Zephaniah Prophesies Judgment on Judah1 [This is] the word of the LORD that came to Zephaniah son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, in the days of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah: 2 “I will utterly sweep away everything from the face of the earth,” declares the LORD. 3 “I will sweep away man and beast; I will sweep away the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, and the ruins along with the wicked. ▼
▼ Or and the idols that cause the wicked to stumbleI will cut off mankind from the face of the earth,” declares the LORD. 4 “I will stretch out My hand against Judah and against all who dwell in Jerusalem. I will cut off from this place every remnant of Baal, the names of the idolatrous and [pagan] priests— 5 those who bow on the rooftops to worship the heavenly host, those who bow down and swear by the LORD but also swear by Molech, ▼
▼ Hebrew Malkam6 and those who turn back from [following] the LORD and neither seek the LORD nor inquire of Him.”
The Day of the LORD7 Be silent in the presence of the Lord GOD, for the Day of the LORD is near. Indeed, the LORD has prepared a sacrifice; He has consecrated His guests. 8 On the Day of the LORD’s sacrifice I will punish the princes, the king’s sons, and all who are dressed in foreign apparel. 9 On that day I will punish all who leap over the threshold, ▼
▼ See 1 Samuel 5:5who fill the house of their master ▼
▼ Or of their lordwith violence and deceit. 10 “On that day,” declares the LORD, “a cry will go up from the Fish Gate, a wail from the Second Quarter, and a loud crashing from the hills. 11 Wail, O dwellers of the Hollow, ▼
▼ Or the market district or the Mortarfor all your merchants ▼
▼ Or all the people of Canaanwill be silenced; all who weigh out silver will be cut off. 12 And at that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps and punish the men settled in complacency, ▼
▼ Or are thickening on the dregswho say to themselves, ‘The LORD will do nothing, either good or ill.’ 13 Their wealth will be plundered and their houses laid waste. They will build houses but not inhabit [them] , and plant vineyards but never drink their wine. 14 The great Day of the LORD is near— near and coming quickly. Listen, the Day of the LORD! Then the cry of the mighty will be bitter. 15 That day will be a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of destruction and desolation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness, 16 a day of trumpet blast and battle cry against the fortified cities, and against the high corner towers. 17 I will bring such distress on mankind that they will walk like the blind, because they have sinned against the LORD. Their blood will be poured out like dust and their flesh like dung. 18 [Neither] their silver nor their gold will be able to deliver them on the Day of the LORD’s wrath. The whole earth will be consumed by the fire of His jealousy.” For indeed, He will make a sudden end of all the inhabitants of the earth.
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