Zephaniah 1

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The Book of Zephaniah

Chapter 2

1

Gather yourselves together,107 yea, gather together,3 O nation not desired;12

2

Before the decree bring forth,2 [before] the day pass1 as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come4 upon you, before the day of the LORD'S anger come4 upon you.

3

Seek16 ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought1 his judgment; seek16 righteousness, seek16 meekness: it may be ye shall be hid11 in the day of the LORD'S anger.

4

For Gaza shall be forsaken,7 and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out17 Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up.11

5

Woe unto the inhabitants6 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 destroy52 thee, that there shall be no inhabitant.6

6

And the sea coast shall be dwellings [and] cottages for shepherds,6 and folds for flocks.

7

And the coast shall be for the remnant of the house of Judah; they shall feed4 thereupon: in the houses of Ashkelon shall they lie down4 in the evening: for the LORD their God shall visit4 them, and turn away1 their captivity. 7622

8

I have heard1 the reproach of Moab, and the revilings of the children of Ammon, whereby they have reproached14 my people, and magnified55 [themselves] against their border.

9

Therefore [as] I live, saith7 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, 4417 and a perpetual 5769 desolation: the residue of my people shall spoil4 them, and the remnant of my people shall possess4 them.

10

This shall they have for their pride, because they have reproached14 and magnified55 [themselves] against the people of the LORD of hosts.

11

The LORD [will be] terrible12 unto them: for he will famish1 all the gods of the earth; and [men] shall worship101 him, every one from his place, [even] all the isles of the heathen.

12

Ye Ethiopians also, ye [shall be] slain by my sword.

13

And he will stretch out4 his hand against the north, and destroy17 Assyria; and will make4 Nineveh a desolation, [and] dry like a wilderness.

14

And flocks shall lie down1 in the midst of her, all the beasts of the nations: both the cormorant and the bittern shall lodge4 in the upper lintels of it; [their] voice shall sing34 in the windows; desolation [shall be] in the thresholds: for he shall uncover14 the cedar work.

15

This [is] the rejoicing city that dwelt6 carelessly, that said6 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 by6 her shall hiss,4 [and] wag55 his hand.

Zephaniah 3