Sofonias 2

1 Gather together, gather yourselves together, ¶ you shameful nation,

2 before the decree takes effect and that day passes like windblown chaff, ¶ before the LORD's fierce anger ¶ comes upon you, ¶ before the day of the LORD's wrath ¶ comes upon you.

3 Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. ¶ Seek righteousness, seek humility; ¶ perhaps you will be sheltered ¶ on the day of the LORD's anger.

4 Gaza will be abandoned ¶ and Ashkelon left in ruins. ¶ At midday Ashdod will be emptied ¶ and Ekron uprooted.

5 Woe to you who live by the sea, you Kerethite people; ¶ the word of the LORD is against you, ¶ Canaan, land of the Philistines. ¶ He says, "I will destroy you, ¶ and none will be left."

6 The land by the sea will become pastures having wells for shepherds ¶ and pens for flocks.

7 That land will belong to the remnant of the people of Judah; ¶ there they will find pasture. ¶ In the evening they will lie down ¶ in the houses of Ashkelon. ¶ The LORD their God will care for them; ¶ he will restore their fortunes. [^1]

8 "I have heard the insults of Moab ¶ and the taunts of the Ammonites, ¶ who insulted my people ¶ and made threats against their land.

9 Therefore, as surely as I live," declares the LORD Almighty, ¶ the God of Israel, ¶ "surely Moab will become like Sodom, ¶ the Ammonites like Gomorrah — ¶ a place of weeds and salt pits, ¶ a wasteland forever. ¶ The remnant of my people will plunder them; ¶ the survivors of my nation will inherit their land."

10 This is what they will get in return for their pride, ¶ for insulting and mocking ¶ the people of the LORD Almighty.

11 The LORD will be awesome to them when he destroys all the gods of the earth. ¶ Distant nations will bow down to him, ¶ all of them in their own lands.

12 "You Cushites, [^2] too, ¶ will be slain by my sword."

13 He will stretch out his hand against the north ¶ and destroy Assyria, ¶ leaving Nineveh utterly desolate ¶ and dry as the desert.

14 Flocks and herds will lie down there, creatures of every kind. ¶ The desert owl and the screech owl ¶ will roost on her columns. ¶ Their hooting will echo through the windows, ¶ rubble will fill the doorways, ¶ the beams of cedar will be exposed.

15 This is the city of revelry that lived in safety. ¶ She said to herself, ¶ "I am the one! And there is none besides me." ¶ What a ruin she has become, ¶ a lair for wild beasts! ¶ All who pass by her scoff ¶ and shake their fists.

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