Ezekiel 21:16
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New International Version
Slash to the right, you sword, then to the left, wherever your blade is turned.

New Living Translation
O sword, slash to the right, then slash to the left, wherever you will, wherever you want.

English Standard Version
Cut sharply to the right; set yourself to the left, wherever your face is directed.

New American Standard Bible
"Show yourself sharp, go to the right; set yourself; go to the left, wherever your edge is appointed.

King James Bible
Go thee one way or other, either on the right hand, or on the left, whithersoever thy face is set.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Slash to the right; turn to the left-- wherever your blade is directed.

International Standard Version
Be sharp! Attack on the right, or parry to your left, wherever you point your sword.

NET Bible
Cut sharply on the right! Swing to the left, wherever your edge is appointed to strike.

New Heart English Bible
'Gather yourselves together, go to the right, set yourselves in array, go to the left, wherever your face is set.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Sword, cut to the right. Cut to the left or wherever your blade is turned.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Go thee one way to the right, or direct thyself to the left; whither is thy face set?

New American Standard 1977
“Show yourself sharp, go to the right; set yourself; go to the left, wherever your edge is appointed.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Go one way or other, either on the right hand or on the left, wherever thy face is set.

King James 2000 Bible
Go you one way or the other, either on the right hand, or on the left, wherever your face is set.

American King James Version
Go you one way or other, either on the right hand, or on the left, wherever your face is set.

American Standard Version
Gather thee together, go to the right, set thyself in array, go to the left, whithersoever thy face is set.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be thou sharpened, go to the right hand, or to the left, which way soever thou hast a mind to set thy face.

Darby Bible Translation
Gather up [strength], go to the right hand, turn thee, go to the left, whithersoever thy face is appointed.

English Revised Version
Gather thee together, go to the right; set thyself in array, go to the left; whithersoever thy face is set.

Webster's Bible Translation
Go thee one way or other, either on the right hand, or on the left, whithersoever thy face is set.

World English Bible
Gather yourselves together, go to the right, set yourselves in array, go to the left, wherever your face is set.

Young's Literal Translation
Take possession of the right, place thyself at the left, Whither thy face is appointed.
Study Bible
The Parable of the Lord's Sword
15that their hearts may melt, and many fall at all their gates. I have given the glittering sword. Ah! It is made for striking like lightning, it is wrapped up in readiness for slaughter. 16"Show yourself sharp, go to the right; set yourself; go to the left, wherever your edge is appointed. 17"I will also clap My hands together, and I will appease My wrath; I, the LORD, have spoken."…
Cross References
Ezekiel 21:15
that their hearts may melt, and many fall at all their gates. I have given the glittering sword. Ah! It is made for striking like lightning, it is wrapped up in readiness for slaughter.

Ezekiel 21:17
"I will also clap My hands together, and I will appease My wrath; I, the LORD, have spoken."
Treasury of Scripture

Go you one way or other, either on the right hand, or on the left, wherever your face is set.

Go

Ezekiel 21:4,20 Seeing then that I will cut off from you the righteous and the wicked…

Ezekiel 14:17 Or if I bring a sword on that land, and say, Sword, go through the …

Ezekiel 16:46 And your elder sister is Samaria, she and her daughters that dwell …

either

Genesis 13:9 Is not the whole land before you? separate yourself, I pray you, …

or on the left. [heb] set thyself, take the left hand.

(16) Go thee one way or other.--An address to the sword, the animation of which is singularly lost in our version; the sword is addressed as a host, to be prepared for instant action in every quarter: "Gather thyself up (close up ranks) right; set thyself, left."

Verse 16. - Go thee one way or another, etc.; i.e. as in the following, to the right hand or the left - to the north or the south. Whichever way the prophet turned (Ezekiel 20:47), he would see nothing but the sword and its work of slaughter. Jehovah had given that command with the gesture of supreme authority. He would not rest till he had appeased his wrath by letting it work itself out even to the end. With these words the "Lay of the Sword of Jehovah" ends, and there is again an interval of silence. Go thee one way or another,.... Go to some one place: or "unite thyself" (a); to other swords, or join other soldiers holding swords; the address is to the sword, to steer its course some one way, and slay as it goes along, sparing none:

either on the right, or on the left; or south, or north; so the Targum,

"unsheathe, and slay on the south, and destroy on the north:''

whithersoever thy face is set; or prepared, as the Targum, or appointed for destruction; this is the usual interpretation: but why may not the words be an apostrophe to the prophet, to go alone or single, either to the right or left, south or north, as his face was set, Ezekiel 21:2, sighing and crying, smiting his hands together, in order to affect the minds of the people with the sense of their calamities coming upon them?

(a) "unito Montanus", Piscator, Polanus; "unitor te", Starckius; "in unum dirigitor", Cocceius. 16. Apostrophe to the sword.

Go … one way—or, "Concentrate thyself"; "Unite thy forces on the right hand" [Grotius]. The sword is commanded to take the nearest route for Jerusalem, "whither their face was set," whether south or north ("right hand or left"), according to where the several parts of the Chaldean host may be.

or other, … on the left—rather "set thyself on the left." The verbs are well-chosen. The main "concentration" of forces was to be on "the right hand," or south, the part of Judea in which Jerusalem was, and which lay south in marching from Babylon, whereas the Chaldean forces advancing on Jerusalem from Egypt, of which Jerusalem was north, were fewer, and therefore "set thyself" is the verb used.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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