9 Joshua attacked them by surprise after marching all night from Gilgal. 10 The Lord routed them before Israel. Israel thoroughly defeated them at Gibeon. They chased them up the road to the pass of Beth Horon and struck them down all the way to Azekah and Makkedah. 11 As they fled from Israel on the slope leading down from Beth Horon, the Lord threw down on them large hailstones from the sky, all the way to Azekah. They died—in fact, more died from the hailstones than the Israelites killed with the sword. 12 The day the Lord delivered the Amorites over to the Israelites, Joshua prayed to the Lord before Israel: “O sun, stand still over Gibeon; O moon, over the Valley of Aijalon!” 13 The sun stood still and the moon stood motionless while the nation took vengeance on its enemies. The event is recorded in the Scroll of the Upright One. The sun stood motionless in the middle of the sky and did not set for about a full day.
20 The fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the wild beasts, all the things that creep on the ground, and all people who live on the face of the earth will shake at my presence. The mountains will topple, the cliffs will fall, and every wall will fall to the ground. 21 I will call for a sword to attack Gog on all my mountains, declares the Sovereign Lord; every man’s sword will be against his brother. 22 I will judge him with plague and bloodshed. I will rain down on him, his troops, and the many peoples who are with him a torrential downpour, hailstones, fire, and brimstone. 23 I will exalt and magnify myself; I will reveal myself before many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord.’
Notes and References
"... The first thing which Enoch says he saw in heaven is a wall which is built of white marble and surrounded by tongues of fire (14:9). As it turned out, the wall surrounded a house. The house, no doubt, is identical with the heavenly divine palace, yet the manner in which it is described requires our comment. The house, its walls, its floor and its groundwork, were built of crystal. (The existence of hailstones in heaven could be inferred from Joshua 10, 11 and Job 38, 22; see also 1 Enoch 69:23, to say nothing of the fact that hail comes from the sky! See further Ezekiel 38:22; Revelation 16:21. Cf. also Mechilta d’Rabbi Ismael, ed. Horovitz-Rabin, p. 111. Job 38:22 likewise mentions the heavenly origin of snow ...) Now, this description of the marble-like appearance of the walls most probably derives from Ezekiel 1:22 ..."
Gruenwald, Ithamar Apocalyptic and Merkavah Mysticism (pp. 71-72) Brill, 2014
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