The introductory word
word of Jehovah that came to 1Zephaniah
the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, in the days of aJosiah
the son of Amon, the king of Judah.
will utterly remove everything
From off the face of the earth,
will remove man and beast;
I will remove the abirds
of heaven and the fish of the sea,
And the bstumbling
blocks with the wicked;
And I will cut off man
From the face of the earth,
I will stretch out My hand against Judah
And against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
And I will cut off the remnant of aBaal
from this place, And
the name of the idol priests with the priests,
those who worship upon the housetops
And the worshippers who swear to Jehovah
And swear by 1Malcam
those who have been turned back from going after Jehovah
And have not sought Jehovah
And have not inquired of Him.
before the Lord Jehovah,
For the 1bday
of Jehovah is near;
For Jehovah has prepared a 2csacrifice
He has 3consecrated
those whom He has called.
in the day of the sacrifice of Jehovah
I will punish the princes
And the sons of the king
And all who wear
The clothing of foreigners.
in that day I will punish
All who leap over the threshold,
Who fill their master’s house
With violence and deceit.
in that day, declares Jehovah,
There will be the sound of an outcry from the Fish Gate
And wailing from the second district
And a great crashing from the hills.
, O inhabitants of Maktesh,
For all the people of Canaan are destroyed,
All who are laden with silver are cut off.
at that time I will search through Jerusalem with lamps,
And I will punish the men
Who have asettled
on their lees,
in their heart,
Jehovah will not do good,
Nor will He do evil.
their wealth will become plunder,
And their houses, a desolation.
Indeed they will abuild
houses but not inhabit them
And they will plant bvineyards
but not drink the wine from them.
day of Jehovah is near;
It is near and hastens greatly.
The sound of the day of Jehovah!
The mighty man bitterly cries there.
day is a aday
of overflowing wrath,
A day of trouble and distress,
A day of waste and ruin,
A day of bdarkness
A day of clouds and deep darkness,
day of trumpet and alarm
Against the fortified cities
And against the high battlements.
I will bring distress upon the men,
So that they walk about like the ablind
For they have sinned against Jehovah;
And their blood will be poured out like dust,
And their bowels like dung.
nor their gold
Will be able to deliver them
In the day of the overflowing wrath of Jehovah;
But the whole land will be devoured by the bfire
of His jealousy,
For He will make an end, nothing other than sudden destruction,
Of all the inhabitants of the land.