Ezekiel 21:13-15
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וַיְהִי דְבַר יְיָ אֵלַי לֵאמֹר: (יד) בֶּן אָדָם הִנָּבֵא וְאָמַרְתָּ כֹּה אָמַר אֲדֹנָי אֱמֹר חֶרֶב חֶרֶב הוּחַדָּה וְגַם מְרוּטָה: (טו) לְמַעַן טְבֹחַ טֶבַח הוּחַדָּה לְמַעַן הֱיֵה לָהּ בָּרָק מֹרָטָּה אוֹ נָשִׂישׂ שֵׁבֶט בְּנִי מֹאֶסֶת כָּל עֵץ:
The word of Adonai came to me: O mortal, prophesy and say: Thus said Adonai: A sword! A sword has been whetted and polished. It has been whetted to wreak slaughter; [therefore] it has been ground to a brilliant polish. How can we rejoice? My child, it scorns the rod and every stick. [JPS translation, edited for gender neutrality]
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Suggested Discussion Questions:

1. What is the connection between potential violence and celebration?

2. Are there examples of this behavior today?

3. How should one respond in such a situation?

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Time Period: Biblical (early ancestors to 165 BCE)