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2:1  Gather together, gather yourselves together, O shameless nation,
2:2  before you are driven away and disappear like chaff, before you are forced to confront the fierce anger of the Lord, before you are overtaken by the day of the Lord’s anger.
2:3  Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land who obey his commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; then perhaps you may find shelter on the day of the Lord’s anger.
2:4  For Gaza will be deserted and Ashkelon will be reduced to ruins. The people of Ashdod will be driven out at midday, and Ekron will be uprooted.
2:5  Woe to you inhabitants of the seacoast, you nation of the Cherethites. This is the word of the Lord against you: “I will destroy you, land of the Philistines, until not a single inhabitant remains.”
2:6  The coastland of the Cretans will be reduced to pastures, to grazing grounds for shepherds and folds for flocks.
2:7  And the coastland will become the possession of the remnant of the house of Judah. They will pasture their flocks there, and when evening arrives they will lie down in the houses at Ashkelon. For the Lord, their God, will be mindful of them and restore their fortunes.
2:8  “I have heard the insults of Moab and the taunts of the Ammonites when they reviled my people and threatened their frontiers.
2:9  Therefore, as I live,” says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, “Moab will become like Sodom and the Ammonites like Gomorrah: a land filled with nettles and salt pits, a wasteland forevermore. The remnant of my people will plunder them, and the survivors of my nation will dispossess them.”
2:10  This will be the price they pay for their pride, inasmuch as they insulted and mocked the people of the Lord of hosts.
2:11  The Lord will fill them with fear when he causes all the gods of the earth to waste away. Then all the coasts and the islands of the nations shall worship him, each from its own territory.
2:12  You also, O Ethiopians, will be killed by the sword of the Lord.
2:13  And he will stretch out his hand against the north and destroy Assyria. He will make Nineveh a wasteland, as arid as the desert.
2:14  Flocks and herds will lie down there, creatures of every kind. The desert owl and the screech owl will roost on her columns; will hoot at the window while the raven croaks at the doorway.
2:15  Is this the exultant city that once took pride in its security, that said to itself, “I am supreme, without an equal”? And what now has it come to? It is nothing but a desolate waste, a lair for wild animals, at which every passer-by will hiss and shake his fist.