Zephaniah 1
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Zephaniah 1

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1The word of the Lord that came to Zephaniah the son of Cushi, son of Gedaliah, son of Amariah, son of Hezekiah, #Jer. 1:2 in the days of #2 Kgs. 22:1Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah.
The Coming Judgment on Judah
2 # Jer. 8:13; [ver. 18; 2 Kgs. 22:16, 17] “I will utterly sweep away everything
from the face of the earth,” declares the Lord.
3“I will sweep away #Hos. 4:3 man and beast;
I will sweep away the birds of the heavens
and #Hos. 4:3 the fish of the sea,
and #See Ezek. 7:19 the rubble#1:3 Or stumbling blocks (that is, idols) with the wicked.
I will #Ezek. 14:17cut off mankind
from the face of the earth,” declares the Lord.
4“I will stretch out my hand against Judah
and against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem;
# See 2 Kgs. 23:4 and I will cut off from this place the remnant of Baal
and the name of the idolatrous priests along with the priests,
5 # Jer. 19:13 those who bow down on the roofs
to the host of the heavens,
# [1 Kgs. 18:21; 2 Kgs. 17:33, 41] those who bow down and swear to the Lord
and yet swear by #1 Kgs. 11:5, 33Milcom,#1:5 Or their king
6 # Jer. 2:13, 17; 15:6 those who have turned back from following the Lord,
# [Jer. 5:24; Heb. 11:6] who do not seek the Lord or inquire of him.”
The Day of the Lord Is Near
7 # [Hab. 2:20] Be silent before the Lord God!
For #[ver. 14]; See Joel 1:15 the day of the Lord is near;
# Isa. 34:6; Jer. 46:10; Ezek. 39:17, 19 the Lord has prepared a sacrifice
and #1 Sam. 16:5consecrated his guests.
8And on the day of the Lord’s sacrifice—
# 2 Kgs. 24:12, 14; 25:7 “I will punish the officials and the king’s sons
and #[Matt. 22:11]all who array themselves in foreign attire.
9On that day I will punish
everyone #[1 Sam. 5:5]who leaps over the threshold,
and those who fill their master’s#1:9 Or their Lord’s house
with violence and fraud.
10“On that day,” declares the Lord,
“a cry will be heard from #See 2 Chr. 33:14 the Fish Gate,
# Zech. 11:3 a wail from #2 Kgs. 22:14the Second Quarter,
a loud crash from the hills.
11 # Zech. 11:2; James 5:1 Wail, O inhabitants of the Mortar!
For all the traders#1:11 Or all the people of Canaan are no more;
all who weigh out silver are cut off.
12At that time #Amos 9:3 I will search Jerusalem with lamps,
and I will punish the men
# Jer. 48:11; [Amos 6:1] who are complacent,#1:12 Hebrew are thickening on the dregs [of their wine]
# Ps. 94:7; Ezek. 8:12; Mal. 2:17; 3:14, 15 those who say in their hearts,
‘The Lord will not do good,
nor will he do ill.’
13Their goods shall be #Isa. 42:22 plundered,
and their houses laid waste.
# See Amos 5:11 Though they build houses,
they shall not inhabit them;
# See Mic. 6:15 though they plant vineyards,
they shall not drink wine from them.”
14 # [ver. 7; Ezek. 7:7, 12] The great day of the Lord is near,
near and hastening fast;
the sound of the day of the Lord is bitter;
# [Isa. 33:7] the mighty man cries aloud there.
15 # See Joel 1:15 A day of wrath is that day,
a day of distress and anguish,
a day of #Job 30:3 ruin and devastation,
# See Joel 2:2 a day of darkness and gloom,
# See Joel 2:2 a day of clouds and thick darkness,
16 # [Jer. 4:19] a day of trumpet blast and battle cry
# [Isa. 2:15] against the fortified cities
and against the lofty battlements.
17 # Jer. 10:18 I will bring distress on mankind,
so that they shall walk #Deut. 28:29; Isa. 59:10 like the blind,
because they have sinned against the Lord;
# Ps. 79:3 their blood shall be poured out like dust,
and their flesh #[Ps. 83:10]like dung.
18 # Ezek. 7:19; [Prov. 11:4] Neither their silver nor their gold
shall be able to deliver them
on the day of the wrath of the Lord.
# [ch. 3:8] In the fire of his jealousy,
# Ezek. 36:5 all the earth shall be consumed;
# [ver. 2, 3] for a full and sudden end
he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth.

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