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Sword

Hebrew swords were pointed, sometimes two-edged, was worn in a sheath, and suspended from the girdle (Ex. 32:27; 1 Sam. 31:4; 1 Chr. 21:27; Ps. 149:6: Prov. 5:4; Ezek. 16:40; 21:3-5).

It is a symbol of divine chastisement (Deut. 32:25; Ps. 7:12; 78:62), and of a slanderous tongue (Ps. 57:4; 64:3; Prov. 12:18). The word of God is likened also to a sword (Hebrews 4:12; Eph. 6:17; Rev. 1:16). Gideon's watchword was, “The sword of the Lord” (Judg. 7:20).

Author: Matthew G. Easton.

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