And crouched in her midst have droves, Every beast of the nation, Both pelican and hedge-hog in her knobs lodge, A voice doth sing at the window, 'Destruction is at the threshold, For the cedar-work is exposed.'
Zephaniah 2:14 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
And flocks shall lie down in the midst of her - Nineveh was so completely destroyed, that its situation is not at present even known. The present city of Mossoul is supposed to be in the vicinity of the place where this ancient city stood.
The cormorant קאת kaath; and the bittern, קפד kippod. These Newcome translates, "The pelican and the porcupine."
Their voice shall sing in the windows - The windows shall be all demolished; wild fowl shall build their nests in them, and shall be seen coming from their sills, and the fine cedar ceilings shall be exposed to the weather, and by and by crumble to dust. See the note on Isaiah 34:11-14 (note), where nearly the same terms are used.
I have in another place introduced a remarkable couplet quoted by Sir W. Jones from a Persian poet, which speaks of desolation in nearly the same terms.
"The spider holds the veil in the palace of Caesar:
The owl stands sentinel in the watchtower of Afrasiab."
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Zephaniah 2:6 And the sea coast shall be dwellings and cottages for shepherds, and folds for flocks.
Isaiah 13:19-22 And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah...
Isaiah 34:11-17 But the cormorant and the bittern shall possess it; the owl also and the raven shall dwell in it...
Revelation 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils...
commorant. or, pelican. upper lintels. or, knops, or chapiters.
Amos 9:1 I saw the LORD standing on the altar: and he said, Smite the lintel of the door, that the posts may shake: and cut them in the head...
for he shall uncover. or, when he hath uncovered. the cedar.
Jeremiah 22:14 That said, I will build me a wide house and large chambers, and cuts him out windows; and it is paneled with cedar...
Zephaniah 2:14 Parallel CommentariesAnimals Bare Beams Beasts Bittern Calls Capitals Cedar Cormorant Desolation Echo Flocks Herds Lie Midst Nations Pelican Porcupine Posts Sing Thereof Threshholds Thresholds Uncover Uncovered Upper Voice Voices Windows WorkAnimals Bare Beams Beasts Bittern Calls Capitals Cedar Cormorant Desolation Echo Flocks Herds Lie Midst Nations Pelican Porcupine Posts Sing Thereof Threshholds Thresholds Uncover Uncovered Upper Voice Voices Windows WorkTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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