Ezekiel 38:18-39:16: The Destruction of Gog

The haftarah (prophetic reading) for Shabbat that falls on the intermediate days of Sukkot

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39:8.         Ah! it has come, it has happened-declares the Lord GOD: this is that day that I decreed.

39:9.         Then the inhabitants of the cities of Israel will go out and make fires and feed them, with the weapons --shields and bucklers, bows and arrows, clubs and spears; they shall use them as fuel for seven years.

39:10.     They will not gather firewood in the fields or cut any in the forests, but will use the weapons as fuel for their fires. They will despoil those who despoiled them and plunder those who plundered them -- declares the Lord GOD.

39:11.     On that day I will assign to Gog a burial site there in Israel -- the Valley of the Travelers, east of the Sea. It shall block the path of travelers, for there Gog and all his multitude will be buried. It shall be called the Valley of Gog's Multitude.

39:12.     The House of Israel shall spend seven months burying them, in order to cleanse the land;

39:13.     all the people of the land shall bury them. The day I manifest My glory shall bring renown to them --declares the Lord GOD.

39:14.     And they shall appoint men to serve permanently, to traverse the land and bury any invaders who remain above ground, in order to cleanse it. The search shall go on for a period of seven months.

39:15.     As those who traverse the country make their rounds, anyone of them who sees a human bone shall erect a marker beside it, until the buriers have interred them in the Valley of Gog's Multitude.

39:16.     There shall also be a city named Multitude.  And thus the land shall be cleansed.

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