Ezekiel 39:18

18 Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats,[a] of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan.

Ezekiel 39:18 Meaning and Commentary

Ezekiel 39:18

Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty
Of the soldiers, men of strength and courage, and fit for war, with which the army of Gog will abound: and drink the blood of the princes of the earth:
both the princes of his own family and court, and those of his allies and auxiliaries that will come along with him: of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks;
which the Targum Jarchi, and Kimchi, interpret of kings, princes, dukes, rulers, and governors; and so does John, in the Revelation, of kings, captains, and mighty men, ( Revelation 19:18 ) : all of them fatlings of Baasha;
which was a country in Israel, very fruitful, and full of pastures, where much fat cattle were bred; and to which these great personages in Gog's army are compared, for their bulk, strength, and wealth. So the Targum,

``all of them rich in substance.''
It may be rendered, "all of them the merie of Bashan"; for "meri" is the name of an ox or buffle; and Jarchi says that a fat ox is called in the Arabic language <arabic> "almari" F8.
FOOTNOTES:

F8 Vid. Bochart. de Script. Animal. par. 1. l. 2. c. 28. col. 284.

Ezekiel 39:18 In-Context

16 And also the name of the city shall be Hamonah. Thus shall they cleanse the land.
17 And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; 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.
18 Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan.
19 And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you.
20 Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord GOD.

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. goats: Heb. great goats