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Zephaniah 2:13-15 New Century Version (NCV)

13 Then the Lord will turn against the north
    and destroy Assyria.
He will make Nineveh
    a ruin as dry as a desert.
14 Flocks and herds will lie down there,
    and all wild animals.
The owls and crows will sit
    on the stone pillars.
The owl will hoot through the windows,
    trash will be in the doorways,
    and the wooden boards of the buildings will be gone.
15 This is the happy and safe city
    that thinks there is no one else as strong as it is.
But what a ruin it will be,
    a place where wild animals live.
All those who pass by will make fun
    and shake their fists.

New Century Version (NCV)

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Zephaniah 2:13-15 New International Version (NIV)

Assyria

13 He will stretch out his hand against the north
    and destroy Assyria,
leaving Nineveh utterly desolate
    and dry as the desert.
14 Flocks and herds will lie down there,
    creatures of every kind.
The desert owl and the screech owl
    will roost on her columns.
Their hooting will echo through the windows,
    rubble will fill the doorways,
    the beams of cedar will be exposed.
15 This is the city of revelry
    that lived in safety.
She said to herself,
    “I am the one! And there is none besides me.”
What a ruin she has become,
    a lair for wild beasts!
All who pass by her scoff
    and shake their fists.

New International Version (NIV)

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