Before the decree [a]takes effect—
The day passes (A)like the chaff—
Before the (B)burning anger of the Lord comes upon you,
Before the (C)day of the Lord’s anger comes upon you.
(D)Seek the Lord,
All you (E)humble of the [b]earth
Who have carried out His [c]ordinances;
(F)Seek righteousness, seek humility.
Perhaps you will be (G)hidden
In the day of the Lord’s anger.

For (H)Gaza will be abandoned
And Ashkelon a desolation;
(I)Ashdod will be driven out at noon
And (J)Ekron will be uprooted.

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  1. Zephaniah 2:2 Lit is born
  2. Zephaniah 2:3 Or land
  3. Zephaniah 2:3 Or justice

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.
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.


Gaza(H) will be abandoned
    and Ashkelon(I) left in ruins.
At midday Ashdod will be emptied
    and Ekron uprooted.

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