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Zephaniah 1 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxZep 1:1 - The 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.

The Coming Judgment on Judah

(cf. Amo 5:18–20 )
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 1:2 - “I will utterly sweep away everything
from the face of the earth,” declares the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 1:3 - “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[fn] with the wicked.
I will cut off mankind
from the face of the earth,” declares the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 1:4 - “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,
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 1:5 - those 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,[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 1:6 - those who have turned back from following the LORD,
who do not seek the LORD or inquire of him.”

The Day of the Lord Is Near

Unchecked Copy BoxZep 1:7 - Be silent before the Lord GOD!
For the day of the LORD is near;
the LORD has prepared a sacrifice
and consecrated his guests.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 1:8 - And 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 1:9 - On that day I will punish
everyone who leaps over the threshold,
and those who fill their master’s[fn] house
with violence and fraud.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 1:10 - “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.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 1:11 - Wail, O inhabitants of the Mortar!
For all the traders[fn] are no more;
all who weigh out silver are cut off.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 1:12 - At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps,
and I will punish the men
who are complacent,[fn]
those who say in their hearts,
‘The LORD will not do good,
nor will he do ill.’
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 1:13 - Their 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 1:14 - The 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 1:15 - A 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,
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 1:16 - a day of trumpet blast and battle cry
against the fortified cities
and against the lofty battlements.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 1:17 - I 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 1:18 - Neither 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.
ESV Footnotes
Or stumbling blocks (that is, idols)
Or their king
Or their Lord’s
Or all the people of Canaan
Hebrew are thickening on the dregs [of their wine]

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version copyright © 2001, 2007, 2011, 2016 by Crossway Books and Bibles, a Publishing Ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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