Zephaniah 2

Judgments on Judah’s Enemies

1Gather yourselves together, yes, a  gather,
O nation b  without
Or longing
2Before the decree
Lit is born
takes 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 land
Who have carried out His
Or justice
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 wells
caves 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.

8I have heard the
Lit reproach
ad  taunting of Moab
And the ae  revilings of the sons of Ammon,
With which they have
Lit reproached
taunted My people
Lit made themselves great
ah  become arrogant against their territory.
9Therefore, 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 great
become arrogant against the people of the  Lord of hosts.
11The  Lord will be ar  terrifying to them, for He will
Lit make lean
starve 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.
12You 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 nation
All beasts which range in herds;
Both the
Or owl or jackdaw
bc  pelican and the hedgehog
Will lodge in
Lit her capitals
the tops of her pillars;
Lit A voice
Birds 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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