Bible: Zephaniah 2:4-15

Judgment on Surrounding Nations

2:4 Indeed, 1  Gaza will be deserted 2 

and Ashkelon will become a heap of ruins. 3 

Invaders will drive away the people of Ashdod by noon, 4 

and Ekron will be overthrown. 5 

2:5 Those who live by the sea, the people who came from Crete, 6  are as good as dead. 7 

The Lord has decreed your downfall, 8  Canaan, land of the Philistines:

“I will destroy everyone who lives there! 9 

2:6 The seacoast 10  will be used as pasture lands 11  by the shepherds

and as pens for their flocks.

2:7 Those who are left from the kingdom of Judah 12  will take possession of it. 13 

By the sea 14  they 15  will graze,

in the houses of Ashkelon they will lie down in the evening,

for the Lord their God will intervene for them 16  and restore their prosperity. 17 

2:8I have heard Moab’s taunts

and the Ammonitesinsults.

They 18  taunted my people

and verbally harassed those living in Judah. 19 

2:9 Therefore, as surely as I live,” says the Lord who commands armies, the God of Israel,

be certain that Moab will become like Sodom

and the Ammonites like Gomorrah.

They will be overrun by weeds, 20 

filled with salt pits, 21 

and permanently desolate.

Those of my people who are left 22  will plunder their belongings; 23 

those who are left in Judah 24  will take possession of their land.”

2:10 This is how they will be repaid for their arrogance, 25 

for they taunted and verbally harassed 26  the people of the Lord who commands armies.

2:11 The Lord will terrify them, 27 

for 28  he will weaken 29  all the gods of the earth.

All the distant nations will worship the Lord in their own lands. 30 

2:12You 31  Ethiopians 32  will also die by my sword! 33 

2:13 The Lord 34  will attack the north 35 

and destroy Assyria.

He will make Nineveh a heap of ruins;

it will be as barren 36  as the desert.

2:14 Flocks and herds 37  will lie down in the middle of it,

as well as every kind of wild animal. 38 

Owls 39  will sleep in the tops of its support pillars;

they will hoot through the windows. 40 

Rubble will cover the thresholds; 41 

even the cedar work 42  will be exposed to the elements. 43 

2:15 This is how the once-proud city will end up 44 

the city that was so secure. 45 

She thought to herself, 46  “I am unique! No one can compare to me!” 47 

What a heap of ruins she has become, a place where wild animals live!

Everyone who passes by her taunts her 48  and shakes his fist. 49 

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