Ezekiel 38
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1  And the word of Hashem came unto me saying:

א  וַיְהִי דְבַר יְהוָה אֵלַי לֵאמֹר.

2  ‘Son of man set thy face toward Gog of the land of Magog the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal and prophesy against him

ב  בֶּן אָדָם שִׂים פָּנֶיךָ אֶל גּוֹג אֶרֶץ הַמָּגוֹג נְשִׂיא רֹאשׁ מֶשֶׁךְ וְתֻבָל וְהִנָּבֵא עָלָיו.

3  and say: Thus saith the Lord GOD: Behold I am against thee O Gog chief prince of Meshech and Tubal;

ג  וְאָמַרְתָּ כֹּה אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה הִנְנִי אֵלֶיךָ גּוֹג נְשִׂיא רֹאשׁ מֶשֶׁךְ וְתֻבָל.

4  and I will turn thee about and put hooks into thy jaws and I will bring thee forth and all thine army horses and horsemen all of them clothed most gorgeously a great company with buckler and shield all of them handling swords:

ד  וְשׁוֹבַבְתִּיךָ וְנָתַתִּי חַחִים בִּלְחָיֶיךָ וְהוֹצֵאתִי אוֹתְךָ וְאֶת כָּל חֵילֶךָ סוּסִים וּפָרָשִׁים לְבֻשֵׁי מִכְלוֹל כֻּלָּם קָהָל רָב צִנָּה וּמָגֵן תֹּפְשֵׂי חֲרָבוֹת כֻּלָּם.

5  Persia Cush and Put with them all of them with shield and helmet;

ה  פָּרַס כּוּשׁ וּפוּט אִתָּם כֻּלָּם מָגֵן וְכוֹבָע.

6  Gomer and all his bands; the house of Togarmah in the uttermost parts of the north and all his bands; even many peoples with thee.

ו  גֹּמֶר וְכָל אֲגַפֶּיהָ בֵּית תּוֹגַרְמָה יַרְכְּתֵי צָפוֹן וְאֶת כָּל אֲגַפָּיו עַמִּים רַבִּים אִתָּךְ.

7  Be thou prepared and prepare for thyself thou and all thy company that are assembled unto thee and be thou guarded of them.

ז  הִכֹּן וְהָכֵן לְךָ אַתָּה וְכָל קְהָלֶךָ הַנִּקְהָלִים עָלֶיךָ וְהָיִיתָ לָהֶם לְמִשְׁמָר.

8  After many days thou shalt be mustered for service in the latter years thou shalt come against the land that is brought back from the sword that is gathered out of many peoples against the mountains of Yisrael which have been a continual waste; but it is brought forth out of the peoples and they dwell safely all of them.

ח  מִיָּמִים רַבִּים תִּפָּקֵד בְּאַחֲרִית הַשָּׁנִים תָּבוֹא אֶל אֶרֶץ מְשׁוֹבֶבֶת מֵחֶרֶב מְקֻבֶּצֶת מֵעַמִּים רַבִּים עַל הָרֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אֲשֶׁר הָיוּ לְחָרְבָּה תָּמִיד וְהִיא מֵעַמִּים הוּצָאָה וְיָשְׁבוּ לָבֶטַח כֻּלָּם.

9  And thou shalt ascend thou shalt come like a storm thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land thou and all thy bands and many peoples with thee.

ט  וְעָלִיתָ כַּשֹּׁאָה תָבוֹא כֶּעָנָן לְכַסּוֹת הָאָרֶץ תִּהְיֶה אַתָּה וְכָל אֲגַפֶּיךָ וְעַמִּים רַבִּים אוֹתָךְ.

10  Thus saith the Lord GOD: It shall come to pass in that day that things shall come into thy mind and thou shalt devise an evil device;

י  כֹּה אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה וְהָיָה בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא יַעֲלוּ דְבָרִים עַל לְבָבֶךָ וְחָשַׁבְתָּ מַחֲשֶׁבֶת רָעָה.

11  and thou shalt say: I will go up against the land of unwalled villages; I will come upon them that are at quiet that dwell safely all of them dwelling without walls and having neither bars nor gates;

יא  וְאָמַרְתָּ אֶעֱלֶה עַל אֶרֶץ פְּרָזוֹת אָבוֹא הַשֹּׁקְטִים יֹשְׁבֵי לָבֶטַח כֻּלָּם יֹשְׁבִים בְּאֵין חוֹמָה וּבְרִיחַ וּדְלָתַיִם אֵין לָהֶם.

12  to take the spoil and to take the prey; to turn thy hand against the waste places that are now inhabited and against the people that are gathered out of the nations that have gotten cattle and goods that dwell in the middle of the earth.

יב  לִשְׁלֹל שָׁלָל וְלָבֹז בַּז לְהָשִׁיב יָדְךָ עַל חֳרָבוֹת נוֹשָׁבוֹת וְאֶל עַם מְאֻסָּף מִגּוֹיִם עֹשֶׂה מִקְנֶה וְקִנְיָן יֹשְׁבֵי עַל טַבּוּר הָאָרֶץ.

13  Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish with all the magnates thereof shall say unto thee: Comest thou to take the spoil? hast thou assembled thy company to take the prey? to carry away silver and gold to take away cattle and goods to take great spoil?

יג  שְׁבָא וּדְדָן וְסֹחֲרֵי תַרְשִׁישׁ וְכָל כְּפִירֶיהָ יֹאמְרוּ לְךָ הֲלִשְׁלֹל שָׁלָל אַתָּה בָא הֲלָבֹז בַּז הִקְהַלְתָּ קְהָלֶךָ לָשֵׂאת כֶּסֶף וְזָהָב לָקַחַת מִקְנֶה וְקִנְיָן לִשְׁלֹל שָׁלָל גָּדוֹל.

14  Therefore son of man prophesy and say unto Gog: Thus saith the Lord GOD: In that day when My people Yisrael dwelleth safely shalt thou not know it?

la-KHAYN hi-na-VAY ven a-DAM v’-a-mar-TA l’-GOG koh a-MAR a-do-NAI e-lo-HEEM ha-LO ba-YOM ha-HU b’-SHE-vet a-MEE yis-ra-AYL la-VE-takh tay-DA

יד  לָכֵן הִנָּבֵא בֶן אָדָם וְאָמַרְתָּ לְגוֹג כֹּה אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה הֲלוֹא בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא בְּשֶׁבֶת עַמִּי יִשְׂרָאֵל לָבֶטַח תֵּדָע.

38:14  When My people Israel dwelleth safely

In Ezekiel’s final apocalyptic vision, Gog and Magog make their evil preparations to invade Israel. They see the Jewish people dwelling securely, in prosperity, in the land and feel that the time is ripe to attack. The Lord tells Gog and Magog that through their evil, they will be destroyed, and God’s name will be sanctified throughout the world (verse 16). This verse gives us a hint into the mind of Israel’s enemies. What causes them to attack? When they see the People of Israel living in peace and quiet in the Land of Israel. They pose no threat, but Israel’s enemies are prepared to risk everything to see them destroyed. As God makes clear, He will never allow that to happen.

Comment

15  And thou shalt come from thy place out of the uttermost parts of the north thou and many peoples with thee all of them riding upon horses a great company and a mighty army;

טו  וּבָאתָ מִמְּקוֹמְךָ מִיַּרְכְּתֵי צָפוֹן אַתָּה וְעַמִּים רַבִּים אִתָּךְ רֹכְבֵי סוּסִים כֻּלָּם קָהָל גָּדוֹל וְחַיִל רָב.

16  and thou shalt come up against My people Yisrael as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the end of days and I will bring thee against My land that the nations may know Me when I shall be sanctified through thee O Gog before their eyes.

טז  וְעָלִיתָ עַל עַמִּי יִשְׂרָאֵל כֶּעָנָן לְכַסּוֹת הָאָרֶץ בְּאַחֲרִית הַיָּמִים תִּהְיֶה וַהֲבִאוֹתִיךָ עַל אַרְצִי לְמַעַן דַּעַת הַגּוֹיִם אֹתִי בְּהִקָּדְשִׁי בְךָ לְעֵינֵיהֶם גּוֹג.

17  Thus saith the Lord GOD: Art thou he of whom I spoke in old time by My servants the prophets of Yisrael that prophesied in those days for many years that I would bring thee against them?

יז  כֹּה אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה הַאַתָּה הוּא אֲשֶׁר דִּבַּרְתִּי בְּיָמִים קַדְמוֹנִים בְּיַד עֲבָדַי נְבִיאֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל הַנִּבְּאִים בַּיָּמִים הָהֵם שָׁנִים לְהָבִיא אֹתְךָ עֲלֵיהֶם.

18  And it shall come to pass in that day when Gog shall come against the land of Yisrael saith the Lord GOD that My fury shall arise up in My nostrils.

יח  וְהָיָה בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא בְּיוֹם בּוֹא גוֹג עַל אַדְמַת יִשְׂרָאֵל נְאֻם אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה תַּעֲלֶה חֲמָתִי בְּאַפִּי.

19  For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath have I spoken: Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Yisrael;

יט  וּבְקִנְאָתִי בְאֵשׁ עֶבְרָתִי דִּבַּרְתִּי אִם לֹא בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא יִהְיֶה רַעַשׁ גָּדוֹל עַל אַדְמַת יִשְׂרָאֵל.

20  so that the fishes of the sea and the fowls of the heaven and the beasts of the field and all creeping things that creep upon the ground and all the men that are upon the face of the earth shall shake at My presence and the mountains shall be thrown down and the steep places shall fall and every wall shall fall to the ground.

כ  וְרָעֲשׁוּ מִפָּנַי דְּגֵי הַיָּם וְעוֹף הַשָּׁמַיִם וְחַיַּת הַשָּׂדֶה וְכָל הָרֶמֶשׂ הָרֹמֵשׂ עַל הָאֲדָמָה וְכֹל הָאָדָם אֲשֶׁר עַל פְּנֵי הָאֲדָמָה וְנֶהֶרְסוּ הֶהָרִים וְנָפְלוּ הַמַּדְרֵגוֹת וְכָל חוֹמָה לָאָרֶץ תִּפּוֹל.

21  And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains saith the Lord GOD; every man’s sword shall be against his brother.

כא  וְקָרָאתִי עָלָיו לְכָל הָרַי חֶרֶב נְאֻם אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה חֶרֶב אִישׁ בְּאָחִיו תִּהְיֶה.

22  And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will cause to rain upon him and upon his bands and upon the many peoples that are with him an overflowing shower and great hailstones fire and brimstone.

כב  וְנִשְׁפַּטְתִּי אִתּוֹ בְּדֶבֶר וּבְדָם וְגֶשֶׁם שׁוֹטֵף וְאַבְנֵי אֶלְגָּבִישׁ אֵשׁ וְגָפְרִית אַמְטִיר עָלָיו וְעַל אֲגַפָּיו וְעַל עַמִּים רַבִּים אֲשֶׁר אִתּוֹ.

23  Thus will I magnify Myself and sanctify Myself and I will make Myself known in the eyes of many nations; and they shall know that I am Hashem.

כג  וְהִתְגַּדִּלְתִּי וְהִתְקַדִּשְׁתִּי וְנוֹדַעְתִּי לְעֵינֵי גּוֹיִם רַבִּים וְיָדְעוּ כִּי אֲנִי יְהוָה.

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