New Living Translation
Everyone in the world will know that I am the LORD. My sword is in my hand, and it will not return to its sheath until its work is finished.'
King James Bible
That all flesh may know that I the LORD have drawn forth my sword out of his sheath: it shall not return any more.
Darby Bible Translation
and all flesh shall know that I Jehovah have drawn forth my sword out of its sheath: it shall not return any more.
World English Bible
and all flesh shall know that I, Yahweh, have drawn forth my sword out of its sheath; it shall not return any more.
Young's Literal Translation
And known have all flesh that I, Jehovah, Have brought out My sword from its scabbard, It doth not turn back any more.
Ezekiel 21:5 Parallel
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
21:5 Shall not return - It shall not return into the scabbard 'till it hath done full execution.
To a modern taste, Ezekiel does not appeal anything like so powerfully as Isaiah or Jeremiah. He has neither the majesty of the one nor the tenderness and passion of the other. There is much in him that is fantastic, and much that is ritualistic. His imaginations border sometimes on the grotesque and sometimes on the mechanical. Yet he is a historical figure of the first importance; it was very largely from him that Judaism received the ecclesiastical impulse by which for centuries it was powerfully …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
Now I raise my hand to heaven and declare, "As surely as I live,
1 Samuel 3:12
I am going to carry out all my threats against Eli and his family, from beginning to end.
The anger of the LORD will not diminish until it has finished all he has planned. In the days to come you will understand all this very clearly.
Then the LORD said to me, "Now tell them, 'This is what the LORD of Heaven's Armies, the God of Israel, says: Drink from this cup of my anger. Get drunk and vomit; fall to rise no more, for I am sending terrible wars against you.'
"Son of man, groan before the people! Groan before them with bitter anguish and a broken heart.
"Now return the sword to its sheath, for in your own country, the land of your birth, I will pass judgment upon you.
Why are you scheming against the LORD? He will destroy you with one blow; he won't need to strike twice!
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