Zephaniah 21Be gathered and closely joined together, O unchastened nation; 2before you become as the flower that passes away, before the anger of the Lord come upon you, before the day of the wrath of the Lord come upon you. 3Seek the Lord, all you meek of the earth; do judgment, and seek justice, and answer accordingly; that you may be hid in the day of the wrath of the Lord. 4For Gaza shall be utterly forsaken, and Ashkelon shall be destroyed; and Azotus shall be cast forth at noonday, and Ekron shall be rooted up. 5Woe to them that dwell on the border of the sea, neighbors of the Cretans! The word of the Lord is against you, O Canaan, land of the Philistines, and I will destroy you out of your dwelling place. 6And Crete shall be a pasture of flocks, and a fold of sheep. 7And the sea coast shall be for the remnant of the house of Judah; they shall pasture upon them in the houses of Ashkelon; they shall rest in the evening because of the children of Judah; for the Lord their God has visited them, and He will turn away their captivity. 8I have heard the revilings of Moab, and the insults of the children of Ammon, wherewith they have reviled My people, and magnified themselves against My coasts. 9Therefore, as I live, says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, Moab shall be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah; and Damascus shall be left as a heap of the threshing floor, and desolate forever: and the remnant of My people shall plunder them, and the remnant of My nations shall inherit them. 10This is their punishment in return for their haughtiness, because they have reproached and magnified themselves against the Lord Almighty. 11The Lord shall appear against them, and shall utterly destroy all the gods of the nations of the earth; and they shall worship Him everyone from his place, even all the islands of the nations. 12You Ethiopians also are the slain of My sword. 13And He shall stretch forth His hand against the north and destroy the Assyrian, and make Nineveh a dry wilderness, even as a desert. 14And flocks, and all the wild beasts of the land, and chameleons shall feed in the midst thereof: and hedgehogs shall lodge in the ceilings thereof; and wild beasts shall cry in the breaches thereof, and ravens in her porches, whereas her loftiness was as a cedar. 15(3:1) This is the scornful city that dwells securely, that says in her heart, I am, and there is no longer any to be after me: how has she become desolate, and a habitation of wild beasts! Everyone that passes through her shall hiss, and shake their hands in contempt.
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