Ezekiel 21:16
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.

Berean Study Bible
Slash to the right; set your blade to the left—wherever your blade 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.

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

Contemporary English Version
It will slash right and left, wherever the blade is pointed.

Good News Translation
Cut to the right and the left, you sharp sword! Cut wherever you turn.

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And do thou go on, sharpen thyself on the right and on the left whithersoever thy face may set itself.

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 LORD's Sword of Judgment
15So that their hearts may melt and many may stumble, I have appointed at all their gates a sword for slaughter. Yes, it is ready to flash like lightning; it is drawn for slaughter. 16Slash to the right; set your blade to the left— wherever your blade is directed. 17I too will strike My hands together, and I will satisfy My wrath.’ I, the LORD, have spoken.”…
Cross References
Ezekiel 21:15
So that their hearts may melt and many may stumble, I have appointed at all their gates a sword for slaughter. Yes, it is ready to flash like lightning; it is drawn for slaughter.

Ezekiel 21:17
I too will strike My hands together, and I will satisfy 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 thee the righteous and the wicked, therefore shall my sword go forth out of his sheath against all flesh from the south to the north: …

Ezekiel 14:17
Or if I bring a sword upon that land, and say, Sword, go through the land; so that I cut off man and beast from it:

Ezekiel 16:46
And thine elder sister is Samaria, she and her daughters that dwell at thy left hand: and thy younger sister, that dwelleth at thy right hand, is Sodom and her daughters.

either

Genesis 13:9
Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.

or on the left.







Lexicon
Slash
הִתְאַחֲדִ֥י (hiṯ·’a·ḥă·ḏî)
Verb - Hitpael - Imperative - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 258: Go one way or other

to the right;
הֵימִ֖נִי (hê·mi·nî)
Verb - Hifil - Imperative - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3231: To go to or choose the right, to use the right hand

set your blade
הָשִׂ֣ימִי (hā·śî·mî)
Verb - Hifil - Imperative - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7760: Put -- to put, place, set

to the left—
הַשְׂמִ֑ילִי (haś·mî·lî)
Verb - Hifil - Imperative - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8041: To use the left hand, pass in that direction)

wherever
אָ֖נָה (’ā·nāh)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 575: Where?, whither?, when?, hither and thither

your blade
פָּנַ֥יִךְ (pā·na·yiḵ)
Noun - masculine plural construct | second person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face

is directed.
מֻעָדֽוֹת׃ (mu·‘ā·ḏō·wṯ)
Verb - Hofal - Participle - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3259: To fix upon, to meet, to summon, to direct, to engage
(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. 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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