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2:1 Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired; 2:2 Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before the day of the LORD's anger come upon you.
2:3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD's anger.
2:4 For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up.
2:5 Woe unto 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 even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant.
2:6 And the sea coast shall be dwellings and cottages for shepherds, and folds for flocks.
2:7 And the coast shall be for the remnant of the house of Judah; they shall feed thereupon: in the houses of Ashkelon shall they lie down in the evening: for the LORD their God shall visit them, and turn away their captivity.
2:8 I have heard the reproach of Moab, and the revilings of the children of Ammon, whereby they have reproached my people, and magnified themselves against their border.
2:9 Therefore as I live, saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Surely Moab shall be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah, even the breeding of nettles, and saltpits, and a perpetual desolation: the residue of my people shall spoil them, and the remnant of my people shall possess them.
2:10 This shall they have for their pride, because they have reproached and magnified themselves against the people of the LORD of hosts.
2:11 The LORD will be terrible unto them: for he will famish all the gods of the earth; and men shall worship him, every one from his place, even all the isles of the heathen.
2:12 Ye Ethiopians also, ye shall be slain by my sword.
2:13 And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria; and will make Nineveh a desolation, and dry like a wilderness.
2:14 And flocks shall lie down in the midst of her, all the beasts of the nations: both the cormorant and the bittern shall lodge in the upper lintels of it; their voice shall sing in the windows; desolation shall be in the thresholds; for he shall uncover the cedar work.
2:15 This is the rejoicing city that dwelt carelessly, that said in her heart, I am, and there is none beside me: how is she become a desolation, a place for beasts to lie down in! every one that passeth by her shall hiss, and wag his hand.

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Everything King James Bible:Zephaniah
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Zephaniah
Book: Zephaniah
Chapter: 2

An exhortation to Repentance. (1-3) Judgments upon other
nations. (4-15)

1-3 The Prophet calls to national Repentance, as the only way
to prevent national ruin. A nation not desiring, that has not
desires toward God, is not desirous of his favour and Grace, has
No mind to repent and reform. Or, not desirable, not having any
thing to recommend them to God; to whom God might justly say,
Depart from me; but he says, Gather together to me that you may
seek my Face. We know what God's decree will bring against
impenitent sinners, therefore it highly concerns all to repent
in the accepted time. How careful should we all be to seek peace
with God, before the Holy Spirit withdraws from us, or ceases to
strive with us; before the Day of Grace is over, or the Day of
Life; before our Everlasting state is determined! Let the Poor,
despised, and afflicted, seek the Lord, and seek to understand
and keep his Commandments better, that they may be more humbled
for their sins. The chief Hope of deliverance from national
judgments rests upon Prayer.

4-15 Those are really in a woeful condition who have the Word of
the Lord against them, for No Word of his shall fall to the
ground. God will restore his people to their rights, though long
kept from them. It has been the common Lot of God's people, in
all ages, to be reproached and reviled. God shall be worshipped,
not only By all Israel, and the strangers who join them, but By
the Heathen. Remote nations must be reckoned with for the wrongs
done to God's people. The sufferings of the insolent and haughty
in prosperity, are unpitied and unlamented. But all the
desolations of flourishing nations will make way for the
overturning Satan's kingdom. Let us improve our advantages, and
expect the performance of every promise, praying that our
Father's name may be hallowed every where, over all the Earth.

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