NASB — Zephaniah 1 — KJV

Day of Judgment on Judah

1 The word of the LORD which came to Zephaniah son of Cushi, son of Gedaliah, son of Amariah, son of Hezekiah, in the days of aJosiah son of bAmon, king of Judah:

[1] a2K 22:1, 2; 2Ch 34:1-33; Jr 1:2; 22:11 b2K 21:18-26; 2Ch 33:20-25

  2 ¶ “I will completely aremove all [things]
  From the face of the Iearth,” declares the LORD.
  3 “I will remove aman and beast;
  I will remove the bbirds of the sky
  And the fish of the sea,
  And the Icruins along with the wicked;
  And I will cut off man from the face of the IIearth,” declares the LORD.
  4 “So I will astretch out My hand against Judah
  And against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
  And I will bcut off the remnant of Baal from this place,
  [And] the names of the cidolatrous priests along with the priests.
  5 “And those who bow down on the ahousetops to the host of heaven,
  And those who bow down [and] bswear to the LORD and [yet] swear by IcMilcom,
  6 And those who have aturned back from following the LORD,
  And those who have bnot sought the LORD or inquired of Him.”

[2] ILit ground aGn 6:7; Jr 7:20; Ezk 33:27, 28
[3] IOr stumbling blocks IILit ground aIs 6:11, 12 bJr 4:25; 9:10 cEzk 7:19; 14:3, 4, 8
[4] aJr 6:12; Ezk 6:14 bMi 5:13 c2K 23:5; Ho 10:5
[5] IOr their king; M.T. Malcam, probably a variant spelling of Milcom a2K 23:12; Jr 19:13 bJr 5:2, 7; 7:9, 10 c1K 11:5, 33; Jr 49:1
[6] aIs 1:4; Ho 7:10 bIs 9:13

  7IaBe silent before the Lord IIGOD!
  For the bday of the LORD is near,
  For the LORD has prepared a csacrifice,
  He has dconsecrated His guests.
  8 “Then it will come about on the day of the LORDS sacrifice
  That I will apunish the princes, the king’s sons
  And all who clothe themselves with bforeign garments.
  9 “And I will punish on that day all who leap on the [temple] threshold,
  Who fill the house of their Ilord with aviolence and deceit.
  10 “On that day,” declares the LORD,
  “There will be the sound of a cry from the aFish Gate,
  A wail from the IbSecond Quarter,
  And a loud crash from the chills.
  11 “Wail, O inhabitants of the IMortar,
  For all the IIpeople of aCanaan will be silenced;
  All who weigh out bsilver will be cut off.
  12 “It will come about at that time
  That I will asearch Jerusalem with lamps,
  And I will punish the men
  Who are Ibstagnant in spirit,
  Who say in their hearts,
  ‘The LORD will cnot do good or evil!’
  13 “Moreover, their wealth will become aplunder
  And their houses desolate;
  Yes, bthey will build houses but not inhabit [them],
  And plant vineyards but not drink their wine.”

[7] ILit Hush IIHeb YHWH, usually rendered LORD aHab 2:20; Zc 2:13 bZp 1:14 cIs 34:6; Jr 46:10 d1S 16:5; Is 13:3
[8] aIs 24:21; Hab 1:10 bIs 2:6
[9] IOr Lord aJr 5:27; Am 3:10
[10] II.e. a district of Jerusalem a2Ch 33:14; Ne 3:3; 12:39 b2Ch 34:22 cEzk 6:13
[11] II.e. a district of Jerusalem IIOr merchant people will aZp 2:5; Zc 14:21 bJb 27:16, 17; Ho 9:6
[12] ILit thickening on their lees aJr 16:16, 17; Ezk 9:4-11; Am 9:1-3 bJr 48:11; Am 6:1 cEzk 8:12; 9:9
[13] aJr 15:13; 17:3 bAm 5:11; Mi 6:15

  14 ¶ Near is the agreat bday of the LORD,
  Near and coming very quickly;
  Listen, the day of the LORD!
  IIn it the warrior ccries out bitterly.
  15 A day of wrath is that day,
  A day of atrouble and distress,
  A day of destruction and desolation,
  A day of bdarkness and gloom,
  A day of clouds and thick darkness,
  16 A day of atrumpet and battle cry
  Against the bfortified cities
  And the high corner towers.
  17 I will bring adistress on men
  So that they will walk blike the blind,
  Because they have sinned against the LORD;
  And their cblood will be poured out like dust
  And their dflesh like dung.
  18 Neither their asilver nor their gold
  Will be able to deliver them
  On the day of the LORDS wrath;
  And ball the earth will be devoured
  In the fire of His jealousy,
  For He will cmake a complete end,
  Indeed a terrifying one,
  Of all the inhabitants of the earth.

[14] ILit There aJr 30:7; Jol 2:11; Mal 4:5 bEzk 7:7, 12; 30:3; Jol 1:15; 3:14; Zp 1:7 cEzk 7:16-18
[15] aIs 22:5 bJol 2:2, 31; Am 5:18-20
[16] aIs 27:13; Jr 4:19 bIs 2:12-15
[17] aJr 10:18 bDt 28:29 cEzk 24:7, 8 dJr 8:2; 9:22
[18] aEzk 7:19 bZp 3:8 cGn 6:7; Ezk 7:5-7


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God's severe judgment against Judah for divers sins.

1 ¶ The word of the LORD which came unto Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hizkiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah. 2 I will utterly consume all [things] from off the land, saith the LORD. 3 I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumblingblocks with the wicked; and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the LORD. 4 I will also stretch out mine 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 Chemarims with the priests; 5 And them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship [and] that swear by the LORD, and that swear by Malcham; 6 And them that are turned back from the LORD; and [those] that have not sought the LORD, nor enquired for him. 7 Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord GOD: for the day of the LORD [is] at hand: for the LORD hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests. 8 And it shall come to pass in the day of the LORD'S sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king's children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel. 9 In the same day also will I punish all those that leap on the threshold, which fill their masters' houses with violence and deceit. 10 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD, [that there shall be] the noise of a cry from the fish gate, and an howling from the second, and a great crashing from the hills. 11 Howl, ye inhabitants of Maktesh, for all the merchant people are cut down; all they that bear silver are cut off. 12 And it shall come to pass at that time, [that] I will search Jerusalem with candles, and punish the men that are settled on their lees: that say in their heart, The LORD will not do good, neither will he do evil. 13 Therefore their goods shall become a booty, and their houses a desolation: they shall also build houses, but not inhabit [them]; and they shall plant vineyards, but not drink the wine thereof. 14 The great day of the LORD [is] near, [it is] near, and hasteth greatly, [even] the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. 15 That 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, 16 A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers. 17 And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung. 18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

[1] 2K 22:1; 2Ch 34:1; Jr 1:2; 25:3; Ezk 1:3; Ho 1:1; 2Ti 3:16; 2P 1:19.
[2] 2K 22:16; 2Ch 36:21; Is 6:11; Jr 6:8; 24:8; 34:22; 36:29; Ezk 33:27; Mi 7:13.
[3] Is 27:9; Jr 4:23; 12:4; Ezk 7:19; 14:3, 13; 15:6; 44:12; Ho 4:3; 14:3, 8; Mi 5:11; Zc 13:2; Mt 23:39; Rv 2:14.
[4] Ex 15:12; 2K 21:13; 23:4; 2Ch 34:4; Is 14:26; Ho 10:5.
[5] Dt 10:20; Jsh 23:7; 1K 11:33; 18:21; 2K 17:33, 41; 23:12; Is 44:5; 45:23; 48:1; Jr 4:2; 19:13; 32:29; Ho 4:15; Am 5:26; Mt 6:24; Ro 14:11.
[6] 1S 15:11; Ps 10:4; 14:2; 36:3; 125:5; Is 1:4; 43:22; Jr 2:13, 17; 3:10; 15:6; Ezk 3:20; Ho 4:15; 7:7; 11:7; Ro 3:11; He 2:3; 10:38; 2P 2:18.
[7] 1S 2:9; 16:5; 20:26; Jb 40:4; Ps 46:10; 76:8; Pv 9:1; Is 2:12; 6:5; 13:6; 34:6; Jr 46:10; Ezk 7:7, 10; 39:17; Jol 2:1, 11, 31; Am 5:18; 6:10; Hab 2:20; Zp 1:14; Zc 2:13; Mal 4:1; Mt 22:4; Lk 14:16; Ro 3:19; 9:20; Php 4:5; Col 1:12; 2P 3:10; Rv 19:17.
[8] Dt 22:5; 2K 10:22; 23:30; 24:12; 25:6, 19; Is 3:18; 10:12; 24:21; 39:7; Jr 22:11, 24; 39:6.
[9] 1S 2:15; 5:5; 2K 5:20; Ne 5:15; Pv 29:12; Ac 16:19.
[10] 2S 5:7, 9; 2K 22:14; 2Ch 3:1; 32:22; 33:14; Ne 3:3; Is 22:4; 59:11; Jr 4:19, 31; 39:2; Am 8:3; Zp 1:7, 15.
[11] Ne 3:31; Jr 4:8; 25:34; Ezk 21:12; Ho 12:7; Jol 1:5, 13; Zc 11:2; Jn 2:16; Jm 5:1; Rv 18:11.
[12] Jb 21:15; Ps 10:11; 14:1; 94:7; Is 5:19; Jr 10:5; 16:16; 48:11; Ezk 8:12; 9:9; Am 6:1; 9:1; Ob 1:6; Mal 3:14; 2P 3:4; Rv 2:23.
[13] Dt 28:30, 39, 51; Is 5:8; 6:11; 24:1; 65:21; Jr 4:7, 20; 5:17; 9:11, 19; 12:10; Ezk 7:19, 21; 22:31; Am 5:11; Mi 3:12; 6:15; Zp 1:9.
[14] Is 15:4; 22:4; 33:7; 66:6; Jr 25:36; 30:7; 48:41; Ezk 7:6, 12; 12:23; 30:3; Jol 2:1, 11, 31; 3:16; Am 8:2; Zp 1:7, 10; Mal 4:5; Ac 2:20; Php 4:5; 1Th 4:16; He 12:26; Jm 5:9; 2P 2:3; Rv 6:15, 17.
[15] Jb 3:4; Is 22:5; Jr 30:7; Jol 2:2, 11; Am 5:18; Zp 1:18; 2:2; Lk 21:22; Ro 2:5; 2P 3:7; Rv 6:17.
[16] Ps 48:12; Is 2:12; 32:14; 59:10; Jr 4:19; 6:1; 8:16; Ho 5:8; 8:1; Am 3:6; Hab 1:6; 3:6.
[17] Dt 28:28; 2K 9:33; Ps 79:2, 3; 83:10; Is 24:5; 29:10; 50:1; 59:9, 12; Jr 2:17, 19; 4:18; 9:21; 15:3; 16:4; 18:21; Lm 1:8, 14, 18; 2:21; 4:13, 14; 5:16; Ezk 22:25; Dn 9:5; Am 4:10; Mi 3:9; 7:13; Mt 15:14; Jn 9:40; Ro 11:7, 25; 2Co 4:4; 2P 1:9; 1Jn 2:11; Rv 3:17.
[18] Lv 26:33; Dt 29:20; 31:17; 32:21; 1K 14:22; Jb 21:30; Ps 49:6; 52:5; 78:58; 79:5; Pv 11:4; 18:11; Is 1:24; 2:20; 24:1; Jr 4:26; 7:20, 34; 9:11, 23; Ezk 7:19; 8:3; 16:38; 36:5; Zp 1:2, 11, 15; 3:8; Mt 16:26; Lk 12:19; 16:22; 1Co 10:22.


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