2 Gather ayourselves together, yes, gather together,
O 1undesirable nation,
Or the day passes like chaff,
Before the Lord’s fierce anger comes upon you,
Before the day of the Lord’s anger comes upon you!
Who have upheld His justice.
Seek righteousness, seek humility.
dIt may be that you will be hidden
In the day of the Lord’s anger.
4 For eGaza shall be forsaken,
And Ashkelon desolate;
They shall drive out Ashdod fat noonday,
And Ekron shall be uprooted.
5 Woe to the inhabitants of gthe seacoast,
The nation of the Cherethites!
The word of the Lord is against you,
O hCanaan, land of the Philistines:
“I will destroy you;
So there shall be no inhabitant.”
7 The coast shall be for jthe remnant of the house of Judah;
They shall feed their flocks there;
In the houses of Ashkelon they shall lie down at evening.
And lreturn their captives.
8 “I mhave heard the reproach of Moab,
And nthe insults of the people of Ammon,
With which they have reproached My people,
And omade arrogant threats against their borders.
Says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel,
“Surely pMoab shall be like Sodom,
And qthe people of Ammon like Gomorrah—
And a 5perpetual desolation.
The residue of My people shall plunder them,
And the remnant of My people shall possess them.”
10 This they shall have sfor their pride,
Because they have reproached and made arrogant threats
Against the people of the Lord of hosts.
For He will reduce to nothing all the gods of the earth;
tPeople shall worship Him,
Each one from his place,
Indeed all uthe shores of the nations.
12 “You vEthiopians also,
You shall be slain by wMy sword.”
And make Nineveh a desolation,
As dry as the wilderness.
yEvery beast of the nation.
Both the zpelican and the bittern
Shall lodge on the capitals of her pillars;
Their voice shall sing in the windows;
Desolation shall be at the threshold;
For He will lay bare the acedar work.
bThat dwelt securely,
cThat said in her heart,
“I am it, and there is none besides me.”
How has she become a desolation,
A place for beasts to lie down!
Everyone who passes by her
Underground huts or cisterns, lit. excavations
Lit. visit them
Lit. Possessed by nettles
Or permanent ruin