Bible: Zeph 1:7-18

1:7 Be silent before the Lord God, 1 

for the Lord’s day of judgment 2  is almost here. 3 

The Lord has prepared a sacrificial meal; 4 

he has ritually purified 5  his guests.

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

I will punish the princes 6  and the king’s sons,

and all who wear foreign styles of clothing. 7 

1:9 On that day I will punish all who leap over the threshold, 8 

who fill the house of their master 9  with wealth taken by violence and deceit. 10 

1:10 On that day,” says the Lord,

“a loud cry will go up 11  from the Fish Gate, 12 

wailing from the city’s newer district, 13 

and a loud crash 14  from the hills.

1:11 Wail, you who live in the market district, 15 

for all the merchants 16  will disappear 17 

and those who count money 18  will be removed. 19 

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

I will punish the people who are entrenched in their sin, 20 

those who think to themselves, 21 

‘The Lord neither rewards nor punishes.’ 22 

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 23  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. 24 

1:15 That day will be a day of God’s anger, 25 

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 26  and battle cries. 27 

Judgment will fall on 28  the fortified cities and the high corner towers.

1:17 I will bring distress on the people 29 

and they will stumble 30  like blind men,

for they have sinned against the Lord.

Their blood will be poured out like dirt;

their flesh 31  will be scattered 32  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 33  will be consumed by his fiery wrath. 34 

Indeed, 35  he will bring terrifying destruction 36  on all who live on the earth.” 37 

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