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Zephaniah 2
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A Call to Repentance

2Gather together—yes, gather together, you shameless nation.H7197H7197H1471H3700 2Gather before judgment begins, before your time to repent is blown away like chaff. Act now, before the fierce fury of the Lord falls and the terrible day of the Lord’s anger begins.H2706H3205H3117H5674H4671H3808H2740H639H3068H935H3117H3068H639H935 3Seek the Lord, all who are humble, and follow his commands. Seek to do what is right and to live humbly. Perhaps even yet the Lord will protect you—protect you from his anger on that day of destruction.H1245H3068H6035H776H6466H4941H1245H6664H1245H6038H194H5641H3117H3068H639

Judgment against Philistia

4Gaza and Ashkelon will be abandoned, Ashdod and Ekron torn down.H5804H5800H831H8077H1644H795H6672H6138H6131 5And what sorrow awaits you Philistines who live along the coast and in the land of Canaan, for this judgment is against you, too! The Lord will destroy you until not one of you is left.H1945H3427H3220H2256H1471H3774H1697H3068H3667H776H6430H6H3427 6The Philistine coast will become a wilderness pasture, a place of shepherd camps and enclosures for sheep and goats.H3220H2256H5116H3741H7462H1448H6629 7The remnant of the tribe of Judah will pasture there. They will rest at night in the abandoned houses in Ashkelon. For the Lord their God will visit his people in kindness and restore their prosperity again.H2256H7611H1004H3063H7462H1004H831H7257H6153H3068H430H6485H7725H7622H7622

Judgment against Moab and Ammon

8“I have heard the taunts of the Moabites and the insults of the Ammonites, mocking my people and invading their borders.H8085H2781H4124H1421H1121H5983H2778H5971H1431H1366 9Now, as surely as I live,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, “Moab and Ammon will be destroyed—destroyed as completely as Sodom and Gomorrah. Their land will become a place of stinging nettles, salt pits, and eternal desolation. The remnant of my people will plunder them and take their land.”H2416H5002H3068H6635H430H3478H4124H5467H1121H5983H6017H4476H2738H4379H4417H5704H5769H8077H7611H5971H962H3499H1471H5157 10They will receive the wages of their pride, for they have scoffed at the people of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.H1347H2778H1431H5971H3068H6635 11The Lord will terrify them as he destroys all the gods in the land. Then nations around the world will worship the Lord, each in their own land.H3068H3372H7329H430H776H7812H376H4725H339H1471

Judgment against Ethiopia and Assyria

12“You Ethiopians will also be slaughtered by my sword,” says the Lord.H3569H1992H2491H2719 13And the Lord will strike the lands of the north with his fist, destroying the land of Assyria. He will make its great capital, Nineveh, a desolate wasteland, parched like a desert.H5186H3027H6828H6H804H7760H5210H8077H6723H4057 14The proud city will become a pasture for flocks and herds, and all sorts of wild animals will settle there. The desert owl and screech owl will roost on its ruined columns, their calls echoing through the gaping windows. Rubble will block all the doorways, and the cedar paneling will be exposed to the weather.H5739H7257H8432H2416H1471H6893H7090H3885H3730H6963H7891H2474H2721H5592H6168H731 15This is the boisterous city, once so secure. “I am the greatest!” it boasted. “No other city can compare with me!” But now, look how it has become an utter ruin, a haven for wild animals. Everyone passing by will laugh in derision and shake a defiant fist.H5947H5892H3427H983H559H3824H657H8047H2416H4769H5674H8319H5128H3027


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