1The word of the Lord that came to Zephaniah son of Cushi, son of Gedaliah, son of Amariah, son of Hezekiah,#2Kg 16:20; 18:1–20:21 in the days of Josiah#2Kg 22:1–23:30; 2Ch 34:1–36:1; Jr 1:2 son of Amon,#2Kg 21:18–25 king of Judah.
The Great Day of the Lord
2I will completely sweep away everything
from the face of the earth#Gn 6:7; 7:4 —
this is the Lord’s declaration.
3I will sweep away people and animals;#1Kg 14:10; Ezk 14:17
I will sweep away the birds of the sky
and the fish of the sea,
and the ruins#1:3 Perhaps objects connected with idolatry along with the wicked.#Is 13:9–12; Mt 13:41
I will cut off mankind
from the face of the earth.
This is the Lord’s declaration.
4I will stretch out my hand#Ex 3:20; Ps 138:7; Ezk 14:9; 25:7,16; Zph 2:13 against Judah
and against all the residents of Jerusalem.
I will cut off every vestige of Baal#1Kg 16:30–32
from this place,
the names of the pagan priests#2Kg 23:5
along with the priests;
5those who bow in worship on the rooftops#Jr 19:13; 32:29
to the stars in the sky;
those who bow and pledge loyalty to the Lord#Dt 6:13; Is 48:1
but also pledge loyalty to Milcom;#1:5 Some LXX mss, Syr, Vg; MT, other LXX mss read their king#1Kg 11:5; 2Kg 23:13; Jr 49:1,3
6and those who turn back from following the Lord,
who do not seek the Lord or inquire of him.
7Be silent in the presence of the Lord God,#Nm 13:30; Jdg 3:19; Hab 2:20; Zch 2:13
for the day of the Lord is near.#Zph 1:14,18; 2:2–3
Indeed, the Lord has prepared a sacrifice;#Is 34:6; Jr 46:10
he has consecrated his guests.#Lv 7:11–21; 1Sm 16:5; 2Ch 35:5–13; Jr 22:17
8On the day of the Lord’s sacrifice
I will punish the officials, the king’s sons,
and all who are dressed in foreign clothing.
9On that day#Zph 1:10; 3:11,16 I will punish
all who skip over the threshold,#1:9 Hb obscure#1Sm 5:5
who fill their master’s house
with violence and deceit.
10On that day —
this is the Lord’s declaration —
there will be an outcry from the Fish Gate,#2Ch 33:14; Neh 3:3; 12:39
a wailing from the Second District,#2Kg 22:14; 2Ch 34:22
and a loud crashing from the hills.
11Wail, you residents of the Hollow,#1:11 Or the market district
for all the merchants#1:11 Or Canaanites will be silenced;
all those loaded with silver will be cut off.
12And at that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps
and punish those who settle down comfortably,#1:12 Lit who thicken on their dregs#Ex 15:8; Is 25:6; Jr 48:11
who say to themselves:
The Lord will do nothing — good or bad.#Mal 2:17
13Their wealth will become plunder
and their houses a ruin.
They will build houses but never live in them,
plant vineyards but never drink their wine.#Dt 28:30; Am 5:11; Mc 6:15
14The great day of the Lord is near,#Is 13:6,9; Jl 1:15; 2:1,11,31; 3:14; Am 5:18,20; Ob 15; Zch 14:1; Mal 4:5
near and rapidly approaching.
Listen, the day of the Lord —
then the warrior’s cry is bitter.
15That day is a day of wrath,
a day of trouble and distress,
a day of destruction and desolation,
a day of darkness#Am 1:14; 5:18–20; Ob 12–14 and gloom,
a day of clouds and total darkness,#Ps 97:2; Ezk 34:12; Jl 2:2
16a day of ram’s horn and battle cry
against the fortified cities,
and against the high corner towers.
17I will bring distress on mankind,
and they will walk like the blind#Lm 4:14
because they have sinned against the Lord.
Their blood will be poured out like dust
and their flesh like dung.
18Their silver and their gold
will be unable to rescue them
on the day of the Lord’s wrath.#Ezk 7:19
The whole earth will be consumed
by the fire of his jealousy,#Ex 34:14; Dt 29:20; Ps 79:5; Zph 3:8; Zch 1:14; 8:2
for he will make a complete,
yes, a horrifying end
of all the inhabitants of the earth.