The Defeat of Gog

38 The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, face Gog, of the land of Magog,(A) the chief prince of[a] Meshech and Tubal.(B) Prophesy against him and say, ‘This is what the Lord God says: Look, I am against you, Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws,(C) and bring you out with all your army, including horses and riders,(D) who are all splendidly dressed, a huge assembly armed with large and small shields, all of them brandishing swords. Persia,(E) Cush, and Put are with them, all of them with shields and helmets; Gomer(F) with all its troops; and Beth-togarmah(G) from the remotest parts of the north along with all its troops—many peoples are with you.

“‘Be prepared and get yourself ready, you and your whole assembly that has been mobilized around you; you will be their guard. After a long time you will be summoned. In the last years you will enter a land that has been restored from war[b] and regathered from many peoples to the mountains of Israel, which had long been a ruin.(H) They were brought out from the peoples, and all of them now live securely. You, all of your troops, and many peoples with you will advance, coming like a thunderstorm; you will be like a cloud covering the land.

10 “‘This is what the Lord God says: On that day, thoughts will arise in your mind, and you will devise an evil plan. 11 You will say, “I will advance against a land of open villages; I will come against a tranquil people who are living securely,(I) all of them living without walls and without bars or gates”(J) 12 in order to seize spoil and carry off plunder,(K) to turn your hand against ruins now inhabited and against a people gathered from the nations, who have been acquiring cattle and possessions and who live at the center of the world. 13 Sheba(L) and Dedan(M) and the merchants of Tarshish(N) with all its rulers[c] will ask you, “Have you come to seize spoil? Have you mobilized your assembly to carry off plunder, to make off with silver and gold, to take cattle and possessions, to seize plenty of spoil?”’

14 “Therefore prophesy, son of man, and say to Gog, ‘This is what the Lord God says: On that day when my people Israel are dwelling securely,(O) will you not know this 15 and come from your place in the remotest parts of the north(P)—you and many peoples with you, who are all riding horses—a huge assembly, a powerful army? 16 You will advance against my people Israel like a cloud covering the land. It will happen in the last days, Gog, that I will bring you against my land so that the nations may know me, when I show myself holy through you in their sight.(Q)

17 “‘This is what the Lord God says: Are you the one I spoke about in former times through my servants, the prophets of Israel, who for years prophesied in those times that I would bring you against them? 18 Now on that day, the day when Gog comes against the land of Israel—this is the declaration of the Lord God—my wrath will flare up.[d] 19 I swear in my zeal and fiery rage:(R) On that day there will be a great earthquake in the land of Israel. 20 The fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the animals of the field, every creature that crawls on the ground, and every human being on the face of the earth will tremble before me. The mountains will be demolished, the cliffs will collapse, and every wall will fall to the ground. 21 I will call for a sword against him on all my mountains—this is the declaration of the Lord God—and every man’s sword will be against his brother.(S) 22 I will execute judgment on him with plague and bloodshed. I will pour out torrential rain, hailstones, fire, and burning sulfur on him, as well as his troops and the many peoples who are with him.(T) 23 I will display my greatness and holiness, and will reveal myself in the sight of many nations.(U) Then they will know that I am the Lord.’

The Disposal of Gog

39 “As for you, son of man, prophesy against Gog and say, ‘This is what the Lord God says: Look, I am against you, Gog, chief prince of[e] Meshech and Tubal.(V) I will turn you around, drive you on,(W) and lead you up from the remotest parts of the north. I will bring you against the mountains of Israel. Then I will knock your bow from your left hand and make your arrows drop from your right hand. You, all your troops, and the peoples who are with you will fall on the mountains of Israel. I will give you as food to every kind of predatory bird and to the wild animals. You will fall on the open field,(X) for I have spoken. This is the declaration of the Lord God.

“‘I will send fire against Magog(Y) and those who live securely on the coasts and islands. Then they will know that I am the Lord. So I will make my holy name known among my people Israel and will no longer allow it to be profaned. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel.(Z) Yes, it is coming, and it will happen. This is the declaration of the Lord God. This is the day I have spoken about.

“‘Then the inhabitants of Israel’s cities will go out, kindle fires, and burn the weapons—the small and large shields, the bows and arrows, the clubs and spears. For seven years they will use them to make fires. 10 They will not gather wood from the countryside or cut it down from the forests, for they will use the weapons to make fires. They will take the loot from those who looted them and plunder those who plundered them.(AA) This is the declaration of the Lord God.

11 “‘Now on that day I will give Gog a burial place there in Israel—the Travelers’ Valley[f] east of the Sea. It will block those who travel through, for Gog and all his hordes will be buried there. So it will be called Hordes of Gog[g] Valley. 12 The house of Israel will spend seven months burying them in order to cleanse the land.(AB) 13 All the people of the land will bury them and their fame will spread(AC) on the day I display my glory.(AD) This is the declaration of the Lord God.

14 “‘They will appoint men on a full-time basis to pass through the land and bury the invaders[h] who remain on the surface of the ground, in order to cleanse it. They will make their search at the end of the seven months. 15 When they pass through the land and one of them sees a human bone, he will set up a marker next to it until the buriers have buried it in Hordes of Gog Valley. 16 There will even be a city named Hamonah[i] there. So they will cleanse the land.’

17 “Son of man, this is what the Lord God says: Tell every kind of bird and all the wild animals, ‘Assemble and come! Gather from all around to my sacrificial feast that I am slaughtering for you, a great feast on the mountains of Israel;(AE) you will eat flesh and drink blood. 18 You will eat the flesh of mighty men and drink the blood of the earth’s princes: rams, lambs, male goats, and all the fattened bulls of Bashan. 19 You will eat fat until you are satisfied(AF) and drink blood until you are drunk, at my sacrificial feast that I have prepared for you. 20 At my table you will eat your fill of horses and riders, of mighty men and all the warriors. This is the declaration of the Lord God.’

Israel’s Restoration to God

21 “I will display my glory among the nations,(AG) and all the nations will see the judgment I have executed and the hand I have laid on them. 22 From that day forward the house of Israel will know that I am the Lord their God. 23 And the nations will know that the house of Israel went into exile on account of their iniquity, because they dealt unfaithfully with me.(AH) Therefore, I hid my face from them and handed them over to their enemies, so that they all fell by the sword. 24 I dealt with them according to their uncleanness and transgressions, and I hid my face from them.

25 “So this is what the Lord God says: Now I will restore the fortunes of Jacob(AI) and have compassion on the whole house of Israel,(AJ) and I will be jealous for my holy name. 26 They will feel remorse for[j][k] their disgrace(AK) and all the unfaithfulness they committed against me, when they live securely in their land with no one to frighten them. 27 When I bring them back from the peoples and gather them from the countries of their enemies, I will demonstrate my holiness through them in the sight of many nations.(AL) 28 They will know that I am the Lord their God when I regather them to their own land after having exiled them among the nations. I will leave none of them behind.[l] 29 I will no longer hide my face from them, for I will pour out my Spirit on the house of Israel.”(AM) This is the declaration of the Lord God.

Footnotes

  1. 38:2 Or the prince of Rosh,
  2. 38:8 Lit from the sword
  3. 38:13 Lit young lions, or villages
  4. 38:18 Lit up in my anger
  5. 39:1 Or Gog, prince of Rosh,
  6. 39:11 Hb obscure
  7. 39:11 = Hamon-gog, also in v. 15
  8. 39:14 Or basis, some to pass through the land, and with them some to bury those
  9. 39:16 In Hb, Hamonah is related to the word “horde.”
  10. 39:26 Some emend to will forget
  11. 39:26 Lit will bear
  12. 39:28 Lit behind there any longer

11 The Lord makes his voice heard(A)
in the presence of his army.(B)
His camp is very large;
those who carry out his command are powerful.(C)
Indeed, the day of the Lord is terrible and dreadful(D)
who can endure it?(E)

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I will gather all the nations(A)
and take them to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.[a](B)
I will enter into judgment with them there(C)
because of my people, my inheritance Israel.
The nations have scattered the Israelites
in foreign countries(D)
and divided up my land.(E)

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Footnotes

  1. 3:2 = The Lord Will Judge

I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem for battle.(A) The city will be captured, the houses looted, and the women raped. Half the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be removed from the city.

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The Rider on a White Horse

11 Then I saw heaven opened,(A) and there was a white horse. Its rider is called Faithful and True,(B) and he judges and makes war with justice.(C) 12 His eyes were like a fiery flame,(D) and many crowns[a] were on his head.(E) He had a name written that no one knows except himself.(F) 13 He wore a robe dipped in blood,(G) and his name is called the Word of God.(H) 14 The armies that were in heaven followed him on white horses, wearing pure white linen. 15 A sharp[b] sword(I) came from his mouth, so that he might strike the nations with it.(J) He will rule[c] them with an iron rod.(K) He will also trample the winepress of the fierce anger of God,(L) the Almighty. 16 And he has a name written on his robe and on his thigh: King of Kings and Lord of Lords.(M)

The Beast and Its Armies Defeated

17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he called out in a loud voice, saying to all the birds flying high overhead, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God, 18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of military commanders, the flesh of the mighty, the flesh of horses and of their riders, and the flesh of everyone, both free and slave, small and great.”(N)

19 Then I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies(O) gathered together to wage war(P) against the rider on the horse and against his army. 20 But the beast was taken prisoner, and along with it the false prophet, who had performed the signs in its presence. He deceived those who accepted the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image with these signs.(Q) Both of them were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur.(R) 21 The rest were killed with the sword that came from the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds ate their fill of their flesh.

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Footnotes

  1. 19:12 Or diadems
  2. 19:15 Other mss add double-edged
  3. 19:15 Or shepherd

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