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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 39

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Third Prophecy against Gog. 1Now, son of man, prophesy against Gog in these words: Thus says the Lord GOD: See! I am coming at you, Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. 2I will turn you about, I will urge you on, and I will make you come up from the recesses of the north; I will lead you against the mountains of Israel. 3Then I will strike the bow from your left hand, and make the arrows drop from your right. 4Upon the mountains of Israel you shall fall, you and all your troops and the peoples who are with you. To birds of prey of every kind and to the wild beasts I am giving you to be eaten. 5On the open field you shall fall, for I have decreed it, says the Lord GOD.

6I will send fire upon Magog and upon those who live securely in the coastlands; thus they shall know that I am the LORD. 7I will make my holy name known among my people Israel; I will no longer allow my holy name to be profaned. Thus the nations shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel. 8Yes, it is coming and shall be fulfilled, says the Lord GOD. This is the day I have decreed.

9Then shall those who live in the cities of Israel go out and burn weapons: [shields and bucklers,] bows and arrows, clubs and lances; for seven years they shall make fires with them. 10They shall not have to bring in wood from the fields or cut it down in the forests, for they shall make fires with the weapons. Thus they shall plunder those who plundered them and pillage those who pillaged them, says the Lord GOD.

11On that day I will give Gog for his tomb a well‐known place in Israel, the Valley of Abarim* east of the sea [it is blocked to travelers]. Gog shall be buried there with all his horde, and it shall be named “Valley of Hamon‐gog.” 12To purify the land, the house of Israel shall need seven months to bury them. 13All the people of the land shall bury them and gain renown for it, when I reveal my glory, says the Lord GOD. 14Men shall be permanently employed to pass through the land burying those who lie unburied, so as to purify the land. For seven months they shall keep searching. 15When they pass through, should they see a human bone, let them put up a marker beside it, until others have buried it in the Valley of Hamon‐gog. 16[Also the name of the city shall be Hamonah.] Thus the land shall be purified.

17As for you, son of man, says the Lord GOD, say to birds of every kind and to all the wild beasts: Come together, from all sides gather for the slaughter I am about to provide for you, a great slaughter on the mountains of Israel: you shall have flesh to eat and blood to drink. 18You shall eat the flesh of warriors and drink the blood of the princes of the land [rams, lambs, and goats, bullocks, fatlings of Bashan, all of them]. 19From the slaughter which I will provide for you, you shall eat fat until you are filled and drink blood until you are drunk. 20You shall be filled at my table with horses and riders, with warriors and soldiers of every kind, says the Lord GOD.

Israel's Return. 21Thus I will display my glory among the nations, and all the nations shall see the judgment I have executed and the hand I have laid upon them. 22From that day forward the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD, their God. 23The nations shall know that because of its sins the house of Israel went into exile; for they transgressed against me, and I hid my face from them and handed them over to their foes, so that all of them fell by the sword. 24According to their uncleanness and their transgressions I dealt with them, hiding my face from them.

25Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD: Now I will restore the fortunes of Jacob and have pity on the whole house of Israel, and I will be jealous for my holy name. 26They shall forget their disgrace and all the times they broke faith with me, when they live in security on their land with no one to frighten them. 27When I bring them back from among the peoples, I will gather them from the lands of their enemies, and will prove my holiness through them in the sight of many nations. 28 v Ez 36, 23 . Thus they shall know that I, the LORD, am their God, since I who exiled them among the nations, will gather them back on their land, not leaving any of them behind. 29No longer will I hide my face from them, for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, says the Lord GOD.

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v: Ez 36, 23 .

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