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Zefaniasʼ Bog 2:1-15

Et kald til omvendelse

1Kom til fornuft, I frafaldne folk,

2før I blæses væk som avner i vinden,

før I rammes af Herrens vrede,

før den afsagte dom bliver udført.

3Søg Herren, alle I, som er ydmyge

og oprigtigt ønsker at adlyde ham.

Ydmyg jer for Herren og gør, hvad der er ret.

Måske vil Herren skåne jer på dommens dag.

Dommen over de omkringboende folkeslag

4Gaza bliver tømt for mennesker,

og Ashkalon bliver lagt øde.

Ashdods befolkning drives bort ved højlys dag,

og Ekron rykkes op med rode.

5Alle I filistre, som bor langs kysten mod syd,2,5 Egentlig „kretere”, et folkeslag, som oprindeligt kom fra Kreta, men blev en del af filistrene. Jf. 1.Sam. 30,14 og Ez. 25,16.

ja, alle I, der bor i Kana’ans land,

det er ude med jer,

for Herrens dom vil ramme jer.

Han siger: „Jeg vil udrydde jer,

og ikke en eneste skal overleve!”

6Kystlandet bliver til græsmarker,

et sted, hvor hyrder og får holder til.

7Dér vil resten af Judas stamme slå sig ned

og lade deres dyr græsse.

De vil lægge sig til hvile i Ashkalons forladte huse,

for Herren deres Gud vil tage sig af dem og velsigne dem igen.

8-9Herren, den Almægtige, Israels Gud, siger:

„Jeg har hørt moabitternes hån

og ammonitternes spot.

De har hånet mit folk

og truet med at overfalde dem.

Derfor, så sandt jeg lever,

skal Moab blive ødelagt som Sodoma,

og Ammon skal blive som Gomorra.

De skal overgros med brændenælder,

fyldes med saltgruber,

og ligge øde hen for evigt.

De, der er tilbage af mit folk,

skal plyndre og overtage deres land.”

10Det er betalingen for deres overmod,

for de har hånet Herrens, den Almægtiges, folk.

11De vil komme til at frygte Herrens magt,

for han vil gøre alle jordens guder til intet.

Alle folkeslag skal tilbede ham,

hvert folk i deres eget land.

12Kushitterne mod syd bliver også sablet ned,

13og det samme gælder landene mod nord.

Herren vil ødelægge Assyrien

og gøre Nineve til en ruinhob,

ubeboelig som en ørken.

14Byen ender som græsgang for får

og tilholdssted for alle mulige dyr.

Hornugler og natugler vil sidde og sove på søjlehovederne,

krager vil skrige fra vinduesåbninger og dørtærskler.

De fornemme cedertræspaneler udsættes for vejr og vind.

15Sådan bliver Nineves skæbne,

den før så stolte og prægtige by.

Den var sikker på sig selv

og følte sig som verdens centrum.

Men nu er den blevet en ruinhob,

et tilholdssted for vilde dyr.

De forbipasserende vil fnyse i foragt,

ryste på hovedet med undrende afsky.

New International Reader's Version

Zephaniah 2:1-15

The Lord Will Judge Judah and Jerusalem Along With the Nations

God Calls Judah to Turn Away From Their Sins

1Gather together,

you shameful nation of Judah!

Gather yourselves together!

2Come together before the Lord’s judgment arrives.

The day of the Lord’s judgment will sweep in

like straw blown by the wind.

Soon the Lord’s great anger will come against you.

The day of his wrath will come against you.

3So look to him, all you people in the land

who worship him faithfully.

You always do what he commands you to do.

Continue to do what is right.

Don’t be proud.

Then perhaps the Lord will keep you safe

on the day he pours out his anger on the world.

A Message About Philistia

4Gaza will be deserted.

Ashkelon will be destroyed.

Ashdod will be emptied out at noon.

Ekron will be pulled up by its roots.

5How terrible it will be for you Kerethites

who live by the Mediterranean Sea!

Philistia, the Lord has spoken against you.

What happened to Canaan will happen to you.

The Lord says, “I will destroy you.

No one will be left.”

6The land by the sea will become grasslands.

It will have wells for shepherds and pens for flocks.

7That land will belong to those who are still left alive

among the people of Judah.

They will find grasslands there.

They will take over

the houses in Ashkelon and live in them.

The Lord their God will take care of them.

He will bless them with great success again.

A Message About Moab and Ammon

8The Lord says,

“I have heard Moab make fun of my people.

The Ammonites also laughed at them.

They told them that bad things

would happen to their land.

9So Moab will become like Sodom,”

announces the Lord who rules over all.

“Ammon will be like Gomorrah.

Weeds and salt pits will cover those countries.

They will be dry and empty deserts forever.

Those who are still left alive among my people

will take all their valuable things.

So they will receive those lands as their own.

And that is just as sure as I am alive.”

The Lord is the God of Israel.

10Moab and Ammon will be judged

because they are so proud.

They made fun of the Lord’s people.

They laughed at them.

11The Lord who rules over all will terrify Moab and Ammon.

He will destroy all the gods on earth.

Then distant nations will bow down to him.

All of them will serve him in their own lands.

A Message About Cush

12The Lord says, “People of Cush,

you too will die by my sword.”

A Message About Assyria

13The Lord will reach out his powerful hand against the north.

He will destroy Assyria.

He’ll leave Nineveh totally empty.

It will be as dry as a desert.

14Flocks and herds will lie down there.

So will creatures of every kind.

Desert owls and screech owls

will rest on its pillars.

The sound of their hooting will echo through the windows.

The doorways will be full of trash.

The cedar beams will be showing.

15Nineveh was a carefree city.

It lived in safety.

It said to itself,

“I am the one!

No one is greater than I am.”

But it has been destroyed.

Wild animals make their home there.

All those who pass by laugh

and shake their fists at it.