Zephaniah 2

Turn to the Lord

1You disgraceful nation,

gather around,

2before it's too late.

The Lord has set a time

when his fierce anger

will strike like a storm

and sweep you away.

3If you humbly obey the Lord,

then come and worship him.

If you do right and are humble,

perhaps you will be safe

on that day when the Lord

turns loose his anger.

Judgment on Philistia

4 Gaza and Ashkelon

will be deserted

and left in ruins.

Ashdod will be emptied

in broad daylight,

and Ekron uprooted.

5To you people of Philistia

who live along the coast,

the Lord has this to say:

“I am now your enemy,

and I'll wipe you out!”

6Your seacoast will be changed

into pastureland

and sheep pens.

7The Lord God hasn't forgotten

those survivors in Judah,

and he will help them—

his people will take your land

to use for pasture.

And when evening comes,

they will rest

in houses at Ashkelon.

Judgment on Moab and Ammon

* 8 The Lord All-Powerful,

the God of Israel, said:

I've heard Moab and Ammon

insult my people

and threaten their nation.

9 And so, I swear by my very life

that Moab and Ammon will end up

like Sodom and Gomorrah—

covered with thornbushes

and salt pits forever.

Then my people who survive

will take their land.

10This is how Moab and Ammon

will at last be repaid

for their pride—

and for sneering at the nation

that belongs to me,

the Lord All-Powerful.

11I will fiercely attack.

Then every god on this earth

will shrink to nothing,

and everyone of every nation

will bow down to me,

right where they are.

Judgment on Ethiopia

12 People of Ethiopia,

the sword of the Lord

will slaughter you!

Judgment on Assyria

13 The Lord will reach to the north

to crush Assyria

and overthrow Nineveh.

14Herds of wild animals

will live in its rubble;

all kinds of desert owls

will perch on its stones

and hoot in the windows.

Noisy ravens will be heard

inside its buildings,

stripped bare of cedar.

15This is the glorious city

that felt secure and said,

“I am the only one!”

Now it's merely ruins,

a home for wild animals.

Every passerby simply sneers

and makes vulgar signs.