The Great Day of The LORD1 The word of the lord which came to Zephaniah the son of Cushi, son of Gedaliah, son of Amariah, son of Hezekiah, in the days of Josiah son of Amon, king of Judah. 2 In want, let all want from the face of the earth, says the lord! 3 Let [4be wanting 1man 2and 3cattle]; let [5be wanting 1the 2birds 3of the 4heaven], and the fishes of the sea. And [3shall be sickened 1the 2impious]. And I will lift away the lawless deeds from the face of the land, says the lord. 4 And I will stretch out my hand upon Judah and upon all the ones dwelling in Jerusalem. And I will remove from out of this place the names of Baal, and the names of the priests with the consecrated things; 5 even the ones doing obeisance upon the roofs to the military of the heaven, and the ones doing obeisance and the ones swearing by an oath also according to the lord; and the ones swearing an oath according to their king; 6 and the ones turning aside from the lord; and the ones not seeking the lord; and the ones not holding to him. 7 Be cautious before the presence of the lord God! for [5is near 1the 2day 3of the 4 lord]! For the lord prepared his sacrifice, and he has sanctified his chosen.
The LORD Takes Vengeance8 And it will be in the day of the sacrifice of the lord, that I will take vengeance upon the rulers, and upon the house of the king, and upon all the ones putting on [2garments 1alien]. 9 And I will [2take vengeance 3upon 4all 1visibly] at the gateways in that day, upon the ones filling the house of the lord their God with impiety and treachery. 10 And it will be in that day, says the lord, the sound of a cry from the gate of men piercing, and shrieking of women from the second quarter, and [2conflict 1great] from the hills. 11 Wail! O ones dwelling the place being cut in pieces, for [4are like 1all 2the 3people] Canaan, and [5were utterly destroyed 1all 2the ones 3lifting up 4silver]. 12 And it will be in that day, I will search out Jerusalem with a lamp, and I will take vengeance upon the men, of the ones paying no attention to their injunctions; and the ones saying in their hearts, In no way shall the lord do good, nor shall he inflict evil. 13 And [2will be 1their power] for ravaging, and their houses for extinction. And they shall build houses, but in no way shall they dwell in them. And they shall plant vineyards, and in no way shall they drink of their wine. 14 For [4is near 2day 3of the lord 1the great], and near [2quickly 1very]. The sound of the day of the lord [2bitter 3and 4harsh 1is ordered up]. 15 [2is a mighty 3day 4of anger 1That day]; a day of affliction and distress; a day of misery and extinction; a day of dimness and darkness; a day of cloud and fog; 16 a day of trumpet and a cry against the [2cities 1fortified], and against the [2corners 1high]. 17 And I will squeeze out the men, and they shall go as blind men, for against the lord they led into sin, and he shall pour out their blood as dust, and their flesh as dung. 18 And their silver and their gold in no way shall be able to rescue them in the day of the anger of the lord. And by fire his zeal shall consume all the land. For completion and diligence he will execute it upon all the ones dwelling the land.
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