Because it is a trial, and what if the sword despise even the rod? it shall be no more, says the Lord GOD.
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George Leo Haydock
God. Perhaps you will say it is only a trial: but what will be your sentiments, when you behold the king and his people led away? (Calmet)
Protestants, "Because it is a trial; and what if the sword contemn even the rod? it shall be no more, saith. "(Haydock)