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11 Those people will be afraid of the Lord.
    He will destroy all the gods of the earth.
Then those people in faraway places
    will worship the Lord in their own countries.

Cush and Assyria Will Be Destroyed

12 “You Cushites also
    will be killed by my sword.”
13 Then the Lord will turn against the north
    and punish Assyria.
He will destroy Nineveh.
    It will be dry like 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

11 The Lord will be terrible unto them: 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 heathen.

12 Ye Ethiopians also, ye shall be slain by my sword.

13 And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria; and will make Nineveh a desolation, and dry like a wilderness.

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11 The Lord will be awesome to them,
For He will reduce to nothing all the gods of the earth;
(A)People shall worship Him,
Each one from his place,
Indeed all (B)the shores of the nations.

12 “You(C) Ethiopians also,
You shall be slain by (D)My sword.”

13 And He will stretch out His hand against the north,
(E)Destroy Assyria,
And make Nineveh a desolation,
As dry as the wilderness.

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