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Zephaniah 2 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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Judgments on Judah's Enemies

Unchecked Copy BoxZep 2:1 - Gather yourselves together, yes, gather,
O nation without [fn]shame,
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 2:2 - Before the decree [fn]takes effect
The day passes like the chaff
Before the burning anger of the LORD comes upon you,
Before the day of the LORDS anger comes upon you.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 2:3 - Seek the LORD,
All you humble of the [fn]earth
Who have carried out His [fn]ordinances;
Seek righteousness, seek humility.
Perhaps you will be hidden
In the day of the LORDS anger.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 2:4 - For Gaza will be abandoned
And Ashkelon a desolation;
Ashdod will be driven out at noon
And Ekron will be uprooted.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 2:5 - Woe to the inhabitants of the seacoast,
The nation of the [fn]Cherethites!
The word of the LORD is against you,
O Canaan, land of the Philistines;
And I will destroy you
So that there will be no inhabitant.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 2:6 - So the seacoast will be pastures,
With [fn]caves for shepherds and folds for flocks.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 2:7 - And the coast will be
For the remnant of the house of Judah,
They will pasture on it.
In the houses of Ashkelon they will lie down at evening;
For the LORD their God will care for them
And restore their fortune.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 2:8 - “I have heard the [fn]taunting of Moab
And the revilings of the sons of Ammon,
With which they have [fn]taunted My people
And [fn]become arrogant against their territory.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 2:9 - “Therefore, as I live,” declares the LORD of hosts,
The God of Israel,
“Surely Moab will be like Sodom
And the sons of Ammon like Gomorrah
A place possessed by nettles and salt pits,
And a perpetual desolation.
The remnant of My people will plunder them
And the remainder of My nation will inherit them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 2:10 - This they will have in return for their pride, because they have [fn]taunted and [fn]become arrogant against the people of the LORD of hosts.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 2:11 - The LORD will be terrifying to them, for He will [fn]starve all the gods of the earth; and all the coastlands of the nations will bow down to Him, everyone from his own place.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 2:12 - “You also, O Ethiopians, will be slain by My sword.”
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 2:13 - And He will stretch out His hand against the north
And destroy Assyria,
And He will make Nineveh a desolation,
Parched like the wilderness.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 2:14 - Flocks will lie down in her midst,
[fn]All beasts which range in herds;
Both the [fn]pelican and the hedgehog
Will lodge in [fn]the tops of her pillars;
[fn]Birds will sing in the window,
Desolation will be on the threshold;
For He has laid bare the cedar work.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 2:15 - This is the exultant city
Which dwells securely,
Who says in her heart,
“I am, and there is no one besides me.”
How she has become a desolation,
A resting place for beasts!
Everyone who passes by her will hiss
And wave his hand in contempt.
NASB95 Footnotes
Or, longing
Literally: is born
Or, land
Or, justice
I.e. a segment of the Philistines with roots in Crete
Or, meadows or wells
Literally: reproach
Literally: reproached
Literally: made themselves great
Literally: reproached
Literally: made themselves great
Literally: make lean
Or, All kinds of beasts in crowds; lit Every kind of beast of a nation
Or, owl or jackdaw
Literally: her capitals
Literally: A voice

New American Standard Bible 1995
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