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Ezekiel 38:17--39:6

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38:17 “‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Are you the one of whom I spoke in former days by my servants 1  the prophets of Israel, who prophesied in those days 2  that I would bring you against them? 38:18 On that day, when Gog invades 3  the land of Israel, declares the sovereign Lord, my rage will mount up in my anger. 38:19 In my zeal, in the fire of my fury, 4  I declare that on that day there will be a great earthquake 5  in the land of Israel. 38:20 The fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the wild beasts, all the things that creep on the ground, and all people who live on the face of the earth will shake 6  at my presence. The mountains will topple, the cliffs 7  will fall, and every wall will fall to the ground. 38:21 I will call for a sword to attack 8  Gog 9  on all my mountains, declares the sovereign Lord; every man’s sword will be against his brother. 38:22 I will judge him with plague and bloodshed. I will rain down on him, his troops and the many peoples who are with him a torrential downpour, hailstones, fire, and brimstone. 38:23 I will exalt and magnify myself; I will reveal myself before many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord.’

39:1 “As for you, son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say: ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Look, I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal! 39:2 I will turn you around and drag you along; 10  I will lead you up from the remotest parts of the north and bring you against the mountains of Israel. 39:3 I will knock your bow out of your left hand and make your arrows fall from your right hand. 39:4 You will fall dead on the mountains of Israel, you and all your troops and the people who are with you. I give you as food to every kind of bird and every wild beast. 39:5 You will fall dead in the open field; for I have spoken, declares the sovereign Lord. 39:6 I will send fire on Magog and those who live securely in the coastlands; then they will know that I am the Lord.

1 tn Heb “by the hand of my servants.”

2 tn The Hebrew text adds “years” here, but this is probably a scribal gloss on the preceding phrase. See L. C. Allen, Ezekiel (WBC), 2:201.

3 tn Heb “goes up against.”

4 sn The phrase “in the fire of my fury” occurs in Ezek 21:31; 22:21, 31.

5 tn Or “shaking.”

6 tn Or “tremble.”

7 tn The term occurs only here and in Song of Songs 2:14.

8 tn Heb “against.”

9 tn Heb “him”; the referent (Gog, cf. v. 18) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

10 tn The Hebrew root occurs only here in the OT. An apparent cognate in the Ethiopic language means “walk along.” For a discussion of the research on this verb, see D. I. Block, Ezekiel (NICOT), 2:460.



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