Zephaniah, Chapter 2

2:1 Gather yourselves together, yes, gather together, O nation that has no shame;
2:2 before the decree brings forth, [before] the day passes as the chaff, before the fierce anger of Yahweh comes on you+, before the day of Yahweh's anger comes on you+.
2:3 Seek+ Yahweh, all you+ meek of the earth, who have kept his ordinances; seek+ righteousness, seek+ meekness: it may be you+ will be hid in the day of Yahweh's anger.
2:4 For Gaza will be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation; they will drive out Ashdod at noonday, and Ekron will be rooted up.
2:5 Woe to the inhabitants of the seacoast, the nation of the Cherethites! The word of Yahweh is against you+, O Canaan, the land of the Philistines; I will destroy you, that there will be no inhabitant.
2:6 And the seacoast will be pastures, cisterns of shepherds and folds for flocks.
2:7 And the portion will be for the remnant of the house of Judah; they will feed [their flocks] thereupon; in the houses of Ashkelon they will lie down in the evening; for Yahweh their God will visit them, and bring back their destiny.
2:8 I have heard the reproach of Moab, and the revilings of the sons of Ammon, with which they have reproached my people, and magnified themselves against their border.
2:9 Therefore as I live, says Yahweh of hosts, the God of Israel, Surely Moab will be as Sodom, and the sons of Ammon as Gomorrah, a possession of nettles, and saltpits, and a perpetual desolation: the remnant of my people will make a prey of them, and the remainder of my nation will inherit them.
2:10 This they will have for their pride, because they have reproached and magnified themselves against the people of Yahweh of hosts.
2:11 Yahweh will be awesome to them; for he will famish all the gods of the earth; and men will worship him, every one from his place, even all the isles of the nations.
2:12 You+ Ethiopians also, they are slain by my sword.
2:13 And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria, and will make Nineveh a desolation, and dry like the wilderness.
2:14 And herds will lie down in the midst of her, all the beasts of the nations: both the pelican and the porcupine will lodge in her capitals; [their] voice will sing in the windows; desolation will be in the thresholds: for he has laid bare the cedar-work.
2:15 This is the joyous city that dwelt carelessly, that said in her heart, I am, and there is none besides me: how has she become a desolation, a place for beasts to lie down in! Everyone who passes by her will hiss, and wag his hand.

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