Z E P H A N I A H.
After the title of the book (ver. 1) here is, I. A threatening of the
destruction of Judah and Jerusalem, an utter destruction, by the
Chaldeans, ver. 2-4. II. A
charge against them for their gross sin, which provoked God to
bring that destruction upon them (ver. 5, 6); and so he goes on in the rest of
the chapter, setting both the judgments before them, that they
might prevent them or prepare for them, and the sins that destroy
them, that they might judge themselves, and justify God in what was
brought upon them. 1. They must hold their peace because they had
greatly sinned, ver. 7-9.
But, 2, They shall howl because the trouble will be great. The day
of the Lord is near, and it will be a terrible day, ver. 10-18. Such fair and timely
warning as this did God give to the Jews of the approaching
captivity; but they hardened their neck, which made their