New Living Translation
"Now return the sword to its sheath, for in your own country, the land of your birth, I will pass judgment upon you.
King James Bible
Shall I cause it to return into his sheath? I will judge thee in the place where thou wast created, in the land of thy nativity.
Darby Bible Translation
Restore it to its sheath. I will judge thee in the place where thou wast created, in the land of thy birth.
World English Bible
Cause it to return into its sheath. In the place where you were created, in the land of your birth, will I judge you.
Young's Literal Translation
Turn it back unto its scabbard, In the place where thou wast produced, In the land of thy birth I do judge thee.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
21:30 Shall I cause it - God will by no means suffer the sword to be sheathed. Judge thee - Condemn, and execute.
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, O sword of the LORD, when will you be at rest again? Go back into your sheath; rest and be still.
"But how can it be still when the LORD has sent it on a mission? For the city of Ashkelon and the people living along the sea must be destroyed."
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.'
And I will turn the city of Rabbah into a pasture for camels, and all the land of the Ammonites into a resting place for sheep and goats. Then you will know that I am the LORD.
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