NASB — Zephaniah 2 — KJV

Judgments on Judah’s Enemies

  1 Gather yourselves together, yes, agather,
  O nation bwithout Ishame,
  2 Before the decree Itakes effect
  The day passes alike the chaff
  Before the bburning anger of the LORD comes upon you,
  Before the cday of the LORDS anger comes upon you.
  3 aSeek the LORD,
  All you bhumble of the Iearth
  Who have carried out His IIordinances;
  cSeek righteousness, seek humility.
  Perhaps you will be dhidden
  In the day of the LORDS anger.

[1] IOr longing a2Ch 20:4; Jol 1:14 bJr 3:3; 6:15
[2] ILit is born aIs 17:13; Ho 13:3 bLm 4:11; Na 1:6 cZp 1:18
[3] IOr land IIOr justice aPs 105:4; Am 5:6 bPs 22:26; Is 11:4 cAm 5:14, 15 dPs 57:1; Is 26:20

  4 ¶ For aGaza will be abandoned
  And Ashkelon a desolation;
  aAshdod will be driven out at noon
  And aEkron will be uprooted.
  5 Woe to the inhabitants of the seacoast,
  The nation of the IaCherethites!
  The word of the LORD is bagainst you,
  O cCanaan, land of the Philistines;
  And I will ddestroy you
  So that there will be eno inhabitant.
  6 So the seacoast will be apastures,
  [With] Icaves for shepherds and folds for flocks.
  7 And the coast will be
  For the aremnant of the house of Judah,
  They will bpasture on it.
  In the houses of Ashkelon they will lie down at evening;
  For the LORD their God will ccare for them
  And drestore their fortune.

[4] aAm 1:7, 8; Zc 9:5-7
[5] II.e. a segment of the Philistines with roots in Crete aEzk 25:16 bAm 3:1 cZp 1:11 dIs 14:29, 30 eZp 3:6
[6] IOr meadows or wells aIs 5:17; 7:25
[7] aIs 11:16 bIs 32:14 cEx 4:31; Ps 80:14 dJr 32:44; Zp 3:20

  8 ¶ “I have heard the Iataunting of Moab
  And the brevilings of the sons of Ammon,
  With which they have IItaunted My people
  And IIIcbecome arrogant against their territory.
  9 “Therefore, as I live,” declares the LORD of hosts,
  The God of Israel,
  “Surely aMoab will be like bSodom
  And the sons of cAmmon like dGomorrah
  A place possessed by nettles and salt pits,
  And a perpetual desolation.
  The remnant of My people will eplunder them
  And the remainder of My nation will inherit them.”
10 This they will have in return for their apride, because they have Ibtaunted and IIbecome arrogant against the people of the LORD of hosts. 11 The LORD will be aterrifying to them, for He will Istarve ball the gods of the earth; and all the ccoastlands of the nations will dbow down to Him, everyone from his [own] place.

[8] ILit reproach IILit reproached IIILit made themselves great aEzk 25:8 bEzk 25:3 cAm 1:13
[9] aIs 15:1-9; Jr 48:1-47; Am 2:1-3 bGn 19:24 cJr 49:1-6; Ezk 25:1-10 dDt 29:23 eIs 11:14
[10] ILit reproached IILit made themselves great aIs 16:6 bZp 2:8
[11] ILit make lean aJol 2:11 bZp 1:4 cIs 24:15 dPs 72:8-11; Zp 3:9

  12 ¶ “You also, O aEthiopians, will be slain by My sword.”
  13 And He will astretch out His hand against the north
  And destroy bAssyria,
  And He will make cNineveh a desolation,
  Parched like the wilderness.
  14 Flocks will lie down in her midst,
  IAll beasts which range in herds;
  Both the IIapelican and the hedgehog
  Will lodge in IIIthe tops of her pillars;
  IVBirds will sing in the window,
  Desolation [will be] on the threshold;
  For He has laid bare the cedar work.
  15 This is the aexultant city
  Which bdwells securely,
  Who says in her heart,
  “cI am, and there is no one besides me.”
  How she has become a ddesolation,
  A resting place for beasts!
  eEveryone who passes by her will hiss
  [And] wave his hand [in contempt].

[12] aIs 18:1-7; 20:4, 5; Ezk 30:4-9
[13] aIs 14:26; Zp 1:4 bIs 10:16; Mi 5:6 cNa 3:7
[14] IOr All kinds of beasts in crowds; lit Every kind of beast of a nation IIOr owl or jackdaw IIILit her capitals IVLit A voice aIs 14:23; 34:11
[15] aIs 22:2 bIs 32:9, 11; 47:8 cIs 47:8; Ezk 28:2, 9 dIs 32:14 eJr 18:16; 19:8


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An exhortation to repentance.

1 ¶ Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired; 2 Before the decree bring forth, [before] the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before the day of the LORD'S anger come upon you. 3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD'S anger.

[1] 2Ch 20:4; Ne 8:1; 9:1; Es 4:16; Is 1:4, 10; 26:8; Jr 12:7; Jol 1:14; 2:12; Zc 11:8; Mt 18:20.
[2] 2K 22:16; 23:26; 2Ch 36:16; Jb 21:18; Ps 1:4; 2:12; 50:22; 95:7; Is 17:13; 41:15; Jr 23:20; Lm 4:11; Ezk 12:25; Ho 13:3; Na 1:6; Zp 1:18; 3:8; Mal 4:1; Mt 24:35; Lk 13:24; 2P 3:4.
[3] Gn 7:15; Ex 12:27; 2S 12:22; 2Ch 34:27; Ps 22:26; 25:8; 31:20; 32:6; 57:1; 76:9; 91:1; 105:4; 149:4; Pv 18:10; Is 26:20; 55:6; 61:1; Jr 3:13; 4:1; 22:15; 29:12; 39:18; 45:5; Ho 7:10; 10:12; Jol 2:13; Am 5:4, 14, 15; Jna 3:9; Zc 8:19; Mt 5:5; 7:7; Php 3:13; Col 3:2; 1Th 4:1, 10; Jm 1:21; 1P 1:22; 3:4; 2P 3:18.

The judgment of the Philistines,

4 ¶ For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up. 5 Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites! the word of the LORD [is] against you; O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant. 6 And the sea coast shall be dwellings [and] cottages for shepherds, and folds for flocks. 7 And the coast shall be for the remnant of the house of Judah; they shall feed thereupon: in the houses of Ashkelon shall they lie down in the evening: for the LORD their God shall visit them, and turn away their captivity.

[4] Ps 91:6; Jr 6:4; 15:8; 25:20; 47:1; Ezk 25:15; Am 1:6; Zc 9:5.
[5] Jsh 13:3; Jg 3:3; Jr 47:7; Ezk 25:16; Am 3:1; 5:1; Zc 1:6; Mk 12:12.
[6] Is 17:2; Ezk 25:5; Zp 2:14.
[7] Gn 50:24; Ex 4:31; Ps 85:1; 126:1; Is 11:11; 14:1, 29; Jr 3:18; 23:3; 29:14; 30:3, 18; 31:7; 33:7; Ezk 39:25; Am 9:14; Ob 1:19; Mi 2:12; 4:7, 10; 5:3; Zp 2:9; 3:20; Hg 1:12; 2:2; Zc 9:6; Lk 1:68; 7:16; Ac 8:26, 40; Ro 11:5.

of Moab and Ammon,

8 ¶ I have heard the reproach of Moab, and the revilings of the children of Ammon, whereby they have reproached my people, and magnified [themselves] against their border. 9 Therefore [as] I live, saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Surely Moab shall be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah, [even] the breeding of nettles, and saltpits, and a perpetual desolation: the residue of my people shall spoil them, and the remnant of my people shall possess them. 10 This shall they have for their pride, because they have reproached and magnified [themselves] against the people of the LORD of hosts. 11 The LORD [will be] terrible unto them: for he will famish all the gods of the earth; and [men] shall worship him, every one from his place, [even] all the isles of the heathen.

[8] Ps 83:4; Jr 48:27; 49:1; Ezk 25:3, 8; 36:2; Am 1:13.
[9] Gn 19:24; Nu 14:21; Dt 29:23; Is 11:14; 13:19; 15:1; 25:10; 34:9; 49:18; Jr 46:18; 48:1; 49:18; 50:40; Ezk 25:1; Jol 3:19; Am 1:13; 2:1; Mi 5:7; Zp 2:7, 14; 3:13; Ro 14:11.
[10] Ex 9:17; 10:3; Is 10:12; 16:6; 37:22; Jr 48:29; Ezk 38:14; Dn 4:37; 5:20; Ob 1:3; Zp 2:8; 1P 5:5.
[11] Gn 10:5; Dt 32:38; Ps 2:8; 22:27; 72:8, 17; 86:9; 97:6; 117:1; 138:4; Is 2:2; 11:9; 24:14; 42:4, 10; 49:1; Ho 2:17; Mi 4:1; Zc 2:11; 8:20, 23; 13:2; 14:9; Mal 1:11; Jn 4:21; 1Ti 2:8; Rv 11:15.

of Ethiopia and Assyria.

12 ¶ Ye Ethiopians also, ye [shall be] slain by my sword. 13 And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria; and will make Nineveh a desolation, [and] dry like a wilderness. 14 And flocks shall lie down in the midst of her, all the beasts of the nations: both the cormorant and the bittern shall lodge in the upper lintels of it; [their] voice shall sing in the windows; desolation [shall be] in the thresholds: for he shall uncover the cedar work. 15 This [is] the rejoicing city that dwelt carelessly, that said in her heart, I [am], and [there is] none beside me: how is she become a desolation, a place for beasts to lie down in! every one that passeth by her shall hiss, [and] wag his hand.

[12] Ps 17:13; Is 10:5; 13:5; 18:1; 20:4; 43:3; Jr 46:9; 47:6; 51:20; Ezk 30:4.
[13] Ps 83:8; Is 10:12, 16; 11:11; Ezk 31:3; Na 1:1; 2:10; 3:7, 15, 18; Zc 10:10.
[14] Is 13:19; 34:11; Jr 22:14; Am 9:1; Zp 2:6; Rv 18:2.
[15] 1K 9:7; Jb 27:23; Ps 52:6; Is 10:12; 14:4; 22:2; 47:7, 8; Lm 1:1; 2:1, 15; Ezk 27:36; 28:2, 9; 29:3; Na 3:19; Mt 27:39; Rv 18:7, 10.


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