An exhortation to repentance.
Zephaniah 2:1 Gather your selues together, yea gather together, O nation not desired. Zephaniah 2:2 Before the decree bring foorth, [before] the day passe as the chaffe, before the fierce anger of the LORD come vpon you, before the day of the LORDS anger come vpon you. Zephaniah 2:3 Seeke ye the LORD all ye meeke of the earth, which haue wrought his iudgement, seeke righteousnesse, seeke meeknesse: it may be, ye shall be hid in the day of the LORDS anger.
The judgment of the Philistines,
Zephaniah 2:4 For Gaza shall bee forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall driue out Ashdod at the noone day, and Ekron shall be rooted vp. Zephaniah 2:5 Woe vnto the inhabitants of the sea coast: the nation of the Cherethites, the word of the LORD [is] against you: O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will euen destroy thee, that there shal be no inhabitant. Zephaniah 2:6 And the sea coast shall bee dwellings [and] cottages for shepheards, and foldes for flockes. Zephaniah 2:7 And the coast shall bee for the remnant of the house of Iudah, they shall feede thereupon, in the houses of Ashkelon shall they lie downe in the euening: for the LORD their God shall visite them, and turne away their captiuitie.
of Moab and Ammon,
Zephaniah 2:8 I haue heard the reproach of Moab, and the reuilings of the children of Ammon, whereby they haue reproched my people, and magnified [themselues] against their border. Zephaniah 2:9 Therefore, as I liue, saith the LORD of hostes the God of Israel, surely Moab shalbe as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah, [euen] the breeding of netles, and salt pits, and a perpetuall desolation, the residue of my people shall spoile them, and the remnant of my people shall possesse them. Zephaniah 2:10 This shall they haue for their pride, because they [haue] reproched and magnified [themselues] against the people of the LORD of hostes. Zephaniah 2:11 The LORD [will be] terrible vnto them: for he will famish all the gods of the earth, and men shall worship him, euery one from his place, [euen] all the Iles of the heathen.
of Ethiopia and Assyria.
Zephaniah 2:12 Ye Ethiopians also, ye shalbe slaine by my sword. Zephaniah 2:13 And he wil stretch out his hand against the North, and destroy Assyria, and wil make Nineueh a desolation, [and] dry like a wildernes. Zephaniah 2:14 And flocks shall lie downe in the midst of her, all the beasts of the nations: both the Cormorant, and the Bitterne, shall lodge in the vpper lintels of it: [their] voice shal sing in the windowes, desolation [shall be] in the thresholds: for he shall vncouer the Cedar worke. Zephaniah 2:15 This is the reioycing citie that dwelt carelessely, that said in her heart, I [am], and there is none beside me: how is shee become a desolation, a place for beasts to lie downe in! euery one that passeth by her, shall hisse [and] wagge his hand.