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Tuesday, 18 June 2024 - Santa Marina ( Letture di oggi)

Ezekiel 38


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1The word of Yahweh was addressed to me as follows,2'Son of man, turn towards Gog, to the country of Magog, towards the paramount prince of Meshechand Tubal, and prophesy against him.3Say, "The Lord Yahweh says this: I am against you, Gog, paramount prince of Meshech and Tubal.4I shal turn you about, I shall fix hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your entire army, horses andhorsemen, al perfectly equipped, a huge array armed with shields and bucklers, and al wielding swords.5Persia and Cush and Put are with them, al with buckler and helmet;6Gomer and al its troops, Beth-Togarmah in the far north and al its troops, and many nations with you.7Be ready, be wel prepared, you and al your troops and the others rallying to you, and hold yourself atmy service.8"Many days will pass before you are given orders; in the final years you wil march on this country,whose inhabitants wil have been living in confidence, remote from other peoples, since they escaped the swordand were gathered in from various nations, here in the long-deserted mountains of Israel.9Like a storm you wil approach, you wil advance and cover the country like a cloud, you, al yourtroops and many nations with you.10"The Lord Yahweh says this: That day, a thought wil enter your mind and you wil form a sinisterplan.11You wil think: I shal attack this undefended country and march on this peaceful nation living secure,al living in towns without wal s or bars or gates.12You wil come to plunder and loot and turn your might against the ruins they live in, against thispeople gathered back from the nations, these stock-breeders and traders who live at the Navel of the World.13Sheba and Dedan, the merchants and all the magnates of Tarshish wil ask you: Have you come forplunder? Are you massing your troops with a view to looting? To make off with gold and silver, seize cattle and goods, and come away with unlimited spoil?"14'So, son of man, prophesy. Say to Gog, "The Lord Yahweh says this: Is it not true that you will set outat a time when my people Israel is living secure?15You wil leave your home in the far north, you and many nations with you, a great army of countlesstroops all mounted.16You wil invade Israel, my people. You will be like a cloud covering the country. In the final days, Imyself shal bring you to attack my country, so that the nations will know who I am, when I display my holiness tothem, by means of you, Gog.17"The Lord Yahweh says this: It was of you that I spoke in the past through my servants the prophetsof Israel, who prophesied in those days, foretel ing your invasion.18The day Gog attacks the land of Israel -- declares the Lord Yahweh -- my furious wrath will boil up. Inmy anger,19in my jealousy, in the heat of my fury I say it: That day, I swear, there wil be such a huge earthquakein the land of Israel,20that the fish in the sea and the birds of heaven, the wild beasts, al the reptiles creeping along theground, and al people on the surface of the earth will quake before me. Mountains wil fall, cliffs crumble, alwal s col apse, and21I shal summon every kind of sword against him -- declares the Lord Yahweh -- and each will turn hissword against his comrade.22I shal punish him with plague and bloodshed, and rain down torrential rain, hailstones, fire andbrimstone on him, on his troops and on the many nations with him.23I shal display my greatness and holiness and bring the many nations to acknowledge me; and theywil know that I am Yahweh." '