereign Lord says: How much worse will it be when I send my four terrible judgments – sword, famine, wild animals, and plague – to Jerusalem 1 to kill both people and animals!
He will kill your daughters in the field with the sword. He will build a siege wall against you, erect a siege ramp against you, and raise a great shield against you.
The nations will know that the house of Israel went into exile due to their iniquity, 1 for they were unfaithful to me. So I hid my face from them and handed them over to their enemies; all of them died by the sword.
You will eat, but not be satisfied. Even if you have the strength 1 to overtake some prey, 2 you will not be able to carry it away; 3 if you do happen to carry away something, I will deliver it over to the sword.
for it is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be in fear, for it does not bear the sword in vain. It is God’s servant to administer retribution on the wrongdoer.
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing even to the point of dividing soul from spirit, and joints from marrow; it is able to judge the desires and thoughts of the heart.
and, by the signs he was permitted to perform on behalf of the beast, he deceived those who live on the earth. He told 1 those who live on the earth to make an image to the beast who had been wounded by the sword, but still lived.
But that day belongs to the Lord God who rules over all. 1 It is the day when he will pay back his enemies. 2 His sword will devour them until its appetite is satisfied! It will drink their blood until it is full! 3 For the Lord God who rules over all 4 will offer them up as a sacrifice in the land of the north by the Euphrates River.
Then 1 I, the Lord, promise that 2 I will hand over King Zedekiah of Judah, his officials, and any of the people who survive the war, starvation, and disease. I will hand them over to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and to their enemies who want to kill them. He will slaughter them with the sword. He will not show them any mercy, compassion, or pity.’
and he said to them, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Each man fasten 1 his sword on his side, and go back and forth 2 from entrance to entrance throughout the camp, and each one kill his brother, his friend, and his neighbor.’” 3
You have joy, Israel! Who is like you? You are a people delivered by the Lord, your protective shield and your exalted sword. May your enemies cringe before you; may you trample on their backs.
As they fled from Israel on the slope leading down from 1 Beth Horon, the Lord threw down on them large hailstones from the sky, 2 all the way to Azekah. They died – in fact, more died from the hailstones than the Israelites killed with the sword.
When the three hundred men blew their trumpets, the Lord caused the Midianites to attack one another with their swords 1 throughout 2 the camp. The army fled to Beth Shittah on the way to Zererah. They went 3 to the border of Abel Meholah near Tabbath.
Saul said to him, “Why have you conspired against me, you and this son of Jesse? You gave 1 him bread and a sword and inquired of God on his behalf, so that he opposes 2 me and waits in ambush, as is the case today!”
Among the dead they have made a bed for her, along with all her hordes around her grave. 1 All of them are uncircumcised, killed by the sword, for their terror had spread in the land of the living. They bear their shame along with those who descend to the pit; they are placed among the dead.