The destruction of Jerusalem by the sword is further described: the ruin also of the Ammonites is foreshewn. And finally Babylon, the destroyer of others, shall be destroyed.
1 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying:
Et factus est sermo Domini ad me, dicens :
2 Son of man, set thy face toward Jerusalem, and let thy speech flow towards the holy places, and prophesy against the land of Israel:
Fili hominis, pone faciem tuam ad Jerusalem, et stilla ad sanctuaria, et propheta contra humum Israel.
3 And say to the land of Israel: Thus saith the Lord God: Behold I come against thee, and I will draw forth my sword out of its sheath, and will cut off in thee the just, and the wicked.
Et dices terrae Israel : Haec dicit Dominus Deus : Ecce ego ad te, et ejiciam gladium meum de vagina sua, et occidam in te justum et impium.
4 And forasmuch as I have cut off in thee the just, and the wicked, therefore shall my sword go forth out of its sheath against all flesh, from the south even to the north.
Pro eo autem quod occidi in te justum et impium, idcirco egredietur gladius meus de vagina sua ad omnem carnem, ab austro usque ad aquilonem :
5 That all flesh may know that I the Lord have drawn my sword out of its sheath not to be turned back.
ut sciat omnis caro quia ego Dominus, eduxi gladium meum de vagina sua irrevocabilem.
6 And thou, son of man, mourn with the breaking of thy loins, and with bitterness sigh before them.
Et tu, fili hominis, ingemisce in contritione lumborum, et in amaritudinibus ingemisce coram eis.
7 And when they shall say to thee: Why mournest thou? thou shalt say: For that which I hear: because it cometh, and every heart shall melt, and all hands shall be made feeble, and every spirit shall faint, and water shall run down every knee: behold it cometh, and it shall be done, saith the Lord God.
Cumque dixerint ad te : Quare tu gemis? dices : Pro auditu : quia venit, et tabescet omnis cor, et dissolventur universae manus, et infirmabitur omnis spiritus, et per cuncta genua fluent aquae : ecce venit, et fiet, ait Dominus Deus.
8 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying:
Et factus est sermo Domini ad me, dicens :
9 Son of man, prophesy, and say: Thus saith the Lord God: Say: The sword, the sword is sharpened, and furbished.
Fili hominis, propheta, et dices : Haec dicit Dominus Deus : loquere : Gladius, gladius exacutus est, et limatus :
10 It is sharpened to kill victims: it is furbished that it may glitter: thou removest the sceptre of my son, thou hast cut down every tree.
ut caedat victimas, exacutus est : ut splendeat, limatus est : qui moves sceptrum filii mei, succidisti omne lignum.
11 And I have given it to be furbished, that it may be handled: this sword is sharpened, and it is furbished, that it may be in the hand of the slayer.
Et dedi eum ad levigandum, ut teneatur manu : iste exacutus est gladius, et iste limatus est, ut sit in manu interficientis.
12 Cry, and howl, O son of man, for this sword is upon my people, it is upon all the princes of Israel, that are fled: they are delivered up to the sword with my people, strike therefore upon thy thigh,
Clama, et ulula, fili hominis, quia hic factus est in populo meo, hic in cunctis ducibus Israel qui fugerant : gladio traditi sunt cum populo meo : idcirco plaude super femur,
13 Because it is tried: and that when it shall overthrow the sceptre, and it shall not be, saith the Lord God.
quia probatus est : et hoc, cum sceptrum subverterit, et non erit, dicit Dominus Deus.
14 Thou therefore, O son of man, prophesy, and strike thy hands together, and let the sword be doubled, and let the sword of the slain be tripled: this is the sword of a great slaughter, that maketh them stand amazed,
Tu ergo, fili hominis, propheta, et percute manu ad manum : et duplicetur gladius, ac triplicetur gladius interfectorum : hic est gladius occisionis magnae, qui obstupescere eos facit,
15 And languish in heart, and that multiplieth ruins. In all their gates I have set the dread of the sharp sword, the sword that is furbished to glitter, that is made ready for slaughter.
et corde tabescere, et multiplicat ruinas. In omnibus portis eorum dedi conturbationem gladii acuti, et limati ad fulgendum, amicti ad caedem.
16 Be thou sharpened, go to the right hand, or to the left, which way soever thou hast a mind to set thy face.
Exacuere, vade ad dexteram, sive ad sinistram, quocumque faciei tuae est appetitus.
17 And I will clap my hands together, and will satisfy my indignation: I the Lord have spoken.
Quin et ego plaudam manu ad manum, et implebo indignationem meam : ego Dominus locutus sum.
18 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying:
Et factus est sermo Domini ad me, dicens :
19 And thou son of man, set thee two ways, for the sword of the king of Babylon to come: both shall come forth out of one land: and with his hand he shall draw lots, he shall consult at the head of the way of the city.
Et tu, fili hominis, pone tibi duas vias, ut veniat gladius regis Babylonis : de terra una egredientur ambae : et manu capiet conjecturam; in capite viae civitatis conjiciet.
20 Thou shalt make a way that the sword may come to Rabbath of the children of Ammon, and to Juda unto Jerusalem the strong city.
Viam pones ut veniat gladius ad Rabbath filiorum Ammon, et ad Judam in Jerusalem munitissimam.
21 For the king of Babylon stood in the highway, at the head of two ways, seeking divination, shuffling arrows: he inquired of the idols, and consulted entrails.
Stetit enim rex Babylonis in bivio, in capite duarum viarum, divinationem quaerens, commiscens sagittas : interrogavit idola, exta consuluit.
22 On his right hand was the divination for Jerusalem, to set battering rams, to open the mouth in slaughter, to lift up the voice in howling, to set engines against the gates, to cast up a mount, to build forts.
Ad dexteram ejus facta est divinatio super Jerusalem, ut ponat arietes, ut aperiat os in caede, ut elevet vocem in ululatu, ut ponat arietes contra portas, ut comportet aggerem, ut aedificet munitiones.
23 And he shall be in their eyes as one consulting the oracle in vain, and imitating the leisure of sabbaths: but he will call to remembrance the iniquity that they may be taken.
Eritque quasi consulens frustra oraculum in oculis eorum, et sabbatorum otium imitans : ipse autem recordabitur iniquitatis ad capiendum.
24 Therefore thus saith the Lord God: Because you have remembered your iniquity, and have discovered your prevarications, and your sins have appeared in all your devices: because, I say, you have remembered, you shall be taken with the hand.
Idcirco haec dicit Dominus Deus : Pro eo quod recordati estis iniquitatis vestrae, et revelastis praevaricationes vestras, et apparuerunt peccata vestra in omnibus cogitationibus vestris, pro eo, inquam, quod recordati estis, manu capiemini.
25 But thou profane wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come that hath been appointed in the time of iniquity:
Tu autem, profane, impie dux Israel, cujus venit dies in tempore iniquitatis praefinita :
26 Thus saith the Lord God: Remove the diadem, take off the crown: is it not this that hath exalted the low one, and brought down him that was high?
haec dicit Dominus Deus : Aufer cidarim, tolle coronam : nonne haec est quae humilem sublevavit, et sublimem humiliavit?
27 I will shew it to be iniquity, iniquity, iniquity: but this was not done till he came to whom judgment belongeth, and I will give it him.
Iniquitatem, iniquitatem, iniquitatem ponam eam : et hoc non factum est, donec veniret cujus est judicium, et tradam ei.
28 And thou son of man, prophesy, and say: Thus saith the Lord God concerning the children of Ammon, and concerning their reproach, and thou shalt say: O sword, O sword, come out of the scabbard to kill, be furbished to destroy, and to glitter,
Et tu, fili hominis, propheta, et dic : Haec dicit Dominus Deus ad filios Ammon, et ad opprobrium eorum : et dices : Mucro, mucro, evagina te ad occidendum : lima te ut interficias et fulgeas :
29 Whilst they see vain things in thy regard, and they divine lies: to bring thee upon the necks of the wicked that are wounded, whose appointed day is come in the time of iniquity.
cum tibi viderentur vana, et divinarentur mendacia, ut dareris super colla vulneratorum impiorum, quorum venit dies in tempore iniquitatis praefinita.
30 Return into thy sheath. I will judge thee in the place wherein thou wast created, in the land of thy nativity.
Revertere ad vaginam tuam, in loco in quo creatus es : in terra nativitatis tuae judicabo te.
31 And I will pour out upon thee my indignation: in the fire of my rage will I blow upon thee, and will give thee into the hands of men that are brutish and contrive thy destruction.
Et effundam super te indignationem meam, in igne furoris mei sufflabo in te, daboque te in manus hominum insipientium, et fabricantium interitum.
32 Thou shalt be fuel for the fire, thy blood shall be in the midst of the land, thou shalt be forgotten: for I the Lord have spoken it.
Igni eris cibus; sanguis tuus erit in medio terrae; oblivioni traderis : quia ego Dominus locutus sum.