Judah and Jerusalem Judged Along With the NationsJudah Summoned to Repent
1Gather together, gather yourselves together, you shameful nation,2before the decree takes effect and that day passes like windblown chaff, before the Lord’s fierce anger comes upon you, before the day of the Lord’s wrath comes upon you.3Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the Lord’s anger.
4Gaza will be abandoned and Ashkelon left in ruins. At midday Ashdod will be emptied and Ekron uprooted.5Woe to you who live by the sea, you Kerethite people; the word of the Lord is against you, Canaan, land of the Philistines. He says, “I will destroy you, and none will be left.”6The land by the sea will become pastures having wells for shepherds and pens for flocks.7That land will belong to the remnant of the people of Judah; there they will find pasture. In the evening they will lie down in the houses of Ashkelon. The Lord their God will care for them; he will restore their fortunes.
Moab and Ammon
8“I have heard the insults of Moab and the taunts of the Ammonites, who insulted my people and made threats against their land.9Therefore, as surely as I live,” declares the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, “surely Moab will become like Sodom, the Ammonites like Gomorrah— a place of weeds and salt pits, a wasteland forever. The remnant of my people will plunder them; the survivors of my nation will inherit their land.”10This is what they will get in return for their pride, for insulting and mocking the people of the Lord Almighty.11The Lord will be awesome to them when he destroys all the gods of the earth. Distant nations will bow down to him, all of them in their own lands.
12“You Cushites, too, will be slain by my sword.”
13He will stretch out his hand against the north and destroy Assyria, leaving Nineveh utterly desolate and dry as the desert.14Flocks and herds will lie down there, creatures of every kind. The desert owl and the screech owl will roost on her columns. Their hooting will echo through the windows, rubble will fill the doorways, the beams of cedar will be exposed.15This is the city of revelry that lived in safety. She said to herself, “I am the one! And there is none besides me.” What a ruin she has become, a lair for wild beasts! All who pass by her scoff and shake their fists.
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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)