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Zephaniah 2:1–3

Judgment on Judah’s Enemies

Gather together, yes, gather,

O sshameless nation,

tbefore the decree takes effect1

—before the day passes away ulike chaff—

vbefore there comes upon you

the burning anger of the Lord,

before there comes upon you

the day of the anger of the Lord.

wSeek the Lord, xall you humble of the land,

who do his just commands;2

yseek righteousness; seek humility;

yperhaps zyou may be hidden

on the day of the anger of the Lord.

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Zephaniah 2:1–3 — The New International Version (NIV)

Gather together, gather yourselves together,

you shameful nation,

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.

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.

Zephaniah 2:1–3 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired;

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.

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.

Zephaniah 2:1–3 — New Living Translation (NLT)

Gather together—yes, gather together,

you shameless nation.

Gather before judgment begins,

before your time to repent is blown away like chaff.

Act now, before the fierce fury of the Lord falls

and the terrible day of the Lord’s anger begins.

Seek the Lord, all who are humble,

and follow his commands.

Seek to do what is right

and to live humbly.

Perhaps even yet the Lord will protect you—

protect you from his anger on that day of destruction.

Zephaniah 2:1–3 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

Gather yourselves together, yes, gather together,

O undesirable nation,

Before the decree is issued,

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!

Seek the Lord, all you meek of the earth,

Who have upheld His justice.

Seek righteousness, seek humility.

It may be that you will be hidden

In the day of the Lord’s anger.

Zephaniah 2:1–3 — New Century Version (NCV)

Gather together, gather,

you unwanted people.

Do it before it’s too late,

before you are blown away like chaff,

before the Lord’s terrible anger reaches you,

before the day of the Lord’s anger comes to you.

Come to the Lord, all you who are not proud,

who obey his laws.

Do what is right. Learn to be humble.

Maybe you will escape

on the day the Lord shows his anger.

Zephaniah 2:1–3 — American Standard Version (ASV 1901)

Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation that hath no shame; before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of Jehovah come upon you, before the day of Jehovah’s anger come upon you. Seek ye Jehovah, all ye meek of the earth, that have kept his ordinances; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye will be hid in the day of Jehovah’s anger.

Zephaniah 2:1–3 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

Collect yourselves and gather together, O nation without shame, before the decree bring forth, before the day pass away as chaff, before the fierce anger of Jehovah come upon you, before the day of Jehovah’s anger come upon you. Seek Jehovah, all ye meek of the land, who have performed his ordinance; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of Jehovah’s anger.

Zephaniah 2:1–3 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Gather yourselves together! 

Yes, gather together, you shameless nation, 

before the decree is carried out 

⸤and⸥ the day passes like windblown husks, 

before the Lord’s burning anger comes to you, 

before the day of the Lord’s anger comes to you. 

Search for the Lord, all you humble people in the land 

who carry out his justice. 

Search for what is right. 

Search for humility. 

Maybe you will find shelter on the day of the Lord’s anger. 

Zephaniah 2:1–3 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Gather yourselves together;

gather together, undesirable nation,

before the decree takes effect

and the day passes like chaff,

before the burning of the Lord’s anger overtakes you,

before the day of the Lord’s anger overtakes you.

Seek the Lord, all you humble of the earth,

who carry out what He commands.

Seek righteousness, seek humility;

perhaps you will be concealed

on the day of the Lord’s anger.

Zephaniah 2:1–3 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Gather together, gather,

O shameless nation,

before you are driven away

like the drifting chaff,

before there comes upon you

the fierce anger of the Lord,

before there comes upon you

the day of the Lord’s wrath.

Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land,

who do his commands;

seek righteousness, seek humility;

perhaps you may be hidden

on the day of the Lord’s wrath.

Zephaniah 2:1–3 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

Gather yourselves together! Now gather together,

O nation having no shame!

Before the birth of the decree,

the day flies away like chaff;

before the fierce anger of Yahweh overtakes you;

before the day of the anger of Yahweh overtakes you.

Seek Yahweh, all you afflicted of the land

who have fulfilled his law;

seek righteousness;

seek humility.

Perhaps you will be concealed

on the day of the anger of Yahweh.

Zephaniah 2:1–3 — New International Reader’s Version (1998) (NIrV)

Gather your people together,

you shameful nation of Judah!

Gather them together!

Come together before the appointed time arrives.

The day of the Lord will sweep in

like straw blown by the wind.

Soon the Lord’s anger will burn against you.

The day of his anger will come on you.

So look to him, all of you people in the land

who worship him faithfully.

You always do what he commands you to do.

Continue to do what is right.

Don’t be proud.

Then perhaps the Lord will keep you safe

on the day he pours out his anger on the world.

Zephaniah 2:1–3 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

Gather yourselves together, yes, gather,

O nation without shame,

Before the decree takes effect

The day passes like the chaff

Before the burning anger of the Lord comes upon you,

Before the day of the Lord’s anger comes upon you.

Seek the Lord,

All you humble of the earth

Who have carried out His ordinances;

Seek righteousness, seek humility.

Perhaps you will be hidden

In the day of the Lord’s anger.


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