Gather yourselves together, yes, agather, O nation bwithout shame,
Before the decree takes effect-- The day passes alike the chaff-- Before the bburning anger of the Lord comes upon you, Before the cday of the Lord'S anger comes upon you.
aSeek the Lord, All you bhumble of the earth Who have carried out His ordinances; cSeek righteousness, seek humility. Perhaps you will be dhidden In the day of the Lord'S anger.
For aGaza will be abandoned And Ashkelon a desolation; aAshdod will be driven out at noon And aEkron will be uprooted.
Woe to the inhabitants of the seacoast, The nation of the aCherethites! The word of the Lord is bagainst you, O cCanaan, land of the Philistines; And I will ddestroy you So that there will be eno inhabitant.
So the seacoast will be apastures, With caves for shepherds and folds for flocks.
And the coast will be For the aremnant of the house of Judah, They will bpasture on it. In the houses of Ashkelon they will lie down at evening; For the Lord their God will ccare for them And drestore their fortune.
"I have heard the ataunting of Moab And the brevilings of the sons of Ammon, With which they have taunted My people And cbecome arrogant against their territory.
"Therefore, as I live," declares the Lord of hosts, The God of Israel, "Surely aMoab will be like bSodom And the sons of cAmmon like dGomorrah-- A place possessed by nettles and salt pits, And a perpetual desolation. The remnant of My people will eplunder them And the remainder of My nation will inherit them."
This they will have in return for their apride, because they have btaunted and become arrogant against the people of the Lord of hosts.
The Lord will be aterrifying to them, for He will starve ball the gods of the earth; and all the ccoastlands of the nations will dbow down to Him, everyone from his own place.
"You also, O aEthiopians, will be slain by My sword."
And He will astretch out His hand against the north And destroy bAssyria, And He will make cNineveh a desolation, Parched like the wilderness.
Flocks will lie down in her midst, All beasts which range in herds; Both the apelican and the hedgehog Will lodge in the tops of her pillars; Birds will sing in the window, Desolation will be on the threshold; For He has laid bare the cedar work.
This is the aexultant city Which bdwells securely, Who says in her heart, "cI am, and there is no one besides me." How she has become a ddesolation, A resting place for beasts! eEveryone who passes by her will hiss And wave his hand in contempt.