Zephaniah 2
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1  Gather together, gather, O nation without shame,

א  הִתְקוֹשְׁשׁוּ וָקוֹשּׁוּ הַגּוֹי לֹא נִכְסָף׃

2  Before the day the decree is born— The day flies by like chaff— Before the fierce anger Of Hashem overtakes you, Before the day of anger Of Hashem overtakes you.

ב  בְּטֶרֶם לֶדֶת חֹק כְּמֹץ עָבַר יוֹם בְּטֶרֶם לֹא־יָבוֹא עֲלֵיכֶם חֲרוֹן אַף־יְהוָה בְּטֶרֶם לֹא־יָבוֹא עֲלֵיכֶם יוֹם אַף־יְהוָה׃

3  Seek Hashem,All you humble of the landWho have fulfilled His law;Seek righteousness,Seek humility.Perhaps you will find shelterOn the day of Hashem’s anger.

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ג  בַּקְּשׁוּ אֶת־יְהוָה כָּל־עַנְוֵי הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר מִשְׁפָּטוֹ פָּעָלוּ בַּקְּשׁוּ־צֶדֶק בַּקְּשׁוּ עֲנָוָה אוּלַי תִּסָּתְרוּ בְּיוֹם אַף־יְהוָה׃

2:3  Seek Hashem, all you humble of the land

The “humble of the land” are the few who rejected idolatry, quietly serving God in the land of Israel despite the hardships. Tzefanyencourages them to continue their loyalty to Hashem despite the decree of destruction and exile soon to take effect. He uses the command “seek” three times: To seek the Lord, to seek righteousness, and to seek humility. The three go together. One cannot seek God without striving for righteousness, or without behaving with humility, since the way we treat others automatically affects how we treat God. If they continue to seek out Hashem, “Perhaps you will find shelter on the day of Hashem’s anger.” Tzefanyteaches that the safest refuge from God’s anger is with Hashem Himself.2 comments

4  Indeed, Azza shall be deserted And Ashkelon desolate; Ashdod’s people shall be expelled in broad daylight, And Ekron shall be uprooted.

ד  כִּי עַזָּה עֲזוּבָה תִהְיֶה וְאַשְׁקְלוֹן לִשְׁמָמָה אַשְׁדּוֹד בַּצָּהֳרַיִם יְגָרְשׁוּהָ וְעֶקְרוֹן תֵּעָקֵר׃

5  Ah, nation of Cherethites Who inhabit the seacoast! There is a word of Hashem against you, O Canaan, land of the Philistines: I will lay you waste Without inhabitants.

ה  הוֹי יֹשְׁבֵי חֶבֶל הַיָּם גּוֹי כְּרֵתִים דְּבַר־יְהוָה עֲלֵיכֶם כְּנַעַן אֶרֶץ פְּלִשְׁתִּים וְהַאֲבַדְתִּיךְ מֵאֵין יוֹשֵׁב׃

6  The seacoast Cheroth shall become An abode for shepherds and folds for flocks,

ו  וְהָיְתָה חֶבֶל הַיָּם נְוֺת כְּרֹת רֹעִים וְגִדְרוֹת צֹאן׃

7  And shall be a portion for the remnant of the House of Yehuda; On these [pastures] they shall graze [their flocks], They shall lie down at eventide In the houses of Ashkelon. For Hashem their God will take note of them And restore their fortunes.

ז  וְהָיָה חֶבֶל לִשְׁאֵרִית בֵּית יְהוּדָה עֲלֵיהֶם יִרְעוּן בְּבָתֵּי אַשְׁקְלוֹן בָּעֶרֶב יִרְבָּצוּן כִּי יִפְקְדֵם יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵיהֶם וְשָׁב שבותם [שְׁבִיתָם׃]

8  I have heard the insults of Moab And the jeers of the Amonites, Who have insulted My people And gloated over their country.

ח  שָׁמַעְתִּי חֶרְפַּת מוֹאָב וְגִדּוּפֵי בְּנֵי עַמּוֹן אֲשֶׁר חֵרְפוּ אֶת־עַמִּי וַיַּגְדִּילוּ עַל־גְּבוּלָם׃

9  Assuredly, as I live —declares God of Hosts, the God of YisraelMoab shall become like Sodom And the Amonites like Gomorrah: Clumps of weeds and patches of salt, And desolation evermore. The remnant of My people shall plunder them, The remainder o My nation shall possess them.

ט  לָכֵן חַי־אָנִי נְאֻם יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל כִּי־מוֹאָב כִּסְדֹם תִּהְיֶה וּבְנֵי עַמּוֹן כַּעֲמֹרָה מִמְשַׁק חָרוּל וּמִכְרֵה־מֶלַח וּשְׁמָמָה עַד־עוֹלָם שְׁאֵרִית עַמִּי יְבָזּוּם וְיֶתֶר גוי [גּוֹיִי] יִנְחָלוּם׃

10  That is what they’ll get for their haughtiness, For insulting and jeering At the people of God of Hosts.

י  זֹאת לָהֶם תַּחַת גְּאוֹנָם כִּי חֵרְפוּ וַיַּגְדִּלוּ עַל־עַם יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת׃

11  Hashem will show Himself terrible against them, Causing all the gods on earth to shrivel; And all the coastlands of the nations Shall bow down to Him— Every man in his own home.

יא  נוֹרָא יְהוָה עֲלֵיהֶם כִּי רָזָה אֵת כָּל־אֱלֹהֵי הָאָרֶץ וְיִשְׁתַּחֲווּ־לוֹ אִישׁ מִמְּקוֹמוֹ כֹּל אִיֵּי הַגּוֹיִם׃

12  You Cushites too— They shall be slain by My sword.

יב  גַּם־אַתֶּם כּוּשִׁים חַלְלֵי חַרְבִּי הֵמָּה׃

13  And He will stretch out His arm against the north And destroy Assyria; He will make Nineveh a desolation, Arid as the desert.

יג  וְיֵט יָדוֹ עַל־צָפוֹן וִיאַבֵּד אֶת־אַשּׁוּר וְיָשֵׂם אֶת־נִינְוֵה לִשְׁמָמָה צִיָּה כַּמִּדְבָּר׃

14  In it flocks shall lie down, Every species of beast, While jackdaws and owls roost on its capitals, The great owl hoots in the window, And the raven [croaks] on the threshold. For he has stripped its cedarwork bare.

יד  וְרָבְצוּ בְתוֹכָהּ עֲדָרִים כָּל־חַיְתוֹ־גוֹי גַּם־קָאַת גַּם־קִפֹּד בְּכַפְתֹּרֶיהָ יָלִינוּ קוֹל יְשׁוֹרֵר בַּחַלּוֹן חֹרֶב בַּסַּף כִּי אַרְזָה עֵרָה׃

15  Is this the gay city That dwelt secure, That thought in her heart, “I am, and there is none but me”? Alas, she is become a waste, A lair of wild beasts! Everyone who passes by her Hisses and gestures with his hand.

 

טו  זֹאת הָעִיר הָעַלִּיזָה הַיּוֹשֶׁבֶת לָבֶטַח הָאֹמְרָה בִּלְבָבָהּ אֲנִי וְאַפְסִי עוֹד אֵיךְ הָיְתָה לְשַׁמָּה מַרְבֵּץ לַחַיָּה כֹּל עוֹבֵר עָלֶיהָ יִשְׁרֹק יָנִיעַ יָדוֹ׃

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  • “11 The LORD will be terrible unto them; for He will famish all the gods of the earth; then shall all the isles of the nations worship Him every one from its place.”
    All of the earth will know Elohim, the One True God, our Creator and they will worship Him. We know that He will set up His Kingdom in Y’rushalyem. What a glorious day that will be!
    Baruch Hashem.

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