Ezekiel 38

1The word of the Lord came to me. He said, 2“Son of man, look toward Gog in the land of Magog. He is the most important leader of the nations of Meshech and Tubal. Speak for me against Gog. 3Tell him that the Lord and Master says these things, 'Gog, you are the most important leader of the nations of Meshech and Tubal! But I am against you. 4I will capture you and bring you back. I will bring back all the men in your army. I will bring back all the horses and horse soldiers. I will put hooks in your mouths, and I will bring all of you back. All of the soldiers will be wearing their uniforms with all their shields and swords. 5Soldiers from Persia, Ethiopia, and Put will be with them. They will all be wearing their shields and helmets. 6There will also be Gomer with all his groups of soldiers. And there will be the nation of Togarmah from the far north with all its groups of soldiers. There will be many, many people in that parade of prisoners. 7“'Be prepared. Yes, prepare yourself and the armies that have joined with you. You must watch and be ready. 8After a long time you will be called for duty. In the later years you will come into the land that has been healed from war. The people in that land were gathered from many nations and brought back to the mountains of Israel. In the past, the mountains of Israel had been destroyed again and again. But these people will have come back from those other nations. They all will have lived in safety. 9But you will come to attack them. You will come like a storm. You will come like a thundercloud covering the land. You and all your groups of soldiers from many nations will come to attack these people.’” 10The Lord my Master says these things: “At that time, an idea will come into your mind. You will begin to make an evil plan. 11You will say, 'I will go attack that country that has towns without walls ˻(Israel)˼. Those people live in peace. They think they are safe. There are not any walls around the cities to protect them. They don’t have any locks on their gates—they don’t even have gates! 12I will defeat those people and take all their valuable things away from them. I will fight against the places that were destroyed but now have people living in them. I will fight against those people ˻(Israel)˼ that were gathered from the nations. Now those people have cattle and property. They live at the crossroads of the world—˻The powerful countries must travel through that place to get to all the other powerful countries˼.’ 13“Sheba, Dedan, and the businessmen of Tarshish, and all the cities they trade with will ask you, 'Did you come to capture valuable things? Did you bring your groups of soldiers together to grab those good things and to carry away silver, gold, cattle, and property. Did you come to take all those valuable things?’” 14˻God said,˼ “Son of man, speak to Gog for me. Tell him that the Lord and Master says these things: 'You will come to attack my people while they are living in peace and safety. 15You will come from your place out of the far north. And you will bring many people with you. All of them will ride on horses. You will be a large and a powerful army. 16You will come to fight against my people Israel. You will be like a thundercloud covering the land. When that time comes, I will bring you to fight against my land. Then, Gog, the nations will learn how powerful I am! They will learn to respect me and know that I am holy. They will see what I will do to you!’” 17The Lord my Master says these things, “˻At that time, people will remember˼ that I spoke about you in the past. They will remember that I used my servants the prophets of Israel. They will remember that the prophets of Israel spoke for me in the past and said that I would bring you to fight against them.” 18The Lord my Master said, “At that time, Gog will come to fight against the land of Israel. I will show my anger. 19In my anger and strong emotions I make this promise: I promise that there will be a strong earthquake in the land of Israel. 20At that time, all living things will quake ˻(shake)˼ with fear. The fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the wild animals in the fields, and all the little creatures crawling on the ground will shake with fear. The mountains will fall down and the cliffs will collapse. Every wall will fall to the ground!” 21The Lord my Master says, “And on the mountains of Israel, I will call for every kind of terror against Gog. His soldiers will be so scared that they will attack each other and kill each other with their swords. 22I will punish Gog with diseases and death. I will cause hailstones, fire, and sulfur to rain down on Gog and his groups of soldiers from many nations. 23Then I will show how great I am. I will prove that I am holy. Many nations will see me do these things and they will learn who I am. Then they will know that I am the Lord.”

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