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Zephaniah Chapter 2

Zephaniah 2:1
2:1 Gather {a} yourselves together, yea, gather together, O
    nation not desired;

    (a) He exhorts them to repentance, and wills them to descend
        into themselves and gather themselves, lest they be
        scattered like chaff.

Zephaniah 2:3
2:3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which {b} have
    wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it
    may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD'S anger.

    (b) That is, who have lived uprightly and godly according as
        he prescribes by his word.

Zephaniah 2:4
2:4 For {c} Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation:
    they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall
    be rooted up.

    (c) He comforts the faithful in that God would change his
        punishments from them to the Philistines their enemies,
        and other nations.

Zephaniah 2:5
2:5 Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea {d} coast, the nation of
    the Cherethites! the word of the LORD [is] against you; O
    Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy
    thee, that there shall be no inhabitant.

    (d) That is, Galilee: by these nations he means the people
        that dwelt near to the Jews, and instead of friendship
        were their enemies: therefore he calls them Canaanites,
        whom the Lord appointed to be slain.

Zephaniah 2:7
2:7 And the coast shall be for the {e} remnant of the house of
    Judah; they shall feed thereupon: in the houses of Ashkelon
    shall they lie down in the evening: for the LORD their God
    shall visit them, and turn away their captivity.

    (e) He shows why God would destroy their enemies, because
        their country would be a resting place for his Church.

Zephaniah 2:8
2:8 I have heard the reproach of Moab, and the revilings of the
    children of Ammon, whereby they have reproached my people,
    and {f} magnified [themselves] against their border.

    (f) These nations presumed to take from the Jews that
        country which the Lord had given them.

Zephaniah 2:11
2:11 The LORD [will be] terrible unto them: {g} for he will
     famish all the gods of the earth; and [men] shall worship
     him, every one from his place, [even] all the isles of the

     (g) When he will deliver his people and destroy their
         enemies and idols, his glory will shine throughout all
         the world.

Zephaniah 2:14
2:14 And flocks shall lie down in the midst of her, all the
     beasts of the nations: both the {h} cormorant and the
     bittern shall lodge in the upper lintels of it; [their]
     voice shall sing in the windows; desolation [shall be] in
     the thresholds: for he shall uncover the cedar work.

     (h) Read Isaiah 34:11

Zephaniah 2:15
2:15 This [is] the {i} rejoicing city that dwelt carelessly,
     that said in her heart, I [am], and [there is] none beside
     me: how is she become a desolation, a place for beasts to
     lie down in! every one that passeth by her shall hiss,
     [and] wag his hand.

     (i) Meaning, Nineveh, which rejoicing so much of her
         strength and prosperity, should be thus made waste, and
         God's people delivered.

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