A close-range weapon composed of a metal blade, which was usually bronze or iron in the biblical period, and a wood or bone handle (Judg 3:22). The sword is distinguished from the dagger on the basis of length; the former designation is normally applied to weapons over one foot long. Depending upon its function (i.e., slashing or stabbing), the blade was single- or double-edged (Judg 3:16; Ps 149:6), curved or straight, pointed or blunt. In addition to literal weapons used by humans, the Bible mentions a “flaming sword” guarding the Garden of Eden in Gen. 3:24 and a sword of judgment in (Rev 19:21). A sword may also symbolize aggression (Jer 2:30; Matt 26:52), disharmony (2Sam 2:26; Matt 10:34), deceit (Ps 55:21), divine assistance (Ezek 30:21-25), God’s word (Eph 6:17; Heb 4:12), and divine wrath (Isa 34:5-6; Jer 50:35-37; Ezek 21:9-20; Hos 11:6). Highly figurative are the book of Revelation’s references to the sword of judgment that protrudes from the Lord’s mouth, a probable reference to the power of his words of judgment (Rev 1:16, Rev 2:12, Rev 2:16, Rev 19:15, Rev 19:21). 2). Transcending all uses stands the hope that an age of peace will eventually eliminate the need for swords (Isa 2:4; Mic 4:3; but see Joel 3:10, where this situation is reversed).

Judg 3:22

22the hilt also went in after the blade, and the fat closed over the blade, for he did not draw the sword out of his belly; and the dirt came out.

Judg 3:16

16Ehud made for himself a sword with two edges, a cubit in length; and he fastened it on his right thigh under his clothes.

Ps 149:6

6Let the high praises of God be in their throats
and two-edged swords in their hands,

Rev 19:21

21And the rest were killed by the sword of the rider on the horse, the sword that came from his mouth; and all the birds were gorged with their flesh.

Jer 2:30

30In vain I have struck down your children;
they accepted no correction.
Your own sword devoured your prophets
like a ravening lion.

Matt 26:52

52Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.

2Sam 2:26

26Then Abner called to Joab, “Is the sword to keep devouring forever? Do you not know that the end will be bitter? How long will it be before you order your peo ... View more

Matt 10:34

Not Peace, but a Sword
34“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.

Ps 55:21

21with speech smoother than butter,
but with a heart set on war;
with words that were softer than oil,
but in fact were drawn swords.

Ezek 30:21-25

21Mortal, I have broken the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt; it has not been bound up for healing or wrapped with a bandage, so that it may become strong to wield ... View more

Eph 6:17

17Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Heb 4:12

12Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to ... View more

Isa 34:5-6

5When my sword has drunk its fill in the heavens,
lo, it will descend upon Edom,
upon the people I have doomed to judgment.6The Lord has a sword; it is sated wi ... View more

Jer 50:35-37

35A sword against the Chaldeans, says the Lord,
and against the inhabitants of Babylon,
and against her officials and her sages!36A sword against the diviners,
... View more

Ezek 21:9-20

9Mortal, prophesy and say: Thus says the Lord; Say:
A sword, a sword is sharpened,
it is also polished;10It is sharpened for slaughter,
honed to flash like ligh ... View more

Hos 11:6

6The sword rages in their cities,
it consumes their oracle-priests,
and devours because of their schemes.

Rev 1:16

16In his right hand he held seven stars, and from his mouth came a sharp, two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining with full force.

Rev 2:12

The Message to Pergamum
12“And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: These are the words of him who has the sharp two-edged sword:

Rev 2:16

16Repent then. If not, I will come to you soon and make war against them with the sword of my mouth.

Rev 19:15

15From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron; he will tread the wine press of the fury o ... View more

Rev 19:21

21And the rest were killed by the sword of the rider on the horse, the sword that came from his mouth; and all the birds were gorged with their flesh.

Isa 2:4

4He shall judge between the nations,
and shall arbitrate for many peoples;
they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks;
na ... View more

Mic 4:3

3He shall judge between many peoples,
and shall arbitrate between strong nations far away;
they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into p ... View more

Joel 3:10

10Beat your plowshares into swords,
and your pruning hooks into spears;
let the weakling say, “I am a warrior.”

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