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

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


The message of this haftarah is the destruction of the mythic enemy of Israel, Gog.  It is taken to be a message heralding the ultimate redemption, relating to a recurring theme of Sukkot, as seen in the haftarah for the first day of the holiday.  Reform congregations read the haftarah through verse 39:7.

This English translation is reprinted with permission from Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures published by the Jewish Publication Society.

38:18.     On that day, when Gog sets foot on the soil of Israel- declares the Lord GOD  — My raging anger shall flare up.

38:19.     For I, have decreed in My indignation and in My blazing wrath: On that day, a terrible earthquake shall befall the land of Israel.

38:20.     The:  fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the beasts of the field, all creeping things that move on the ground, and every human being on earth shall quake before Me. Mountains shall be overthrown, cliffs shall topple, and every wall shall crumble to the ground.

38:21.     Iwill then summon the sword against him throughout My mountains — declares the Lord GOD — and every man’s sword shall be turned against his brother.

38:22.     I will punish him with pestilence and with bloodshed; and I will pour torrential rain, hailstones, and sulfurous fire upon him and his hordes and the many peoples with him.

38:23.     Thus will I manifest My greatness and My holiness, and make Myself known in the sight of many nations. And they shall know that I am the LORD.


39:1.         And you, O mortal, prophesy against Gog and say: Thus said the Lord GOD: I am going to deal with you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal!

39:2.         I will turn you around and drive you on, and I will take you from the far north and lead you toward the mountains of Israel.

39:3.         I will strike your bow from your left hand and I will loosen the arrows from your right hand.

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