Bible ~~- Older Testament ~~- Ezekiel ~~- chapter 21 of 48 (32 verses.)

Ezekiel 21:13Wrench


[Judea's weak king] is being tested.
If the stick rejects [the authority of the sword], the [stick] vanishes to nothing,ā€
warns Adonai YHVH.

Usurpance / Abuse Of Authority

Note: Every bookstore translation makes nonsense out of this verse.
The idea is that while the prophet quotes this verse, he hacks a stick to bits with a sword.

Other English Bible translations of Ezekiel 21:13:

Complete Jewish Bible (Sacred Name Version)CJB-SNThe word of Adonai came to me:
New International Version (Sacred Name)NIV-SR''Testing will surely come. And what if the scepter of Judah, which the sword despises, does not continue? declares the Sovereign YHVH.'
New International Readers Version (Sacred Name)NIRV-SN'You can be sure that testing will come. Why does the sword look down on the rod? Because the rod will not continue to rule,' announces the Adonai and King.
New Living Translation (Sacred Name Version)NLT-SNIt will put them all to the test! So now the Sovereign YHVH asks: What chance do they have?
New Revised Standard (Sacred Name Edition)NRSV-SNFor consider: What! If you despise the rod, will it not happen? says the Adonai Elohim.
The Message (Sacred Name Version)MSG-SN''Testing comes. Why have you despised discipline? You can't get around it. Decree of YHVH, the Master.'
Good News Translation (Sacred Name)GNT-SNI am testing my people, and if they refuse to repent, all these things will happen to them.
New American Standard (Sacred Name Bible)NASB-SN'For there is a testing; and what if even the rod which despises will be no more?' declares the Adonai YHVH.
King James Version (unedited)KJVBecause it is a trial, and what if the sword contemn even the rod? it shall be no more, saith the Lord GOD.