Ezekiel 39:12
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New International Version
"'For seven months the Israelites will be burying them in order to cleanse the land.

King James Bible
And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land.

Darby Bible Translation
And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying them, that they may cleanse the land;

World English Bible
Seven months shall the house of Israel be burying them, that they may cleanse the land.

Young's Literal Translation
And the house of Israel have buried them -- in order to cleanse the land -- seven months.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

And seven months - It shall require a long time to bury the dead. This is another figurative expression; which, however, may admit of a good deal of literal meaning. Many of the Syrian soldiers had secreted themselves in different places during the pursuit after the battle, where they died of their wounds, of hunger, and of fatigue; so that they were not all found and buried till seven months after the defeat of the Syrian army. This slow process of burying is distinctly related in the three following verses, and extended even to a bone, Ezekiel 39:15; which, when it was found by a passenger, the place was marked, that the buriers might see and inter it. Seven months was little time enough for all this work; and in that country putrescency does not easily take place: the scorching winds serving to desiccate the flesh, and preserve it from decomposition.

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Ezekiel 39:14,16 And they shall sever out men of continual employment...

Numbers 19:16 And whoever touches one that is slain with a sword in the open fields, or a dead body, or a bone of a man, or a grave...

Deuteronomy 21:23 His body shall not remain all night on the tree, but you shall in any wise bury him that day...

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Cross References
Deuteronomy 21:23
you must not leave the body hanging on the pole overnight. Be sure to bury it that same day, because anyone who is hung on a pole is under God's curse. You must not desecrate the land the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance.

Ezekiel 39:11
"'On that day I will give Gog a burial place in Israel, in the valley of those who travel east of the Sea. It will block the way of travelers, because Gog and all his hordes will be buried there. So it will be called the Valley of Hamon Gog.

Ezekiel 39:14
People will be continually employed in cleansing the land. They will spread out across the land and, along with others, they will bury any bodies that are lying on the ground. "'After the seven months they will carry out a more detailed search.

Ezekiel 39:16
near a town called Hamonah. And so they will cleanse the land.'

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