20 “‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign(A) Lord says: My anger(B) and my wrath will be poured(C) out on this place—on man and beast, on the trees of the field and on the crops of your land—and it will burn and not be quenched.(D)

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10 I will weep and wail for the mountains
    and take up a lament concerning the wilderness grasslands.(A)
They are desolate and untraveled,
    and the lowing of cattle is not heard.
The birds(B) have all fled
    and the animals are gone.

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How long will the land lie parched(A)
    and the grass in every field be withered?(B)
Because those who live in it are wicked,
    the animals and birds have perished.(C)
Moreover, the people are saying,
    “He will not see what happens to us.”

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Because of this the land dries up,(A)
    and all who live in it waste away;(B)
the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky
    and the fish in the sea are swept away.(C)

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“I will sweep away both man and beast;(A)
    I will sweep away the birds in the sky(B)
    and the fish in the sea—
    and the idols that cause the wicked to stumble.”[a]

“When I destroy all mankind
    on the face of the earth,”(C)
declares the Lord,(D)

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Footnotes

  1. Zephaniah 1:3 The meaning of the Hebrew for this line is uncertain.