Zephaniah 2

Zephaniah 2

Judgment on Judah’s Enemies
1Gather together, yes, gather,
O #Jer. 6:15shameless nation,
2 # [ch. 3:8] before the decree takes effect#2:2 Hebrew gives birth
—before the day passes away #Ps. 1:4 like chaff—
# [2 Kgs. 23:26] before there comes upon you
the burning anger of the Lord,
before there comes upon you
the day of the anger of the Lord.
3 # See Amos 5:6 Seek the Lord, #Ps. 76:9; Isa. 11:4 all you humble of the land,
who do his just commands;#2:3 Or who carry out his judgment
# [Amos 5:14, 15] seek righteousness; seek humility;
# [Amos 5:14, 15] perhaps #[Isa. 2:10; 26:20, 21]you may be hidden
on the day of the anger of the Lord.
4 # Zech. 9:5, 6; [Jer. 47:5]; See Amos 1:6-8 For Gaza shall be deserted,
and Ashkelon shall become a desolation;
Ashdod’s people shall be driven out at noon,
and Ekron shall be uprooted.
5Woe to #Jer. 47:7; Ezek. 25:16 you inhabitants of the seacoast,
you nation of #See 1 Sam. 30:14 the Cherethites!
# [Nah. 2:13] The word of the Lord is against you,
# [Josh. 13:3] O Canaan, land of the Philistines;
and I will destroy you #ch. 3:6until no inhabitant is left.
6 # ver. 7 And you, O seacoast, #Isa. 65:10shall be pastures,
with meadows#2:6 Or caves for shepherds
and folds for flocks.
7 # [Josh. 19:29] The seacoast shall become the possession
of #[ch. 3:13; Obad. 19] the remnant of the house of Judah,
# [See ver. 6 above] on which they shall graze,
and in the houses of Ashkelon
they shall lie down at evening.
For the Lord their God #Zech. 10:3; Luke 1:68 will be mindful of them
and #ch. 3:20restore their fortunes.
8“I have heard #[Jer. 48:27] the taunts of Moab
and #Ezek. 25:3, 6 the revilings of the Ammonites,
how they have taunted my people
and made boasts #[Jer. 49:1]against their territory.
9Therefore, #Isa. 49:18; See Ezek. 16:48 as I live,” declares the Lord of hosts,
the God of Israel,
“Moab shall become #Deut. 29:23; See Isa. 13:19like Sodom,
and the Ammonites #Deut. 29:23; See Isa. 13:19like 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.”
10This shall be their lot in return #Isa. 16:6for their pride,
because they taunted and boasted
against the people of the Lord of hosts.
11The Lord will be awesome against them;
# [Isa. 17:4] for he will famish all the gods of the earth,
and #Ps. 22:27 to him shall bow down,
each in its place,
all #See Gen. 10:5the lands of the nations.
12 # [ch. 3:10] You also, O Cushites,
shall be slain by my sword.
13And he will stretch out his hand against the north
# [Isa. 10:12] and destroy Assyria,
and he #Nah. 3:7will make Nineveh a desolation,
a dry waste like the desert.
14 # Isa. 13:21, 22; 34:14 Herds shall lie down in her midst,
all kinds of beasts;#2:14 Hebrew beasts of every nation
# Isa. 34:11 even the owl and the hedgehog#2:14 The identity of the animals rendered owl and hedgehog is uncertain
shall lodge in her capitals;
a voice shall hoot in the window;
devastation will be on the threshold;
for #[Jer. 22:14, 15]her cedar work will be laid bare.
15This is the exultant city
# Isa. 47:8 that lived securely,
that said in her heart,
“I am, and there is no one else.”
What a desolation she has become,
# [Ezek. 25:5] a lair for wild beasts!
# Jer. 19:8 Everyone who passes by her
hisses and #[Nah. 3:19]shakes his fist.

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