Zephaniah 2

English Standard Version

1 Gather together, yes, gather, O shameless nation, (Jer 6:15)2 before the decree takes effect[1] —before the day passes away like chaff— before there comes upon you the burning anger of the Lord, before there comes upon you the day of the anger of the Lord. (2Ki 23:26; Ps 1:4; Zep 3:8)3 Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, who do his just commands;[2] seek righteousness; seek humility; perhaps you may be hidden on the day of the anger of the Lord. (Ps 76:9; Isa 2:10; Isa 11:4; Isa 26:20; Am 5:6; Am 5:14)4 For Gaza shall be deserted, and Ashkelon shall become a desolation; Ashdod’s people shall be driven out at noon, and Ekron shall be uprooted. (Jer 47:5; Am 1:6; Zec 9:5)5 Woe to you inhabitants of the seacoast, you nation of the Cherethites! The word of the Lord is against you, O Canaan, land of the Philistines; and I will destroy you until no inhabitant is left. (Jos 13:3; 1Sa 30:14; Jer 47:7; Eze 25:16; Na 2:13; Zep 3:6)6 And you, O seacoast, shall be pastures, with meadows[3] for shepherds and folds for flocks. (Isa 65:10; Zep 2:7)7 The seacoast shall become the possession of the remnant of the house of Judah, on which they shall graze, and in the houses of Ashkelon they shall lie down at evening. For the Lord their God will be mindful of them and restore their fortunes. (Jos 19:29; Ob 1:19; Zep 2:6; Zep 3:13; Zep 3:20; Zec 10:3; Lu 1:68)8 “I have heard the taunts of Moab and the revilings of the Ammonites, how they have taunted my people and made boasts against their territory. (Jer 48:27; Jer 49:1; Eze 25:3; Eze 25:6)9 Therefore, as I live,” declares the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, “Moab shall become like Sodom, and the Ammonites like Gomorrah, a land possessed by nettles and salt pits, and a waste forever. The remnant of my people shall plunder them, and the survivors of my nation shall possess them.” (De 29:23; Isa 13:19; Isa 49:18; Eze 16:48)10 This shall be their lot in return for their pride, because they taunted and boasted against the people of the Lord of hosts. (Isa 16:6)11 The Lord will be awesome against them; for he will famish all the gods of the earth, and to him shall bow down, each in its place, all the lands of the nations. (Ge 10:5; Ps 22:27; Isa 17:4)12 You also, O Cushites, shall be slain by my sword. (Zep 3:10)13 And he will stretch out his hand against the north and destroy Assyria, and he will make Nineveh a desolation, a dry waste like the desert. (Isa 10:12; Na 3:7)14 Herds shall lie down in her midst, all kinds of beasts;[4] even the owl and the hedgehog[5] shall lodge in her capitals; a voice shall hoot in the window; devastation will be on the threshold; for her cedar work will be laid bare. (Isa 13:21; Isa 34:11; Isa 34:14; Jer 22:14)15 This is the exultant city that lived securely, that said in her heart, “I am, and there is no one else.” What a desolation she has become, a lair for wild beasts! Everyone who passes by her hisses and shakes his fist. (Isa 47:8; Jer 19:8; Eze 25:5; Na 3:19)