Bible: Zeph 1

Introduction

1:1 This is the prophetic message that the Lord gave to 1  Zephaniah son of Cushi, son of Gedaliah, son of Amariah, son of Hezekiah. Zephaniah delivered this message during the reign of 2  King Josiah son of Amon of Judah:

The Lord’s Day of Judgment is Approaching

1:2I will destroy 3  everything from the face of the earth,” says the Lord.

1:3I will destroy people and animals;

I will destroy the birds in the sky

and the fish in the sea.

(The idolatrous images of these creatures will be destroyed along with evil people.) 4 

I will remove 5  humanity from the face of the earth,” says the Lord.

1:4I will attack 6  Judah

and all who live in Jerusalem. 7 

I will remove 8  from this place every trace of Baal worship, 9 

as well as the very memory 10  of the pagan priests. 11 

1:5 I will remove 12  those who worship the stars in the sky from their rooftops, 13 

those who swear allegiance to the Lord 14  while taking oaths in the name of 15  their ‘king,’ 16 

1:6 and those who turn their backs on 17  the Lord

and do not want the Lord’s help or guidance.” 18 

1:7 Be silent before the Lord God, 19 

for the Lord’s day of judgment 20  is almost here. 21 

The Lord has prepared a sacrificial meal; 22 

he has ritually purified 23  his guests.

1:8On the day of the Lord’s sacrificial meal,

I will punish the princes 24  and the king’s sons,

and all who wear foreign styles of clothing. 25 

1:9 On that day I will punish all who leap over the threshold, 26 

who fill the house of their master 27  with wealth taken by violence and deceit. 28 

1:10 On that day,” says the Lord,

“a loud cry will go up 29  from the Fish Gate, 30 

wailing from the city’s newer district, 31 

and a loud crash 32  from the hills.

1:11 Wail, you who live in the market district, 33 

for all the merchants 34  will disappear 35 

and those who count money 36  will be removed. 37 

1:12 At that time I will search through Jerusalem with lamps.

I will punish the people who are entrenched in their sin, 38 

those who think to themselves, 39 

‘The Lord neither rewards nor punishes.’ 40 

1:13 Their wealth will be stolen

and their houses ruined!

They will not live in the houses they have built,

nor will they drink the wine from the vineyards they have planted.

1:14 The Lord’s great day of judgment 41  is almost here;

it is approaching very rapidly!

There will be a bitter sound on the Lord’s day of judgment;

at that time warriors will cry out in battle. 42 

1:15 That day will be a day of God’s anger, 43 

a day of distress and hardship,

a day of devastation and ruin,

a day of darkness and gloom,

a day of clouds and dark skies,

1:16 a day of trumpet blasts 44  and battle cries. 45 

Judgment will fall on 46  the fortified cities and the high corner towers.

1:17 I will bring distress on the people 47 

and they will stumble 48  like blind men,

for they have sinned against the Lord.

Their blood will be poured out like dirt;

their flesh 49  will be scattered 50  like manure.

1:18 Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to deliver them

in the day of the Lord’s angry judgment.

The whole earth 51  will be consumed by his fiery wrath. 52 

Indeed, 53  he will bring terrifying destruction 54  on all who live on the earth.” 55 

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