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13 And he will stretch out his hand against the north,
    and destroy Assyria;
and he will make Nin′eveh a desolation,
    a dry waste like the desert.
14 Herds shall lie down in the midst of her,
    all the beasts of the field;[a]
the vulture[b] and the hedgehog
    shall lodge in her capitals;
the owl[c] shall hoot in the window,
    the raven[d] croak on the threshold;
    for her cedar work will be laid bare.
15 This is the exultant city
    that dwelt secure,
that said to herself,
    “I am and there is none else.”
What a desolation she has become,
    a lair for wild beasts!
Every one who passes by her
    hisses and shakes his fist.

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Footnotes

  1. Zephaniah 2:14 Tg Compare Gk: Heb nation
  2. Zephaniah 2:14 The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
  3. Zephaniah 2:14 Cn: Heb a voice
  4. Zephaniah 2:14 Gk Vg: Heb desolation