39:2 And I will turn thee back, a and leave but the sixth part
of thee, and will cause thee to come from the north parts,
and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:
(a) Or, destroy you with six plagues, as in
39:4 Thou b shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and
all thy troops, and the people that [are] with thee: I will
give thee to the ravenous birds of every sort, and [to] the
beasts of the field to be devoured.
(b) Meaning that by the virtue of God's word the enemy will
be destroyed wherever he assails his Church.
39:6 And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell
securely in the c isles: and they shall know that I [am]
(c) That is, among all nations where the enemies of my
people dwell, no matter how separate they seem.
39:8 Behold, d it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD;
this [is] the day of which I have spoken.
(d) That is, this plague is fully determined in my counsel
and cannot be changed.
39:9 And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall e go
forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the
shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the
javelins, and the spears, and they shall burn them with
fire seven years:
(e) After this destruction the Church will have great peace
and tranquillity and burn all their weapons because they
will no more fear the enemies. This chiefly refers to
the accomplishment of Christ's kingdom when by their
head Christ all enemies will be overcome.
39:11 And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] I will give
to Gog f a place there of graves in Israel, the valley
of the travellers on the east of the sea: and it shall
stop the g [noses] of the travellers: and there shall
they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call
[it] The valley of Hamongog.
(f) Which declares that the enemies will have a horrible
(g) For the stink of the carcasses.
39:12h And seven months shall the house of Israel be in
burying them, that they may cleanse the land.
(h) Meaning a long time.
39:14 And they shall set apart men for [the] continual task of
passing through the i land to bury with the travellers
those that remain upon the face of the land, to cleanse
it: after the end of seven months shall they search.
(i) Partly that the holy land should not be polluted and
partly for the compassion that the children of God
have even on their enemies.
39:17 And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; Speak to
every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field,
Assemble yourselves, and come; k gather yourselves on
every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you,
[even] a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel,
that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood.
(k) By which he signifies the horrible destruction that
would come on the enemies of his Church.
39:23 And the nations shall know that the house of Israel went
into captivity for l their iniquity: because they
trespassed against me, therefore I hid my face from them,
and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so they all
fell by the sword.
(l) The heathen will know that they did not overcome my
people by their strength, neither yet by the weakness
of my arm, but that this was for my people's sins.