Zephaniah 2:6
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New International Version
The land by the sea will become pastures having wells for shepherds and pens for flocks.

New Living Translation
The Philistine coast will become a wilderness pasture, a place of shepherd camps and enclosures for sheep and goats.

English Standard Version
And you, O seacoast, shall be pastures, with meadows for shepherds and folds for flocks.

Berean Study Bible
So the seacoast will become a land of pastures, having caves filled with shepherds and folds with sheep.

New American Standard Bible
So the seacoast will be pastures, With caves for shepherds and folds for flocks.

King James Bible
And the sea coast shall be dwellings and cottages for shepherds, and folds for flocks.

Christian Standard Bible
The seacoast will become pasturelands with caves for shepherds and pens for sheep.

Contemporary English Version
Your seacoast will be changed into pastureland and sheep pens.

Good News Translation
Your land by the sea will become open fields with shepherd's huts and sheep pens.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The seacoast will become pasturelands with caves for shepherds and folds for sheep.

International Standard Version
The Philistine coast will become meadows for shepherds and sheep pens.

NET Bible
The seacoast will be used as pasture lands by the shepherds and as pens for their flocks.

New Heart English Bible
The sea coast will be pastures, with cottages for shepherds and folds for flocks.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The seacoast will become pastureland with meadows for shepherds and fenced-off places for sheep.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the sea-coast shall be pastures, Even meadows for shepherds, and folds for flocks.

New American Standard 1977
So the seacoast will be pastures, With caves for shepherds and folds for flocks.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the sea coast shall be for dwellings and cottages for pastors, and sheepfolds.

King James 2000 Bible
And the seacoast shall be dwellings and cottages for shepherds, and folds for flocks.

American King James Version
And the sea coast shall be dwellings and cottages for shepherds, and folds for flocks.

American Standard Version
And the sea-coast shall be pastures, with cottages for shepherds and folds for flocks.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the sea coast shall be the resting place of shepherds, and folds for cattle:

Darby Bible Translation
and the sea-coast shall be cave-dwellings for shepherds, and folds for flocks.

English Revised Version
And the sea coast shall be pastures, with cottages for shepherds and folds for flocks.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the sea coast shall be dwellings and cottages for shepherds, and folds for flocks.

World English Bible
The sea coast will be pastures, with cottages for shepherds and folds for flocks.

Young's Literal Translation
And the sea-coast hath been habitations, Cottages for shepherds, and folds for a flock.
Study Bible
The Judgment on the Philistines
5Woe to the inhabitants of the seacoast, O nation of the Cherethites! The word of the LORD is against you, O Canaan, land of the Philistines: ‘I will destroy you, and no one will be left.’ 6So the seacoast will become a land of pastures, having caves filled with shepherds and folds with sheep. 7The coast will belong to the remnant of the house of Judah; there they will find pasture. They will lie down in the evening among the houses of Ashkelon, for the LORD their God will attend to them and restore their captives.…
Cross References
Isaiah 5:17
Lambs will graze as in their own pastures, and strangers will feed in the ruins of the wealthy.

Isaiah 7:25
For fear of the thorns and briers, you will no longer traverse the hills once tilled by the hoe; they will become places for oxen to graze and sheep to trample.

Isaiah 17:2
The cities of Aroer are forsaken; they will be left to the flocks, which will lie down with no one to fear.

Jeremiah 33:12
This is what the LORD of Hosts says: In this desolate place, without man or beast, and in all its cities, there will once more be pastures for shepherds to rest their flocks.

Treasury of Scripture

And the sea coast shall be dwellings and cottages for shepherds, and folds for flocks.

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Verse 6. - Dwellings and cottages for shepherds; better, pastures with caves for shepherds. In the use of the word keroth, "diggings" ("cottages," Authorized Version) there is probably intended another play on the "Cherethites." Neale, "The road from Gaza to Askalon lay along the sea shore. In the winter months many parts of it are impracticable, owing to the encroachment of the sea. The surf then dashes wildly into the huge caverns worked out of the endless sand hills that line this coast. These caverns were tenanted, when we passed, by goatherds and their flocks. Thither they resort for shelter from the fierce heat of the noontide sun; and here during the night the goats are penned. There are wells and reservoirs in the vicinity which furnish water for the flocks the whole year round, and the brambles and thorn bushes that flourish near the seaside form their pasturage" ('Eight Years in Syria,' 1:40, 41). Septuagint, ἔσται Κρήτη νομὴ ποιμνίων, "Crete shall be a pasture of flocks." And the sea coast shall be dwellings and cottages for shepherds,.... That tract of land which lay on the coast of the Mediterranean sea, inhabited by the Philistines, should now become so desolate, that instead of towns and cities full of merchants and sea faring persons, and houses full of inhabitants, and warehouses full of goods, there should now only be seen a few huts and cottages for shepherds to dwell in, to shelter them from the heat by day, and where they watched their flocks by night, and took their proper repose and rest. The last word is by some rendered "ditches" (i), which were dug by them to receive rainwater for their use: or rather may signify "cottages dug by shepherds" (k); in subterraneous places, whither they retired in the heat of the day, to shelter themselves from the scorching sun; and some of them were so large as to receive their flocks also; such was the cave of Polyphemus, as Bochart (l) observes, in which the cattle, namely, the sheep and goats, lay down and slept; and in Iceland such are used to secure them from the cold; where we are told (m) there are caverns in the mountains capable of sheltering a hundred sheep or more: and whither they very cordially retreat in bad weather. These holes are in such mountains as have formerly burned, and are of infinite service to them, both winter and summer; in the winter for shelter, and in the summer for very good pastures, which they find in plenty all around. Such sort of huts and cottages as these, in hot countries, Jerom seems to have respect unto, when, speaking of Tekoa, he says (n), there is not beyond it any little village, nor indeed any field cottages like to ovens (subterraneous ones, Calmet (o) calls them), which the Africans call "mapalia": these Sallust (p) describes as of an oblong figure, covered with tiles, and like the keels of ships, or ships turned bottom upwards; and, according to Pliny (q), they were movable, and carried from place to place in carts and waggons; and therefore cannot be such as before described; and so Dr. Shaw (r) says, the Bedouin Arabs now, as their great ancestors the Arabians, live in tents called "hhymas", from the shelter which they afford the inhabitants; and adds, they are the very same which the ancients call "mapalia":

and folds for flocks; in which they put them to lie down in at evening. The phrases express the great desolation of the land; that towns should be depopulated, and the land lie untilled, and only be occupied by shepherds, and their flocks, who lead them from place to place, the most convenient for them.

(i) "fossas", Tigurine version; "fossuris", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; so Ben Melech; but disapproved of by Gussetius. p. 402. (k) "Mansiones effossionum pastorum, Drusius; caulae effossionum pastorum", i. e. "effossae a pastoribus", Bochart. (l) Hierozoic. par. 1. l. 2. c. 45. col. 467, 468. (m) Horrebow's Natural History of Iceland, c. 29. p. 46. (n) Prooem, in Amos. (o) Dictionary, in the word "Shepherds". (p) Bell. Jugurth. p. 51. (q) Nat. Hist. l. 5. c. 3.((r) Travels, p. 220. Ed. 2.6. dwellings and cottages for shepherds—rather, "dwellings with cisterns" (that is, water-tanks dug in the earth) for shepherds. Instead of a thick population and tillage, the region shall become a pasturage for nomad shepherds' flocks. The Hebrew for "dug cisterns," Ceroth, seems a play on sounds, alluding to their name Cherethites (Zep 2:5): Their land shall become what their national name implies, a land of cisterns. Maurer translates, "Feasts for shepherds' (flocks)," that is, one wide pasturage.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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