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11 The Lord will ·frighten [terrify; be awesome against] them,
    because he will ·destroy [or weaken; or starve] all the gods of the earth.
Then everyone in ·faraway places [or the coastlands of the nations]
    will ·worship [bow down to] him wherever they are.

Cush and Assyria Will Be Destroyed

12 “You ·Cushites [Ethiopians] also
    will be ·killed [slain] by my sword.”
13 Then the Lord will ·turn [L stretch out his hand] against the north
    and destroy Assyria.
He will make Nineveh
    a ·ruin [desolation] as dry as a desert.

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11 The Lord will be awesome(A) to them
    when he destroys all the gods(B) of the earth.(C)
Distant nations will bow down to him,(D)
    all of them in their own lands.

Cush

12 “You Cushites,[a](E) too,
    will be slain by my sword.(F)

Assyria

13 He will stretch out his hand against the north
    and destroy Assyria,(G)
leaving Nineveh(H) utterly desolate
    and dry as the desert.(I)

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Footnotes

  1. Zephaniah 2:12 That is, people from the upper Nile region

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