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Zephaniah 2:11-13 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

11 I will fiercely attack.
Then every god on this earth
    will shrink to nothing,
and everyone of every nation
will bow down to me,
    right where they are.

Judgment on Ethiopia

12 People of Ethiopia,[a]
the sword of the Lord
    will slaughter you!

Judgment on Assyria

13 The Lord will reach to the north
to crush Assyria
    and overthrow Nineveh.[b]


  1. 2.12 Ethiopia: The Hebrew text has “Cush,” which was a region south of Egypt that included parts of the present countries of Ethiopia and Sudan.
  2. 2.13 Nineveh: The capital of Assyria; Nineveh was protected by a moat filled with water from the nearby Tigris River.

Zephaniah 2:11-13 New International Version (NIV)

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


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


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


  1. Zephaniah 2:12 That is, people from the upper Nile region
New International Version (NIV)

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