Gather together,1 gather together, O shameful2 nation,
before the appointed time arrives and that day sweeps on like chaff,3 before the fierce anger4 of the LORD comes upon you, before the day of the LORD's wrath5 comes upon you.
Seek6 the LORD, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. Seek righteousness,7 seek humility;8 perhaps you will be sheltered9 on the day of the LORD's anger.
Gaza10 will be abandoned and Ashkelon11 left in ruins. At midday Ashdod will be emptied and Ekron uprooted.
Woe to you who live by the sea, O Kerethite12 people; the word of the LORD is against you,13 O Canaan, land of the Philistines. "I will destroy you, and none will be left."146
The land by the sea, where the Kerethitesa dwell, will be a place for shepherds and sheep pens.157
It will belong to the remnant16 of the house of Judah; there they will find pasture. In the evening they will lie down in the houses of Ashkelon. The LORD their God will care for them; he will restore their fortunes.b17