Zephaniah 2:12
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New International Version
"You Cushites, too, will be slain by my sword."

New Living Translation
"You Ethiopians will also be slaughtered by my sword," says the LORD.

English Standard Version
You also, O Cushites, shall be slain by my sword.

New American Standard Bible
"You also, O Ethiopians, will be slain by My sword."

King James Bible
Ye Ethiopians also, ye shall be slain by my sword.

Christian Standard Bible
You Cushites will also be slain by my sword.

Contemporary English Version
People of Ethiopia, the sword of the LORD will slaughter you!

Good News Translation
The LORD will also put the people of Ethiopia to death.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You Cushites will also be slain by My sword.

International Standard Version
"Now as for you, Cush, you will surely be slain by my sword!

NET Bible
"You Ethiopians will also die by my sword!"

New Heart English Bible
You Cushites also, you will be killed by my sword.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Even you, the people from Sudan, you will also die by my sword."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Ye Ethiopians also, Ye shall be slain by My sword.

New American Standard 1977
“You also, O Ethiopians, will be slain by My sword.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Ye Ethiopians also, ye shall be slain by my sword.

King James 2000 Bible
You Ethiopians also, you shall be slain by my sword.

American King James Version
You Ethiopians also, you shall be slain by my sword.

American Standard Version
Ye Ethiopians also, ye shall be slain by my sword.

Douay-Rheims Bible
You Ethiopians, also shall be slain with my sword.

Darby Bible Translation
Ye Ethiopians also, ye shall be the slain of my sword.

English Revised Version
Ye Ethiopians also, ye shall be slain by my sword.

Webster's Bible Translation
Ye Cushites also, ye shall be slain by my sword.

World English Bible
You Cushites also, you will be killed by my sword.

Young's Literal Translation
Also ye, O Cushim, pierced of My sword are they.
Study Bible
The Judgment on Ethiopia and Assyria
11The LORD will be terrifying to them, for He will starve all the gods of the earth; and all the coastlands of the nations will bow down to Him, everyone from his own place. 12"You also, O Ethiopians, will be slain by My sword." 13And He will stretch out His hand against the north And destroy Assyria, And He will make Nineveh a desolation, Parched like the wilderness.…
Cross References
Isaiah 18:1
Alas, oh land of whirring wings Which lies beyond the rivers of Cush,

Isaiah 20:4
so the king of Assyria will lead away the captives of Egypt and the exiles of Cush, young and old, naked and barefoot with buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.

Isaiah 20:5
"Then they will be dismayed and ashamed because of Cush their hope and Egypt their boast.

Ezekiel 30:4
"A sword will come upon Egypt, And anguish will be in Ethiopia; When the slain fall in Egypt, They take away her wealth, And her foundations are torn down.

Ezekiel 30:24
'For I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon and put My sword in his hand; and I will break the arms of Pharaoh, so that he will groan before him with the groanings of a wounded man.
Treasury of Scripture

You Ethiopians also, you shall be slain by my sword.


Isaiah 18:1-7 Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia…

Isaiah 20:4,5 So shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians prisoners, and …

Isaiah 43:3 For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior: …

Jeremiah 46:9,10 Come up, you horses; and rage, you chariots; and let the mighty men …

Ezekiel 30:4-9 And the sword shall come on Egypt, and great pain shall be in Ethiopia, …


Psalm 17:13 Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from …

Isaiah 10:5 O Assyrian, the rod of my anger, and the staff in their hand is my indignation.

Isaiah 13:5 They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the LORD, …

Jeremiah 47:6,7 O you sword of the LORD, how long will it be ere you be quiet? put …

Jeremiah 51:20-23 You are my battle ax and weapons of war: for with you will I break …

Verses 12-15. - 5. The judgment shall fall upon the Ethiopians and Assyrians, representing the south and north. Verse 12. - Ethiopians; Cushites. These are named as the most remote inhabitants of the south with which the Israelites were acquainted (Ezekiel 38:5). Ye shall be slain by my sword; the slain of my sword are they, the second person being dropped, as one cannot address the dead (Orelli). The Lord's sword is the instrument which he uses to effect his purpose of punishment (comp. Isaiah 27:1; Isaiah 34:5; Isaiah 66:16). The Ethiopians are reckoned among the forces of Egypt (2 Chronicles 12:3; Nahum 3:9, etc.). The prediction had a fulfilment when the Assyrians conquered Egypt, and again under Nebuchadnezzar. It shall have a more sublime accomplishment when the sword of the Spirit shall reduce the utmost south to the dominion of Christ (see Isaiah 45:14; Psalm 68:31). The commencement of this conversion is seen in the chamberlain of Queen Candace (Acts 8:27, etc.). Ye Ethiopians also,.... Or, "as for ye Ethiopians also" (h); not the Ethiopians in Africa beyond Egypt, at a distance from the land of Israel, and the countries before mentioned; but the inhabitants of Arabia Chusea, or Ethiopia, which lay near to Moab and Ammon; these should not escape, but suffer with their neighbours, who sometimes distressed the people of the Jews, and made war with them, being nigh them; see 2 Chronicles 14:9,

ye shall be slain by my sword; or, "the slain of my sword are they" (i); R. Japhet thinks here is a defect of the note of similitude "as", which should be supplied thus, "ye" are, or shall be, "the slain of my sword", as they; as the Moabites and Ammonites; that is, these Ethiopians should be slain as well as they by the sword of Nebuchadnezzar; which is called the sword of God, because he was an instrument in the hand of God for punishing the nations of the earth. This was fulfilled very probably when Egypt was subdued by Nebuchadnezzar, with whom Ethiopia was confederate, as well as near unto it, Jeremiah 46:1. The destruction of these by the Assyrians is predicted, Isaiah 20:4.

(h) "etiam ad vos Aethiopes quod attinet", Piscator. (i) "interfecti gladio meo ipsi", Montanus. 12. Fulfilled when Nebuchadnezzar (God's sword, Isa 10:5) conquered Egypt, with which Ethiopia was closely connected as its ally (Jer 46:2-9; Eze 30:5-9).

Ye—literally, "They." The third person expresses estrangement; while doomed before God's tribunal in the second person, they are spoken of in the third as aliens from God.2:4-15 Those are really in a woful condition who have the word of the Lord against them, for no word of his shall fall to the ground. God will restore his people to their rights, though long kept from them. It has been the common lot of God's people, in all ages, to be reproached and reviled. God shall be worshipped, not only by all Israel, and the strangers who join them, but by the heathen. Remote nations must be reckoned with for the wrongs done to God's people. The sufferings of the insolent and haughty in prosperity, are unpitied and unlamented. But all the desolations of flourishing nations will make way for the overturning Satan's kingdom. Let us improve our advantages, and expect the performance of every promise, praying that our Father's name may be hallowed every where, over all the earth.
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