Ezekiel 21:12
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New International Version
Cry out and wail, son of man, for it is against my people; it is against all the princes of Israel. They are thrown to the sword along with my people. Therefore beat your breast.

New Living Translation
"Son of man, cry out and wail; pound your thighs in anguish, for that sword will slaughter my people and their leaders--everyone will die!

English Standard Version
Cry out and wail, son of man, for it is against my people. It is against all the princes of Israel. They are delivered over to the sword with my people. Strike therefore upon your thigh.

New American Standard Bible
"Cry out and wail, son of man; for it is against My people, it is against all the officials of Israel. They are delivered over to the sword with My people, therefore strike your thigh.

King James Bible
Cry and howl, son of man: for it shall be upon my people, it shall be upon all the princes of Israel: terrors by reason of the sword shall be upon my people: smite therefore upon thy thigh.

Christian Standard Bible
"Cry out and wail, son of man, for it is against my people. It is against all the princes of Israel! They are given over to the sword with my people. Therefore strike your thigh in grief.

Contemporary English Version
Groan in sorrow, Ezekiel; the sword is drawn against my people and their leaders. They will die! So give up all hope.

Good News Translation
Howl in grief, mortal man; this sword is meant for my people and for all the leaders of Israel. They are going to be killed with all the rest of my people. Beat your breast in despair!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Cry out and wail, son of man, for it is against My people. It is against all the princes of Israel! They are given over to the sword with My people. Therefore strike your thigh in grief.

International Standard Version
Cry and wail, you Son of Man! It's headed against my people. It's also against all the princes of Israel, who have been tossed to the sword, along with my people. So it's time to grieve like you mean it,

NET Bible
Cry out and moan, son of man, for it is wielded against my people; against all the princes of Israel. They are delivered up to the sword, along with my people. Therefore, strike your thigh.

New Heart English Bible
Cry and wail, son of man; for it is on my people, it is on all the princes of Israel: they are delivered over to the sword with my people; strike therefore on your thigh.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
" 'Cry and mourn, son of man, because the sword will be used against my people and against all the princes of Israel. I will throw the princes and my people on the sword. So beat your breast, and grieve.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Cry and wail, son of man; for it is upon My people, it is upon all the princes of Israel; they are thrust down to the sword with My people; smite therefore upon thy thigh.

New American Standard 1977
“Cry out and wail, son of man; for it is against My people, it is against all the officials of Israel. They are delivered over to the sword with My people, therefore strike your thigh.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Cry and howl, son of man, for it shall be upon my people; it shall be upon all the princes of Israel; fear of the sword shall be upon my people; therefore smite the thigh

King James 2000 Bible
Cry and wail, son of man: for it shall be upon my people, it shall be upon all the princes of Israel: terrors by reason of the sword shall be upon my people: strike therefore upon your thigh.

American King James Version
Cry and howl, son of man: for it shall be on my people, it shall be on all the princes of Israel: terrors by reason of the sword shall be on my people: smite therefore on your thigh.

American Standard Version
Cry and wail, son of man; for it is upon my people, it is upon all the princes of Israel: they are delivered over to the sword with my people; smite therefore upon thy thigh.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Cry, and howl, 0 son of man, for this sword is upon my people, it is upon all the princes of Israel, that are fled: they are delivered up to the sword with my people, strike therefore upon thy thigh,

Darby Bible Translation
Cry and howl, son of man; for it shall be against my people, it shall be against all the princes of Israel: they are given up to the sword along with my people: smite therefore upon the thigh.

English Revised Version
Cry and howl, son of man: for it is upon my people, it is upon all the princes of Israel: they are delivered over to the sword with my people: smite therefore upon thy thigh.

Webster's Bible Translation
Cry and howl, son of man: for it shall be upon my people, it shall be upon all the princes of Israel: terrors by reason of the sword shall be upon my people: smite therefore upon thy thigh.

World English Bible
Cry and wail, son of man; for it is on my people, it is on all the princes of Israel: they are delivered over to the sword with my people; strike therefore on your thigh.

Young's Literal Translation
Cry and howl, son of man, For it hath been among My people, It is among all the princes of Israel, Cast unto the sword have been My people. Therefore strike on thy thigh,
Study Bible
The Parable of the Lord's Sword
11"It is given to be polished, that it may be handled; the sword is sharpened and polished, to give it into the hand of the slayer. 12"Cry out and wail, son of man; for it is against My people, it is against all the officials of Israel. They are delivered over to the sword with My people, therefore strike your thigh. 13"For there is a testing; and what if even the rod which despises will be no more?" declares the Lord GOD.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 31:19
For after I turned back, I repented; And after I was instructed, I smote on my thigh; I was ashamed and also humiliated Because I bore the reproach of my youth.'

Ezekiel 21:6
"As for you, son of man, groan with breaking heart and bitter grief, groan in their sight.

Ezekiel 21:11
"It is given to be polished, that it may be handled; the sword is sharpened and polished, to give it into the hand of the slayer.

Ezekiel 21:13
"For there is a testing; and what if even the rod which despises will be no more?" declares the Lord GOD.

Ezekiel 21:25
'And you, O slain, wicked one, the prince of Israel, whose day has come, in the time of the punishment of the end,'

Ezekiel 22:6
"Behold, the rulers of Israel, each according to his power, have been in you for the purpose of shedding blood.

Ezekiel 30:2
"Son of man, prophesy and say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Wail, 'Alas for the day!'

Joel 1:13
Gird yourselves with sackcloth And lament, O priests; Wail, O ministers of the altar! Come, spend the night in sackcloth O ministers of my God, For the grain offering and the drink offering Are withheld from the house of your God.
Treasury of Scripture

Cry and howl, son of man: for it shall be on my people, it shall be on all the princes of Israel: terrors by reason of the sword shall be on my people: smite therefore on your thigh.

howl

Ezekiel 21:6 Sigh therefore, you son of man, with the breaking of your loins; …

Ezekiel 9:8 And it came to pass, while they were slaying them, and I was left, …

Ezekiel 30:2 Son of man, prophesy and say, Thus said the Lord GOD; Howl you, Woe …

Jeremiah 25:34 Howl, you shepherds, and cry; and wallow yourselves in the ashes, …

Joel 1:13 Gird yourselves, and lament, you priests: howl, you ministers of …

Micah 1:8 Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked: I will …

terrors by reason of the shall be upon my. or, they are thrust down to the sword with my.

smite. This was an expression of deep affliction.

Ezekiel 21:14 You therefore, son of man, prophesy, and smite your hands together. …

Ezekiel 6:11 Thus said the Lord GOD; Smite with your hand, and stamp with your …

Jeremiah 31:12 Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall …

(12) Smite therefore upon thy thigh.--A mark of extreme grief, see Jeremiah 31:19. The connection of Ezekiel 21:11-12 with the objection in Ezekiel 21:10 is this: you think there is security for you in the promise to Judah; do not deceive yourselves, but prepare for sorrow and desolation.

Verse 12. - Terrors by reason of the sword; better, as in the Revised Version and margin of the Authorized Version, They (the princes of Judah, corresponding to the "rod" of ver. 10) are delivered over to the sword with my people. At this stage, in contemplating the destruction alike of princes and of people, the prophet is bidden to make his gestures of lamentation yet more expressive, "crying, howling, smiting on his thigh" (Jeremiah 31:19). Cry, howl, son of man,.... Not only sigh, but cry; and not cry only, but howl; signifying hereby that this would be the case of the Jews when these calamities should come upon them; and, in order to affect them with them before hand, the prophet is ordered to act such a part, as well as to express his sympathy with them:

for it shall be upon my people; that is, the sword, or the calamity signified by it; this should be not upon other nations, but upon the Lord's own people; such who professed themselves to be his people, and whom he had distinguished from all others; this is said, to affect the prophet the more, they being both the Lord's people, and his also:

and it shall be upon all the princes of Israel; who were slain in Riblah by the king of Babylon, Jeremiah 52:10, the sword spared neither people nor princes.

Terrors, by reason of the sword, shall be upon my people; upon the rumour of the invasion, and when besieged in the city, and when attempting to make their escape by flight: or "my people are fallen by the sword" (u), as some:

smite therefore upon thy thigh; as one grieved in spirit, in great distress and anguish; see Jeremiah 31:19.

(u) So R. Sol Urbin. Ohel Moed, fol. 59. 1.12. terrors by reason of the sword, etc.—rather, "they (the princes of Israel) are delivered up to the sword together with My people" [Glassius].

smite … upon … thigh—a mark of grief (Jer 31:19).21:1-17 Here is an explanation of the parable in the last chapter. It is declared that the Lord was about to cut off Jerusalem and the whole land, that all might know it was his decree against a wicked and rebellious people. It behoves those who denounce the awful wrath of God against sinners, to show that they do not desire the woful day. The example of Christ teaches us to lament over those whose ruin we declare. Whatever instruments God uses in executing his judgments, he will strengthen them according to the service they are employed in. The sword glitters to the terror of those against whom it is drawn. It is a sword to others, a rod to the people of the Lord. God is in earnest in pronouncing this sentence, and the prophet must show himself in earnest in publishing it.
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