Zephaniah 2:6
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, with wells for shepherds and folds for sheep.

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

New King James Version
The seacoast shall be pastures, With shelters for shepherds and folds for flocks.

New American Standard Bible
So the seacoast will become grazing places, With pastures for shepherds and folds for flocks.

NASB 1995
So the seacoast will be pastures, With caves for shepherds and folds for flocks.

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

Amplified Bible
So the [depopulated] seacoast shall be pastures, With [deserted] meadows for shepherds and folds for flocks.

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

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the coast of the sea will be pastures, and Crete a place of pasture for folds of sheep

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Crete shall be a pasture of flocks, and a fold of sheep.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
And the seacoast has been habitations, "" Cottages [for] shepherds, and folds [for] a flock.

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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Judgment on the Philistines
5Woe to the dwellers 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, with wells for shepherds and folds for 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 briers and thorns, 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.

the sea.

Zephaniah 2:14,15
And flocks shall lie down in the midst of her, all the beasts of the nations: both the cormorant and the bittern shall lodge in the upper lintels of it; their voice shall sing in the windows; desolation shall be in the thresholds: for he shall uncover the cedar work…

Isaiah 17:2
The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

Ezekiel 25:5
And I will make Rabbah a stable for camels, and the Ammonites a couchingplace for flocks: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.









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."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
So the seacoast
חֶ֣בֶל (ḥe·ḇel)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 2256: A rope, a measuring line, a district, inheritance, a noose, a company, a throe, ruin

will become
וְֽהָיְתָ֞ה (wə·hā·yə·ṯāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

[a land of] pastures,
נְוֺ֛ת (nə·wōṯ)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 5116: Abode of shepherd or flocks, habitation

having caves
כְּרֹ֥ת (kə·rōṯ)
Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's 3741: A cistern, well

filled with shepherds
רֹעִ֖ים (rō·‘îm)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's 7462: To tend a, flock, pasture it, in, to graze, to rule, to associate with

and folds
וְגִדְר֥וֹת (wə·ḡiḏ·rō·wṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's 1448: Enclosure

with sheep.
צֹֽאן׃ (ṣōn)
Noun - common singular
Strong's 6629: Small cattle, sheep and goats, flock


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