2 1Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation that
hath no shame;
2before 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.
3Seek 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.
Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation; they shall drive out
Ashdod at noonday, and Ekron shall be rooted up.
5Woe unto the
inhabitants of the sea-coast, the nation of the Cherethites! The word of
Jehovah is against you, O Canaan, the land of the Philistines; I will destroy
thee, that there shall be no inhabitant.
6And the sea-coast shall be
pastures, with cottages for shepherds and folds for flocks.
coast shall be for the remnant of the house of Judah; they shall feed
their flocks thereupon; in the houses of Ashkelon shall they lie down
in the evening; for Jehovah their God will visit them, and bring back their
8I have heard the reproach of Moab, and the revilings of the
children of Ammon, wherewith they have reproached my people, and magnified
themselves against their border.
9Therefore as I live, saith Jehovah of
hosts, the God of Israel, Surely Moab shall be as Sodom, and the children of
Ammon as Gomorrah, a possession of nettles, and saltpits, and a perpetual
desolation: the residue of my people shall make a prey of them, and the
remnant of my nation shall inherit them.
10This shall they have for their
pride, because they have reproached and magnified themselves against the
people of Jehovah of hosts.
11Jehovah 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 nations.
12Ye Ethiopians also,
ye shall be slain by my sword.
13And he will stretch out his hand against
the north, and destroy Assyria, and will make Nineveh a desolation, and dry
like the wilderness.
14And herds shall lie down in the midst of her, all
the beasts of the nations: both the pelican and the porcupine shall lodge in
the capitals thereof; their voice shall sing in the windows;
desolation shall be in the thresholds: for he hath laid bare the cedar-work.
15This is the joyous city that dwelt carelessly, that said in her heart,
I am, and there is none besides 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