1 1The word of Jehovah which came unto Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the
son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, in the days of
Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah.
2I will utterly consume all things
from off the face of the ground, saith Jehovah.
3I will consume man and
beast; I will consume the birds of the heavens, and the fishes of the sea,
and the stumblingblocks with the wicked; and I will cut off man from off the
face of the ground, saith Jehovah.
4And I will stretch out my hand upon
Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the
remnant of Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarim with
5and them that worship the host of heaven upon the
housetops; and them that worship, that swear to Jehovah and swear by Malcam;
6and them that are turned back from following Jehovah; and those that
have not sought Jehovah, nor inquired after him.
7Hold thy peace at the
presence of the Lord Jehovah; for the day of Jehovah is at hand: for Jehovah
hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath consecrated his guests.
8And it shall
come to pass in the day of Jehovah's sacrifice, that I will punish the
princes, and the king's sons, and all such as are clothed with foreign
9And in that day I will punish all those that leap over the
threshold, that fill their master's house with violence and deceit.
in that day, saith Jehovah, there shall be the noise of a cry from the fish
gate, and a wailing from the second quarter, and a great crashing from the
11Wail, ye inhabitants of Maktesh; for all the people of Canaan
are undone; all they that were laden with silver are cut off.
shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with lamps; and
I will punish the men that are settled on their lees, that say in their
heart, Jehovah will not do good, neither will he do evil.
wealth shall become a spoil, and their houses a desolation: yea, they shall
build houses, but shall not inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, but
shall not drink the wine thereof.
14The great day of Jehovah is near, it
is near and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of Jehovah;
the mighty man crieth there bitterly.
15That day is a day of wrath, a day
of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness
and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,
16a day of the
trumpet and alarm, against the fortified cities, and against the high
17And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk
like blind men, because they have sinned against Jehovah; and their blood
shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as dung.
silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of Jehovah's
wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for
he will make an end, yea, a terrible end, of all them that dwell in the