Judgment of Judah’s Enemies
1Gather yourselves together! Now gather together,
O nation having no shame!
2Before the birth of the decree,
the day flies away like chaff;
before the fierce anger of Yahweh overtakes you;
before the day of the anger of Yahweh overtakes you.
3Seek Yahweh, all you afflicted of the land
who have fulfilled his law;
Perhaps you will be concealed
on the day of the anger of Yahweh.
4For Gaza will be abandoned,
and Ashkelon as a desolation.
As for Ashdod, at noon they will drive her away,
and Ekron shall be uprooted.
5Woe to you, inhabitants of the region of the sea,
people of the Kerethites!
The word of Yahweh is against you,
O Canaan, land of the Philistines.
I will destroy you until there is no inhabitant.#Literally “from there is not an inhabitant”
6And you, O region of the sea, shall become
pastures and meadows for shepherds
and sheep pens for the flocks.
7And it shall become a region
for the remnant of the house of Judah;
upon them they shall graze,
and in the houses of Ashkelon
they shall lie down in the evening.
For Yahweh their God shall be mindful of them,
and he will restore their fortunes.
8I have heard the reproaches of Moab
and the scorning of the Ammonites,#Literally “sons/children of Ammon”
with which they have taunted my nation
and made boasts against their territory.
9“Therefore, as I live”—a declaration of Yahweh of hosts,
the God of Israel—
“Moab shall be as Sodom,
and the Ammonites#Literally “sons/children of Ammon” like Gomorrah,
a place of weeds and salt pits
and a desolation forever.
The remnant of my people shall plunder them,
and the remainder of my nation shall possess them.”
10This shall be for them in place of their pride
because they mocked and boasted
against the people of Yahweh of hosts.
11Yahweh will be awesome against them,
for he will destroy all the gods of the earth
and all the lands#Or “islands” of the nations;
each in its place will bow down to him.
12You also, O Cushites,
they shall be killed by my sword.
13And he will stretch out his hand against the north,
and he will destroy Assyria
and will make Nineveh a desolation,
a dry wasteland like the desert.
14Herds shall lie down in her midst,
every wild animal of a nation;
even the desert owl and the screech owl
shall lodge on her capitals.
A voice shall hoot in the window;
rubble#The traditional Hebrew text has “waste,” while LXX has “a raven,” reflecting a different word with one consonant changed on the threshold;
for the cedar is laid bare.
15This is the city of rejoicing
that lived securely;
the one saying in her heart,
“I am, and there is none besides me.”#Literally “I am and none me”
How she has become a desolation,
a lair for wild animals!
Everyone who passes by her hisses and shakes his fist.