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A prediction of the utter destruction of Gog and Magog, ver. 1 - 7.
An illustration of the vastness of that destruction, ver. 8 - 22.
God's mercy to his people, ver. 23 - 29.
2: The sixth part - I will leave in thy country but one in six.
3: Thy bow - What is said of the bow rendered useless, is to be
understood of all other weapons of war; this is one kind, the bow,
being most in use with the Scythians, is mentioned for all the rest.
8: It is come - As sure as if already come. The day - That notable
day of recompences against the last great enemies of the church.
9: The weapons - The warlike provision, instruments, engines,
carriages and wagons. Shall burn - It may be wondered why they burn
these weapons, which might be of use to them for defence; but it was
done in testimony that God was their defence, on whom only they relied.
With fire - In such a country where the need of fire is much less than
with us, it will not seem incredible, that the warlike utensils of so
numerous an army might be enough to furnish them with fuel for many years.
11: Gog - And to many of those with him; but many were given to the
birds and beasts to be devoured. Graves - Gog came to take possession;
and so he shall, but not as he purposed and hoped. He shall possess
his house of darkness in that land which he invaded. The valley of the
passengers - So called from the frequent travels of passengers through
it from Egypt and Arabia Felix, into the more northern parts, and
from these again into Egypt and Arabia. The sea - The
Dead Sea. Hamon Gog - That is, the multitude of Gog.
13: Glorified - The day of my being glorified shall be a renown to
14: They - The rulers of Israel. Sever - Chuse out men who
shall make it their work. Passing - To go up and down over the whole
land; for many of Gog's wounded, flying soldiers, died in thickets,
and corners into which they crept. The passengers - Whose assistance
they would desire of courtesy. Remain - Unburied by the public labour
of the house of Israel during the seven months.
16: The city - That is, the multitude: the city which is next to
this common tomb of Gog.
17: I do sacrifice - The punishment of these God calls a sacrifice,
which he offers to his own justice. Upon the mountains - Where more
thousands are offered at once, than ever were at any time offered;
'tis a sacrifice so great, that none ever was, or will be like it.
18: Ye shall eat - In these two and the following verses, God
takes on him the person of one that makes a feast, invites his guests,
and promises to satisfy them. Of the two former, the first is an
Enigmatical invitation, or an invitation in a riddle; the latter is
the key to this character. The mighty - Who had great authority, great
courage and strength, the giant - like ones, commanders of great note in
the army. Princes - Many princes came with their country men and subjects
to assist in this war. Rams - These are compared to rams which lead the
flock. Lambs - Lambs are the more ordinary in the army. Goats - Goats
signify the more lascivious, and impetuous among them.
Bullocks - Bullocks, such as though more slow, were of great strength.
Fatlings - Well fed. Bashan - A mountain of most rich, and sweet soil.
20: At my table - In the field where Gog, his princes, and army,
are slain, compared to a table. Horses - Horsemen, not common foot
soldiers. Chariots - The men that ride in them.
21: All the heathen - In the countries to which the news shall come.
26: Their shame - Reproach for their sins.