Ezekiel 21:13
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New International Version
"'Testing will surely come. And what if even the scepter, which the sword despises, does not continue? declares the Sovereign LORD.'

King James Bible
Because it is a trial, and what if the sword contemn even the rod? it shall be no more, saith the Lord GOD.

Darby Bible Translation
For the trial [is made]; and what if even the contemning sceptre shall be no [more]? saith the Lord Jehovah.

World English Bible
For there is a trial; and what if even the rod that condemns shall be no more? says the Lord Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
Because it is a trier, And what if even the sceptre it is despising? It shall not be, an affirmation of the Lord Jehovah.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Because it is a trial - This will be a trial of strength and skill between the Chaldeans and the Jews; and a trial of faith and patience to the righteous.

And what if the sword, (Nebuchadnezzar), contemn even the rod? - Overthrow Zedekiah? It will do so; for the regal government of Judea shall be no more. Or, it is tried; that it the sword. Nebuchadnezzar has already shown himself strong and skillful.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Because, etc. or, When the trial hath been, what then? shall they not also belong to the despising rod?

a trial

Job 9:23 If the whip slay suddenly, he will laugh at the trial of the innocent.

2 Corinthians 8:2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded to the riches of their liberality.

contemn

Ezekiel 21:10,25 It is sharpened to make a sore slaughter; it is furbished that it may glitter: should we then make mirth? it scorns the rod of my son...

it shall

Ezekiel 21:27 I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.

Library
Carried Captive into Babylon
In the ninth year of Zedekiah's reign "Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he, and all his host, against Jerusalem," to besiege the city. 2 Kings 25:1. The outlook for Judah was hopeless. "Behold, I am against thee," the Lord Himself declared through Ezekiel. "I the Lord have drawn forth My sword out of his sheath" it shall not return any more. . . . Every heart shall melt, and all hands shall be feeble, and every spirit shall faint, and all knees shall be weak as water." "I will pour out Mine indignation
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

Sundry Sharp Reproofs
This doctrine draws up a charge against several sorts: 1 Those that think themselves good Christians, yet have not learned this art of holy mourning. Luther calls mourning a rare herb'. Men have tears to shed for other things, but have none to spare for their sins. There are many murmurers, but few mourners. Most are like the stony ground which lacked moisture' (Luke 8:6). We have many cry out of hard times, but they are not sensible of hard hearts. Hot and dry is the worst temper of the body. Sure
Thomas Watson—The Beatitudes: An Exposition of Matthew 5:1-12

Cross References
Psalm 10:3
He boasts about the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the LORD.

Ezekiel 21:12
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.

Ezekiel 21:14
"So then, son of man, prophesy and strike your hands together. Let the sword strike twice, even three times. It is a sword for slaughter-- a sword for great slaughter, closing in on them from every side.

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