Before the decree takes effect [and the time for repentance is lost]—
The day passes like the chaff [whirled by the wind]—
Before the burning and fierce anger of the Lord comes upon you,
Before the day of the wrath of the Lord comes upon you.
Seek the Lord [search diligently for Him and regard Him as the foremost necessity of your life],
All you humble of the land
Who have practiced His ordinances and have kept His commandments;
Seek righteousness, seek humility [regard them as vital].
Perhaps you will be hidden [and pardoned and rescued]
In the day of the Lord’s anger.
For [this is the fate of the Philistines:] Gaza will be abandoned
And Ashkelon a desolation;
[The people of] Ashdod will be driven out at noon [in broad daylight]
And Ekron will be uprooted and destroyed.
New International Version
2 before the decree takes effect
and that day passes like windblown chaff,(A)
before the Lord’s fierce anger(B)
comes upon you,
before the day of the Lord’s wrath(C)
comes upon you.
3 Seek(D) the Lord, all you humble of the land,
you who do what he commands.
Seek righteousness,(E) seek humility;(F)
perhaps you will be sheltered(G)
on the day of the Lord’s anger.