Zephaniah 2


The Wrath of The LORD

1Be gathered and bound together, O [2nation 1uninstructed]! 2before your becoming as a flower passing the day; before the coming upon you the wrath of the  lord; before the coming upon you the day of the wrath of the rage of the  lord. 3Seek the  lord all you humble ones of the earth! [2equity 1Work], and [2righteousness 1seek], and answer them accordingly! so that you should be sheltered in the day of the wrath of the  lord.

Judgment against the Philistines

4For Gaza will be for plundering, and Ashkelon for extinction, and Ashdod at midday shall be cast forth, and Ekron shall be rooted out. 5Woe, the ones dwelling the measured out land of the sea -- sojourners of Cretans. The word of the  lord is against you, O Canaan, land of the Philistines; and I will destroy you of your dwelling. 6And Crete shall be a pasture of flocks, and a haven for sheep. 7And [5will be 1the 2measured out piece of land 3by the 4sea] for the remnant of the house of Judah; upon them they shall pasture in the houses of Ashkelon; in the afternoon they shall rest up from in front of the sons of Judah; for [3shall visit 4them 1the  lord 2their God]; and he shall return their captivity.

Judgment against Moab and Ammon

8I heard the scorns of Moab, and the ill-treatment by the sons of Ammon, in which they berated my people, and magnified themselves over my borders. 9On account of this, as I live, says the  lord of the forces, the God of Israel, that Moab [2as 3Sodom 1will be], and the sons of Ammon as Gomorrah, and Damascus ceasing. And it will be as a heap of salt into the eon. And the remnants of my people shall plunder them, and the remnants of my nation shall inherit them. 10This is to them for their insolence, because they berated and magnified themselves over the  lord almighty. 11The  lord shall appear against them, and he shall utterly destroy all the gods of the nations of the earth. And they shall do obeisance to him, each from his place -- all the islands of the nations.

Judgment against Ethiopia and Assyria

12And you, O Ethiopians, [2the slain 3of my broadsword 1are]. 13And he will stretch out his hand against the north. And he shall destroy the Assyrian, and he shall establish Nineveh for [2extinction 1a waterless], as a wilderness. 14And [2shall feed 3in 4the midst 5of her 1flocks], and all the wild beasts of the earth, and chameleons; and hedgehogs [2in 3her fretwork 1shall make a bed], and wild beasts to sound out loud in her ditches, and crows in her gatehouses. For [2was as the cedar 1her height]. 15This is the [2city 1heedless], the one dwelling upon hope, who says in her heart, I am, and there is none after me any longer. O how it was for extinction, a pasture of wild beasts. Every one traveling through her shall whistle and shall shake his hands.
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