Bible: Zephaniah 2:4-3:7
Judgment on Surrounding Nations
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
“I will destroy everyone who lives there!” 9
and as pens for their flocks.
in the houses of Ashkelon they will lie down in the evening,
2:8 “I have heard Moab’s taunts
and the Ammonites’ insults.
They 18 taunted my people
and verbally harassed those living in Judah. 19
2:9 Therefore, as surely as I live,” says the
“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 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
All the distant nations will worship the
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
2:15 This is how the once-proud city will end up 44 –
the city that was so secure. 45
What a heap of ruins she has become, a place where wild animals live!
Jerusalem is Corrupt
3:1 The filthy, 50 stained city is as good as dead;
the city filled with oppressors is finished! 51
3:2 She is disobedient; 52
she refuses correction. 53
She does not trust the
she does not seek the advice of 54 her God.
who completely devour their prey by morning. 59
3:4 Her prophets are proud; 60
they are deceitful men.
Her priests defile what is holy; 61
they break God’s laws. 62
3:5 The just
he commits no unjust acts. 64
Every morning he reveals 65 his justice.
At dawn he appears without fail. 66
Yet the unjust know no shame.
The Lord’s Judgment will Purify
3:6 “I destroyed 67 nations;
their walled cities 68 are in ruins.
I turned their streets into ruins;
no one passes through them.
Their cities are desolate; 69
no one lives there. 70
Now you will accept correction!’
by all the punishments I have threatened. 75
But they eagerly sinned
in everything they did. 76