Zephaniah 2

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1 Raccoglietevi, raccoglietevi, o nazione spudorata,

2 prima che il decreto partorisca, e il giorno passi come la pula, prima che vi piombi addosso l’ardente ira dell’Eterno, prima che vi sorprenda il giorno dell’ira dell’Eterno!

3 Cercate l’Eterno, voi tutti, umili della terra, che avete praticato le sue prescrizioni! Cercate la giustizia, cercate l’umiltà! Forse, sarete messi al coperto nel giorno dell’ira dell’Eterno.

4 Poiché Gaza sarà abbandonata, e Askalon ridotta una desolazione; Asdod sarà cacciata in pien mezzogiorno, ed Ekron sarà sradicata.

5 Guai agli abitanti della regione marittima, alla nazione dei Keretei! La parola dell’Eterno è rivolta contro di te, o Canaan, paese de’ Filistei! E io ti distruggerò, sì che nessuno più ti abiterà.

6 E la regione marittima non sarà più che pascoli, grotte di pastori, e chiusi da greggi.

7 E sarà una regione per il resto della casa di Giuda; quivi pascoleranno; la sera si coricheranno nelle case di Askalon, perché l’Eterno, il loro Dio, li visiterà, e li farà tornare dalla cattività.

8 Io ho udito gl’insulti di Moab e gli oltraggi de’ figliuoli d’Ammon, che hanno insultato il mio popolo e si sono ingranditi, invadendo i suoi confini.

9 Perciò, com’è vero ch’io vivo, dice l’Eterno degli eserciti, l’Iddio d’Israele, Moab sarà come Sodoma, e i figliuoli d’Ammon come Gomorra, un dominio d’ortiche, una salina, una desolazione in perpetuo. Il resto del mio popolo li saccheggerà, e il residuo della mia nazione li possederà.

10 Questo avverrà loro per il loro orgoglio, perché hanno insultato e trattato con insolenza il popolo dell’Eterno degli eserciti.

11 L’Eterno sarà terribile contro di loro; perché annienterà tutti gli dèi della terra; e tutte le isole delle nazioni lo adoreranno, ciascuno dal luogo ove si trova.

12 Voi pure, Etiopi, sarete uccisi dalla mia spada.

13 Ed egli stenderà la mano contro il settentrione e distruggerà l’Assiria, e ridurrà Ninive una desolazione, un luogo arido come il deserto.

14 E in mezzo a lei giaceranno greggi e animali d’ogni specie; perfino il pellicano ed il riccio pernotteranno tra i suoi capitelli; s’udranno canti d’uccelli dalle finestre; la devastazione sarà sulle soglie, perché sarà spogliata dei suoi rivestimenti di cedro.

15 Tale sarà la festante città, che se ne sta sicura, e dice in cuor suo: "Io, e nessun altro fuori di me!" Come mai è diventata una desolazione, un ricetto di bestie? Chiunque le passerà vicino fischierà e agiterà la mano.


Exploring the Meaning of Zephaniah 2      

Napsal(a) Joe David

In Zephaniah 2:1-3, the people Zephaniah is talking to (that includes us!), need to change their ways and trust in the Lord and His Word.

In Zephaniah 2:4-7, there's a prophecy that the cities of the Philistines will come to grief and the whole area of the Mediterranean seacoast will be populated only by shepherds and their flocks, and these shepherds will be remnants from the kingdom of Judah. Here, the Philistines represent people who do evil.

In Zephaniah 2:8-10, the peoples who live around the land of Canaan, but not in it (the Moabites and Ammonites), stand for attitudes and evils that can cause temptations to good loves and true ideas. They are compared to Sodom and Gomorrah.

In Zephaniah 2:11... In the minds of people who wish to serve the Lord, those bad attitudes and evils must be destroyed, and with the Lord's help, they can be.

In Zephaniah 2:12-15, there are references to Ethiopia, Assyria, and Ninevah. When Ethiopia is referred to in a negative sense, it refers to people who use knowledges from the Word to confirm false ideas. Similarly, Assyria means reasoning from any knowledge which in this context leads to bad conclusions. And then there's Ninevah. This city means false doctrine, and these verses tell of her fate when judgement comes. Before that its people are proud of its learning, but after the Judgement, it is abandoned and empty.

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Exploring the Meaning of Zephaniah 2      

Napsal(a) Joe David

In Zephaniah 2:1-3, the people Zephaniah is talking to (that includes us!), need to change their ways and trust in the Lord and His Word.

In Zephaniah 2:4-7, there's a prophecy that the cities of the Philistines will come to grief and the whole area of the Mediterranean seacoast will be populated only by shepherds and their flocks, and these shepherds will be remnants from the kingdom of Judah. Here, the Philistines represent people who do evil.

In Zephaniah 2:8-10, the peoples who live around the land of Canaan, but not in it (the Moabites and Ammonites), stand for attitudes and evils that can cause temptations to good loves and true ideas. They are compared to Sodom and Gomorrah.

In Zephaniah 2:11... In the minds of people who wish to serve the Lord, those bad attitudes and evils must be destroyed, and with the Lord's help, they can be.

In Zephaniah 2:12-15, there are references to Ethiopia, Assyria, and Ninevah. When Ethiopia is referred to in a negative sense, it refers to people who use knowledges from the Word to confirm false ideas. Similarly, Assyria means reasoning from any knowledge which in this context leads to bad conclusions. And then there's Ninevah. This city means false doctrine, and these verses tell of her fate when judgement comes. Before that its people are proud of its learning, but after the Judgement, it is abandoned and empty.

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The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 229


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Apocalypse Revealed 34, 340, 483, 502, 567, 704

Doctrine of the Lord 4, 39

Doctrine of the Sacred Scripture 86

True Christian Religion 93, 251


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pula
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ira
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l’eterno
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terra
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giustizia
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umiltà
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gaza
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mezzogiorno
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abitanti
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parola
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canaan
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filistei
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pastori
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casa
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Giuda
City of Judah,' as in Isaiah 40:9, signifies the doctrine of love towards the Lord and love towards our neighbor in its whole extent.

sera
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case
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Dio
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cattività
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udito
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moab
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figliuoli
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ammon
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dice
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eterno
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degli
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eserciti
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Iddio
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d’israele
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israele
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sodoma
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perpetuo
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orgoglio
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isole
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nazioni
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spada
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mano
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settentrione
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ninive
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deserto
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in mezzo a
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mezzo
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pellicano
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finestre
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città
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