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Zephaniah 1 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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Yahweh Will End All Things

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The word of [fn]Yahweh which came to Zephaniah son of Cushi, son of Gedaliah, son of Amariah, son of Hezekiah, in the days of Josiah son of Amon, king of Judah:

(cf. Amo 5:18–20 )
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“I will completely end all things

From the face of the ground,” declares Yahweh.

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“I will end man and beast;

I will end the birds of the sky

And the fish of the sea

And the [fn]ruins along with the wicked;

And I will cut off man from the face of the ground,” declares Yahweh.

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“So I will stretch out My hand against Judah

And against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

And I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place,

And the names of the idolatrous priests along with the priests,

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And those who worship on the housetops the host of heaven,

And those who worship and swear to Yahweh and yet swear by [fn]Milcom,

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And those who have turned back from following Yahweh,

And those who have not sought Yahweh or inquired of Him.”

The Day of Yahweh Is Near

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[fn]Be silent before Lord Yahweh!

For the day of Yahweh is near,

For Yahweh has prepared a sacrifice;

He has set apart His guests.

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“Then it will be on the day of Yahweh’s sacrifice

That I will punish the princes, the king’s sons,

And all who clothe themselves with foreign garments.

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“And I will punish on that day all who leap on the temple threshold,

Who fill the house of their [fn]Lord with violence and deceit.

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“And it will be in that day,” declares Yahweh,

That there will be the sound of a cry from the Fish Gate

And a wail from the [fn]Second Quarter

And a great destruction from the hills.

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“Wail, O inhabitants of the [fn]Mortar,

For all the [fn]people of Canaan will be silenced;

All who weigh out silver will be cut off.

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“And it will be at that time

That I will search Jerusalem with lamps,

And I will punish the men

Who are [fn]stagnant in spirit,

Who say in their hearts,

‘Yahweh will not do good or evil!’

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“And it will be that their wealth will become spoil

And their houses desolate;

Indeed, they will build houses but not inhabit them,

And plant vineyards but not drink their wine.”

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Near is the great day of Yahweh,

Near and coming very quickly;

O the sound, the day of Yahweh!

[fn]In it the mighty man cries out bitterly.

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A day of fury is that day,

A day of trouble and distress,

A day of destruction and desolation,

A day of darkness and thick darkness,

A day of clouds and dense gloom,

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A day of trumpet and loud shouting

Against the fortified cities

And the high corner towers.

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I will bring distress on men

So that they will walk like the blind

Because they have sinned against Yahweh;

And their blood will be poured out like dust

And their flesh like dung.

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Neither their silver nor their gold

Will be able to deliver them

On the day of the fury of Yahweh;

And all the earth will be devoured

In the fire of His jealousy,

For He will make a complete destruction,

Indeed a terrifying one,

Of all the inhabitants of the earth.

LSB Footnotes
The personal covenant name of God, a form of I AM WHO I AM, cf. Ex 3:14-15
Or stumbling blocks
Or their king; M.T. Malcam, probably a variant spelling of Milcom
Lit Hush
Or lord
A district of Jerusalem
A district of Jerusalem
Or merchant people will
Lit thickening on their lees
Lit There

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