1Gather your people together, you shameful nation of Judah! Gather them together!2Come together before the appointed time arrives. The day of the Lord will sweep in like straw blown by the wind. Soon the Lord's anger will burn against you. The day of his anger will come on you.3So look to him, all of you people in the land who worship him faithfully. You always do what he commands you to do. Continue to do what is right. Don't be proud. Then perhaps the Lord will keep you safe on the day he pours out his anger on the world.
A Message About Philistia
4Gaza will be deserted. Ashkelon will be destroyed. Ashdod will be emptied out at noon. Ekron will be pulled up by its roots.5How terrible it will be for you Kerethites who live by the Mediterranean Sea! Philistia, the Lord has spoken against you. What happened to Canaan will happen to you. The Lord says, “I will destroy you. No one will be left.”6The Kerethites live in the land by the sea. It will become a place for shepherds and sheep pens.7It will belong to those who are still left alive among the people of Judah. They will find grasslands there. They will take over the houses in Ashkelon and live in them. The Lord their God will take care of them. He will bless them with great success again.
A Message About Moab and Ammon
8The Lord says, “I have heard Moab make fun of my people. The Ammonites also laughed at them. They told them that bad things would happen to their land.9So Moab will become like Sodom,” announces the Lord who rules over all. “Ammon will be like Gomorrah. Weeds and salt pits will cover those countries. They will be dry and empty deserts forever. Those who are still left alive among my people will take all of their valuable things. So they will receive those lands as their own. And that is just as sure as I am alive.” The Lord is the God of Israel.10Moab and Ammon will be judged because they are so proud. They made fun of the Lord's people. They laughed at them.11The Lord who rules over all will terrify Moab and Ammon. He will destroy all of the gods on earth. Then the nations on every shore will worship him. All of them will serve him in their own lands.
A Message About Cush
12The Lord says, “People of Cush, you too will be killed with my sword.”
A Message About Assyria
13The Lord will reach out his powerful hand against the north. He will destroy Assyria. He'll leave Nineveh totally empty. It will be as dry as a desert.14Flocks and herds will lie down there. So will creatures of every kind. Desert owls and screech owls will rest on its pillars. Their cries will echo through the windows. The doorways will be full of trash. The cedar beams will be showing.15Nineveh is a carefree city. It lived in safety. It said to itself, “I am like a god. No one is greater than I am.” But it has been destroyed. Wild animals make their home there. All those who pass by laugh and shake their fists at it.
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Judgment on Judah’s Enemies
1Gather together, yes, gather, O shameless nation, (Jer 6:15)2before the decree takes effect —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)3Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, who do his just commands; 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)4For 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)5Woe 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)6And you, O seacoast, shall be pastures, with meadows for shepherds and folds for flocks. (Isa 65:10; Zep 2:7)7The 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)9Therefore, 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)10This 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)11The 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)12You also, O Cushites, shall be slain by my sword. (Zep 3:10)13And 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)14Herds shall lie down in her midst, all kinds of beasts; even the owl and the hedgehog 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)15This 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)