Zephaniah 2:1-2. Gather yourselves together, &c. Assemble yourselves to make a public humiliation: see Joel 2:16. O nation not desired Or coveted, as the word נכס Šproperly signifies. The Vulgate renders it, non amabilis, not lovely; and the Greek, το απαιδευτον , uninstructed, or, that will not receive instruction; that is, not to be amended but by the discipline of God’s judgments. Before the decree bring forth, before the day, &c. Before the decree of God shall bring forth the day that shall be like the passing of chaff; that is, wherein the wicked shall be dispersed, as the chaff is by the wind. God’s consuming the wicked is often compared in Scripture to the dispersing of chaff.
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