1The word of the LORD which came unto Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hizkiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah.2I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the LORD.3I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumblingblocks with the wicked; and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the LORD.4I will also stretch out mine hand upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarims with the priests;5And them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship and that swear by the LORD, and that swear by Malcham;6And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have not sought the LORD, nor enquired for him.7Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord GOD: for the day of the LORD is at hand: for the LORD hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests.8And it shall come to pass in the day of the LORD' sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king' children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel.9In the same day also will I punish all those that leap on the threshold, which fill their masters'houses with violence and deceit.10And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD, that there shall be the noise of a cry from the fish gate, and an howling from the second, and a great crashing from the hills.11Howl, ye inhabitants of Maktesh, for all the merchant people are cut down; all they that bear silver are cut off.12And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with candles, and punish the men that are settled on their lees: that say in their heart, The LORD will not do good, neither will he do evil.13Therefore their goods shall become a booty, and their houses a desolation: they shall also build houses, but not inhabit them ; and they shall plant vineyards, but not drink the wine thereof.14The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.15That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,16A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.17And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung.18Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD' wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.
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1The word of the Lord that came to Zephaniah the son of Cushi, son of Gedaliah, son of Amariah, son of Hezekiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah. (2Ki 22:1; Jer 1:2)
The Coming Judgment on Judah
2“I will utterly sweep away everything from the face of the earth,” declares the Lord. (2Ki 22:16; Jer 8:13; Zep 1:18)3“I will sweep away man and beast; I will sweep away the birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea, and the rubble with the wicked. I will cut off mankind from the face of the earth,” declares the Lord. (Eze 7:19; Eze 14:17; Ho 4:3)4“I will stretch out my hand against Judah and against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off from this place the remnant of Baal and the name of the idolatrous priests along with the priests, (2Ki 23:4)5those who bow down on the roofs to the host of the heavens, those who bow down and swear to the Lord and yet swear by Milcom, (1Ki 11:5; 1Ki 11:33; 1Ki 18:21; 2Ki 17:33; 2Ki 17:41; Jer 19:13)6those who have turned back from following the Lord, who do not seek the Lord or inquire of him.” (Jer 2:13; Jer 2:17; Jer 5:24; Jer 15:6; Heb 11:6)
The Day of the Lord Is Near
7Be silent before the Lord God! For the day of the Lord is near; the Lord has prepared a sacrifice and consecrated his guests. (1Sa 16:5; Isa 34:6; Jer 46:10; Eze 39:17; Eze 39:19; Joe 1:15; Hab 2:20; Zep 1:14)8And on the day of the Lord’s sacrifice— “I will punish the officials and the king’s sons and all who array themselves in foreign attire. (2Ki 24:12; 2Ki 24:14; 2Ki 25:7; Mt 22:11)9On that day I will punish everyone who leaps over the threshold, and those who fill their master’s house with violence and fraud. (1Sa 5:5)10“On that day,” declares the Lord, “a cry will be heard from the Fish Gate, a wail from the Second Quarter, a loud crash from the hills. (2Ki 22:14; 2Ch 33:14; Zec 11:3)11Wail, O inhabitants of the Mortar! For all the traders are no more; all who weigh out silver are cut off. (Zec 11:2; Jas 5:1)12At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and I will punish the men who are complacent, those who say in their hearts, ‘The Lord will not do good, nor will he do ill.’ (Ps 94:7; Jer 48:11; Eze 8:12; Am 6:1; Am 9:3; Mal 2:17; Mal 3:14)13Their goods shall be plundered, and their houses laid waste. Though they build houses, they shall not inhabit them; though they plant vineyards, they shall not drink wine from them.” (Isa 42:22; Am 5:11; Mic 6:15)14The great day of the Lord is near, near and hastening fast; the sound of the day of the Lord is bitter; the mighty man cries aloud there. (Isa 33:7; Eze 7:7; Eze 7:12; Zep 1:7)15A day of wrath is that day, a day of distress and anguish, a day of ruin and devastation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness, (Job 30:3; Joe 1:15; Joe 2:2)16a day of trumpet blast and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the lofty battlements. (Isa 2:15; Jer 4:19)17I will bring distress on mankind, so that they shall walk like the blind, because they have sinned against the Lord; their blood shall be poured out like dust, and their flesh like dung. (De 28:29; Ps 79:3; Ps 83:10; Isa 59:10; Jer 10:18)18Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them on the day of the wrath of the Lord. In the fire of his jealousy, all the earth shall be consumed; for a full and sudden end he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth. (Pr 11:4; Eze 7:19; Eze 36:5; Zep 1:2; Zep 3:8)