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Zephaniah 2:9


Therefore, as surely as I live,” says the Lord who commands armies, the God of Israel, “be certain that Moab will become like Sodom and the Ammonites like Gomorrah. They will be overrun by weeds, 1  filled with salt pits, 2  and permanently desolate. Those of my people who are left 3  will plunder their belongings; 4  those who are left in Judah 5  will take possession of their land.”


Ge 19:24,25; Nu 14:21; De 29:23; Isa 11:14; Isa 13:19,20; Isa 15:1-16:14; Isa 25:10; Isa 34:9-13; Isa 49:18; Jer 46:18; Jer 48:1-49:7; Jer 49:18; Jer 50:40; Eze 25:1-26:21; Joe 3:19,20; Am 1:13-15; Am 2:1-3; Mic 5:7,8; Zep 2:7; Zep 2:14; Zep 3:13; Ro 14:11

NET © Notes

tn The Hebrew text reads מִמְשַׁק חָרוּל (mimshaq kharul, “[?] of weeds”). The meaning of the first word is unknown. The present translation (“They will be overrun by weeds”) is speculative, based on the general sense of the context. For a defense of “overrun” on linguistic grounds, see R. D. Patterson, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah (WEC), 347. Cf. NEB “a pile of weeds”; NIV “a place of weeds”; NRSV “a land possessed by nettles.”

tn The Hebrew text reads וּמִכְרֵה־מֶלַח (umikhreh-melakh, “and a [?] of salt”). The meaning of the first word is unclear, though “pit” (NASB, NIV, NRSV; NKJV “saltpit”), “mine,” and “heap” (cf. NEB “a rotting heap of saltwort”) are all options. The words “filled with” are supplied for clarification.

tn Or “The remnant of my people.”

tn Heb “them.” The actual object of the plundering, “their belongings,” has been specified in the translation for clarity.

tn Heb “[the] nation.” For clarity the “nation” has been specified as “Judah” in the translation.

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