Zephaniah 2:4-7 NIV

Against Philistia

4 Gaza1 will be abandoned and Ashkelon2 left in ruins. At midday Ashdod will be emptied and Ekron uprooted.

References for Zephaniah 2:4

5 Woe to you who live by the sea, O Kerethite3 people; the word of the LORD is against you,4 O Canaan, land of the Philistines. "I will destroy you, and none will be left."5

References for Zephaniah 2:5

6 The land by the sea, where the Kerethitesa dwell, will be a place for shepherds and sheep pens.6

References for Zephaniah 2:6

    • a 2:6 - The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
      7 It will belong to the remnant7 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.b8

      References for Zephaniah 2:7

        • b 2:7 - Or "will bring back their captives"