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New International Version
"Is not my word like fire," declares the LORD, "and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?
New Living Translation
Does not my word burn like fire?" says the LORD. "Is it not like a mighty hammer that smashes a rock to pieces?
English Standard Version
Is not my word like fire, declares the LORD, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?
Berean Study Bible
Is not My word like fire, declares the LORD, and like a hammer that smashes a rock?”
New American Standard Bible
"Is not My word like fire?" declares the LORD, "and like a hammer which shatters a rock?
King James Bible
Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?
Christian Standard Bible
"Is not my word like fire"--this is the LORD's declaration--"and like a hammer that pulverizes rock?
Contemporary English Version
My words are a powerful fire; they are a hammer that shatters rocks.
Good News Translation
My message is like a fire and like a hammer that breaks rocks in pieces.
Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Is not My word like fire"--this is the LORD's declaration--"and like a hammer that pulverizes rock?
International Standard Version
"My message is like fire or like a hammer that shatters rock, is it not?" declares the LORD.
My message is like a fire that purges dross! It is like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces! I, the LORD, so affirm it!
New Heart English Bible
'Isn't my word like fire?' says the LORD; 'and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?
GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Isn't my word like fire or like a hammer that shatters a rock?" asks the LORD.
JPS Tanakh 1917
Is not My word like as fire? Saith the LORD; And like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?
New American Standard 1977
“Is not My word like fire?” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer which shatters a rock?
Jubilee Bible 2000
Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?
King James 2000 Bible
Is not my word like a fire? says the LORD; and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?
American King James Version
Is not my word like as a fire? said the LORD; and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?
American Standard Version
Is not my word like fire? saith Jehovah; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?
Are not my words as a fire, saith the Lord: and as a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?
Darby Bible Translation
Is not my word like a fire, saith Jehovah; and like a hammer [that] breaketh the rock in pieces?
English Revised Version
Is not my word like as fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?
Webster's Bible Translation
Is not my word like a fire? saith the LORD? and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?
World English Bible
Isn't my word like fire? says Yahweh; and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?
Young's Literal Translation
Is it not thus? My word is as a fire, An affirmation of Jehovah. And as a hammer -- it breaketh in pieces a rock.
Study BibleLying Prophets
…28Let the prophet who has a dream retell it, but let him who has My word speak it truthfully. For what is straw compared to grain? declares the LORD. 29Is not My word like fire, declares the LORD, and like a hammer that smashes a rock?” 30“Therefore behold,” declares the LORD, “I am against the prophets who steal from each other words they attribute to Me.”…
2 Corinthians 10:4
The weapons of our warfare are not the weapons of the world. Instead, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
2 Corinthians 10:5
We tear down arguments, and every presumption set up against the knowledge of God; and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it pierces even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It judges the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Therefore this is what the Lord GOD of Hosts says: "Because you have spoken this word, I will make My words a fire in your mouth and this people the wood it will consume.
If I say, "I will not mention Him or speak any more in His name," His message becomes a fire burning in my heart, shut up in my bones, and I become weary of holding it in, and I cannot prevail.
Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of My mouth, and My judgments go forth like lightning.
Treasury of Scripture
Is not my word like as a fire? said the LORD; and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?
Is not my word like as a fire? . . .--The prophet speaks out of the depths of his own experience. The true prophetic word burns in the heart of a man, and will not be restrained (Jeremiah 5:14; Jeremiah 20:9; Psalm 39:3), and when uttered it consumes the evil, and purifies the good. It will burn up the chaff of the utterances of the false prophets. (Comp. 1Corinthians 3:12-13.) As the hammer breaks the rock, so it shatters the pride and stubbornness of man, is mighty to the pulling down of strongholds (2Corinthians 10:4), and the heart of him who hears it as it should be heard is broken and contrite. What these words paint in the language of poetry, St. Paul describes without imagery in 1Corinthians 14:24-25. (Comp. also Hebrews 4:12.)Verse 29. - Is not my word like as a fire? As in vers. 19, 20, so here, the prophet contrasts the message of the false prophets with that of the true. The former flatter their hearers with promises of peace; the latter speak a stern but potent word, which burns like a fire, and crushes like a hammer. Observe, the prophet does not define the activity of the fire as he does that of the hammer; for the fire has a twofold effect - protection to God's friends and destruction to his enemies. On the figure of the hammer, comp. Jeremiah 1:23; 51:20. Deuteronomy 33:2; like fire, it is quick and piercing, and penetrating into the hearts and consciences of men; and works wrath there, and raises a fearful expectation of fiery indignation; it threatens with everlasting fire; it sentences men to the fire of hell; and the righteous Judge, in the execution of it, will be a consuming fire to wicked men. The Gospel part of the word is like fire, on account of the light the entrance of it gives to sinners; by which they see their own impurity, impotence, and the insufficiency of their own righteousness, and the way of life and salvation by Christ; and by the light of this fire saints are directed in their walk and conversation; and by it immoralities, errors, and superstition, are detected: also on account of the heat of it; it is the means of a vital heat to sinners, the savour of life to them; and is warming and comforting to saints, and causes their hearts to burn within them; it inflames them with love to God, Christ, and one another, and with zeal for truth and the interest of a Redeemer; though it has a scorching and tormenting heat to wicked men, and fills them with burning malice and envy, Revelation 11:5; and, through the corruption of human nature, is the occasion of contention and discord, for which reason Christ calls it fire, Luke 12:49; and indeed it has different effects on different objects, as fire, which hardens some things and softens others; see 2 Corinthians 2:16; moreover, it may be compared to fire for its purifying, separating, and trying nature: as fire purifies gold and silver, and separates the dross, and tries the metal, and shows it what it is; so the Gospel tries men's principles, and discovers what they are, and separates one from another: and also for its consuming nature; it opposes, weakens, and burns up the worst in man, his lusts and corruptions, which it teaches him to deny; and the best in man, all his holiness and righteousness he depended upon; and it burns up the chaff of false doctrine and human inventions before mentioned.
and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? to which the heart of man may be compared, being hardened by sin, confirmed in it; destitute of spiritual life; stupid and senseless; stubborn and inflexible; on which no impressions are made, and is impenitent and inflexible; see Zechariah 7:12; now the word of the Lord, in the hand of the Spirit, is a means of breaking such hard hearts, and taking away the Obduracy and hardness of them; there is a legal contrition of it, through the law part of the word, by which there is a knowledge of sin, and the soul is wounded with a sense of it, and sore broken, but without any view of pardon, righteousness, and salvation by Christ; and there is an evangelical contrition or brokenness of heart, through the Gospel part of the word, by means of which the stony heart is not only broken, but melted and dissolved into true evangelical repentance for sin, through the discoveries of a Saviour bruised and broken for its sin, and through a view of free and full pardon by his blood, and justification by his righteousness. Now the word is only an instrument; it is not the efficient cause of all this; as a hammer is but an instrument, and a passive one, can do nothing of itself; it must be taken up and used by a powerful hand, or it can do no execution; what is a hammer without a hand? so the Gospel is only an instrument in the hand of, he Lord; but when he takes it into his own hand, and strikes with it, it will break the hardest heart in pieces, and make a stony heart a heart of flesh, Ezekiel 36:26.
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