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11 The Lord will incite them to terror,
    because he will cause all the gods of the earth to waste away.
They will worship him,
    every person in his own home,
        including even the coastlands of the nations.”

The Lord’s Rebuke to Cush and Nineveh

12 “Now as for you, Cush,[a]
    you[b] will surely be slain by my sword!

13 “And the Lord[c] will attack[d] the north, destroying Assyria.
    He will turn Nineveh into a desolate ruin,
        as dry as a desert wilderness.

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  1. Zephaniah 2:12 I.e. Sudan, Ethiopia, or southern Iraq
  2. Zephaniah 2:12 Lit. they
  3. Zephaniah 2:13 Lit. And he
  4. Zephaniah 2:13 Lit. stretch out his hand toward

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.


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


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

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