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          DASV: Zephaniah 2    

1 Gather yourselves together,
     yes, gather together, O shameless nation,
2 before the judgment takes effect,
     before the day blows you away like chaff,
      before the fierce wrath of the LORD comes on you,
      before the day of the LORD's anger comes on you.
3 Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth,
     who have kept his ordinances;
      seek righteousness, seek humility;
     perhaps you will be protected in the day of the LORD's anger.

4 For Gaza will be deserted,
     and Ashkelon a desolation.
      Ashdod’s inhabitants will be driven out at noon,
     and Ekron will be rooted up.
5 Woe to the inhabitants of the seacoast,
     the nation of the Kerethites!
      The word of the LORD is against you,
     O Canaan, the land of the Philistines;
     I will destroy you until there is no inhabitant left.
6 The sea coast will be pastures,
     meadows for shepherds
     and folds for flocks.
7 The coast will belong to the remnant of the house of Judah;
     there they will graze;
      in the evening they will lie down in houses of Ashkelon;
           for the LORD their God will visit them,
     and bring back their prosperity.

8 "I have heard the taunts of Moab,
     and the ridicule of the Ammonites,
           by which they have mocked my people
     and arrogantly threatened their border.
9 Therefore as surely as I live,"
     says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel,
           "Moab will become like Sodom,
     and the Ammonites like Gomorrah.
      They will be overrun by nettles,
     and become salt pits and a permanent wasteland.
      The remnant of my people will plunder them,
     and the remnant of my nation will occupy their inheritance.
10 This is what they will get for their pride,
     because they have reproached and magnified themselves
     against the people of the LORD of hosts.
11 The LORD will terrify them;
     for he will starve all the gods of the earth.
      Then all the people, each in his own place,
     all the coasts and islands of the nations will worship him.

12 You Ethiopians also,
     will be slain by my sword.

13 He will stretch out his hand against the north,
     and destroy Assyria.
      He will make Nineveh a desolate wasteland,
     parched as a desert.
14 Herds will lie down in her midst,
     the wild animals of all kinds.
      The desert owl and screech owl
     will nest on the top of its pillars,
     they will hoot out the windows.
      Ruins will cover the thresholds,
     for he has exposed the cedar work.
15 This is the exuberant city that dwelt so secure,
     that said in her heart,
      'I am it, there is no one who can compare with me,'
      How has she become a desolation,
      a lair for beasts to lie down in!
      Every one that passes by will ridicule her,
     and shake his fist.

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