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Ezekiel 39:1-29

39*  “And for your part, man, prophesy about Gog and say ‘Says the Lord Jehovah, Have at you, Gog, head prince of Moshc and Tubal! 2*  I will turn you round and chase you out and bring you up from the recesses of the north, and bring you on the highlands of Israel, 3  and knock your bow out of your left hand and make your arrows drop out of your right hand; 4*  on the highlands of Israel you shall fall, you and all your squadrons, and peoples that you have with you; to carrion-eating birds of every sort and to the wild beasts I gave you for food. 5  On the open range you shall fall, because it is I who speak, quoth the Lord Jehovah. 6  And I will send fire into Magog and among those who live unafraid on the foreign coasts, and they shall know that I am Jehovah. 7  And I will make my hallowed name conspicuous in the midst of my people Israel, and will not again incur the profanation of my hallowed name; and the nations shall know that I, Jehovah, am a Holy One in Israel. 8  Here it comes and is to be, quoth the Lord Jehovah; it is the day I spoke of. 9*  And the inhabitants of the cities of Israel will come out and make fires, and heat with arms and shield and buckler, with bows and with arrows and with handstick and with lance; 10  and they shall make fires with them seven years. And they will not carry in wood from the range nor cut it from the badlands, because they will be making fires with the arms; and they will despoil their despoilers and plunder their plunderers, quoth the Lord Jehovah. 11****  “‘And on that day I will give Gog a place there, a grave in Israel, Crossers’ Valley, east of the Sea; and they shall block Crossers’ Valley and bury Gog and all his host there and call it Gog’s Host Valley; 12  and the house of Israel shall be burying them, in order to cleanse the country, seven months; 13  and all the populace shall do the burying, and have it as an honor, on the day when I manifest my glory, quoth the Lord Jehovah. 14  And they shall set apart men to make a business of it, traversing the country burying those that are left on the surface of the country, to cleanse it; at the end of seven months they shall make the search, 15  and the traversers shall traverse the country, and one seeing a human bone shall build a cairn beside it till the buriers bury it in Gog’s Host Valley— 16**  and there will also be a city Hamonah there; and they shall cleanse the country,’ 17*  “And for your part, man, this is what the Lord Jehovah says: Say to birds of every sort and to all wild beasts ‘Gather and come, in with you from every side to my barbecue that I am killing for you, a great barbecue on Israel’s highlands, and eat flesh and drink blood: 18  flesh of champions you shall eat and blood of the earth’s princes you shall drink: rams, lambs, and he-goats, steers, all of them stall-fed stock from Bashan, 19  and you shall eat your fill of fat and drink yourselves tipsy with blood out of my barbecue that I have killed for you, 20*  and at my table you shall have your fill of pony and rider, champion and every man of war, quoth the Lord Jehovah.’ 21  And I will put my glory among the nations, and all the nations shall see my justice that I have executed and my hand that I have laid upon them; 22  and the house of Israel shall know that I am their God Jehovah from that day on. 23  And the nations shall know that it was for their guilt the house of Israel were deported, inasmuch as they had been unfaithful to me and I had veiled my face from them and given them into the hands of their foes and they all fell by the sword; 24  I treated them as was appropriate to their uncleannesses and their crimes, and veiled my face from them. 25*  “So the Lord Jehovah says, Now I will bring back Jacob and show tenderness toward all the house of Israel, and be jealous for my hallowed name. 26  And they shall forget their humiliations and all the unfaithfulness they have committed against me when they live on their own soil in security and have no one to alarm them, 27*  when I bring them back out of the peoples and gather them out of their enemies’ countries and show my sanctity in their case before the eyes of many nations; 28  and they shall know that I am their God Jehovah by my having had them deported to the nations and my collecting them on their own soil and not letting any of them be left there any longer; 29  and I will not veil my face from them again, forasmuch as I have poured out my spirit on the house of Israel, quoth the Lord Jehovah.”

Footnotes

39:1 Or the prince of Rosh, Moshc, and
39:2 (chase you out) Unc.
39:4 Lit. of every wing
39:9 Var. and make fires with arms
39:11 Var.* a name-place, a
39:11 (twice) Or Traversers’ Valley Var.* the valley across the river
39:11 (block) Lit. muzzle
39:11 Var. the Sea (and it muzzles the crossers [or traversers or passersby]), and they shall bury Var. the Sea; and they shall dam off the valley and bury
39:16 Hamonah seems to mean Hosty
39:16 Var.* and Hamonah is (or will be) also the name of a city
39:17 (twice) and 19 (barbecue) Lit. sacrifice
39:20 Var.* pony and chariot
39:25 Or restore Jacob
39:27 Var. of the nations