Judgments on Judah’s Enemies1Gather yourselves together, yes, a gather,
O nation b without ▼
▼ Or longingshame,
2Before the decree ▼
▼ Lit is borntakes effect—
The day passes e like the chaff—
Before the f burning anger of the Lord comes upon you,
Before the g day of the Lord’s anger comes upon you.
3 h Seek the Lord,
All you i humble of the ▼
▼ Or landearth
Who have carried out His ▼
▼ Or justiceordinances;
l Seek righteousness, seek humility.
Perhaps you will be m hidden
In the day of the Lord’s anger.
4For n Gaza will be abandoned
And Ashkelon a desolation;
o Ashdod will be driven out at noon
And p Ekron will be uprooted.
5Woe to the inhabitants of the seacoast,
The nation of the ▼
▼ I.e. a segment of the Philistines with roots in Crete, r Cherethites!
The word of the Lord is s against you,
O t Canaan, land of the Philistines;
And I will u destroy you
So that there will be v no inhabitant.
6So the seacoast will be w pastures,
▼ Or meadows or wellscaves for shepherds and folds for flocks.
7And the coast will be
For the y remnant of the house of Judah,
They will z pasture on it.
In the houses of Ashkelon they will lie down at evening;
For the Lord their God will aa care for them
And ab restore their fortune.
8“I have heard the ▼
▼ Lit reproach, ad taunting of Moab
And the ae revilings of the sons of Ammon,
With which they have ▼
▼ Lit reproachedtaunted My people
▼ Lit made themselves great, ah become arrogant against their territory.
9“Therefore, as I live,” declares the Lord of hosts,
The God of Israel,
“Surely ai Moab will be like aj Sodom
And the sons of ak Ammon like al Gomorrah—
A place possessed by nettles and salt pits,
And a perpetual desolation.
The remnant of My people will am plunder them
And the remainder of My nation will inherit them.”
10This they will have in return for their an pride, because they have ▼
▼ Lit reproached, ap taunted and ▼
▼ Lit made themselves greatbecome arrogant against the people of the Lord of hosts. 11The Lord will be ar terrifying to them, for He will ▼
▼ Lit make leanstarve at all the gods of the earth; and all the au coastlands of the nations will av bow down to Him, everyone from his own place. 12“You also, O aw Ethiopians, will be slain by My sword.”
13And He will ax stretch out His hand against the north
And destroy ay Assyria,
And He will make az Nineveh a desolation,
Parched like the wilderness.
14Flocks will lie down in her midst,
▼ Or All kinds of beasts in crowds; lit Every kind of beast of a nationAll beasts which range in herds;
Both the ▼
▼ Or owl or jackdaw, bc pelican and the hedgehog
Will lodge in ▼
▼ Lit her capitalsthe tops of her pillars;
▼ Lit A voiceBirds will sing in the window,
Desolation will be on the threshold;
For He has laid bare the cedar work.
15This is the bf exultant city
Which bg dwells securely,
Who says in her heart,
bh “I am, and there is no one besides me.”
How she has become a bi desolation,
A resting place for beasts!
bj Everyone who passes by her will hiss
And wave his hand in contempt.
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