1: The word of the LORD which came to Zephani'ah
the son of Cushi, son of Gedali'ah, son of Amari'ah, son of Hezeki'ah, in the
days of Josi'ah the son of Amon, king of Judah.
2: "I will utterly
sweep away everything from the face of the earth," says the LORD.
"I will sweep away man and beast; I will sweep away the birds of the air and the
fish of the sea. I will overthrow the wicked; I will cut off mankind from the
face of the earth," says the LORD.
4: "I will stretch out my hand
against Judah, and against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off
from this place the remnant of Ba'al and the name of the idolatrous priests;
5: those who bow down on the roofs to the host of the heavens; those
who bow down and swear to the LORD and yet swear by Milcom;
who have turned back from following the LORD, who do not seek the LORD or
inquire of him."
7: Be silent before the Lord GOD! For the day of the
LORD is at hand; the LORD has prepared a sacrifice and consecrated his guests.
8: And on the day of the LORD'S sacrifice -- "I will punish the
officials and the king's sons and all who array themselves in foreign attire.
9: On that day I will punish every one who leaps over the threshold,
and those who fill their master's house with violence and fraud."
"On that day," says the LORD, "a cry will be heard from the Fish Gate, a wail
from the Second Quarter, a loud crash from the hills.
11: Wail, O
inhabitants of the Mortar! For all the traders are no more; all who weigh out
silver are cut off.
12: At that time I will search Jerusalem with
lamps, and I will punish the men who are thickening upon their lees, those who
say in their hearts, `The LORD will not do good, nor will he do ill.'
13: Their goods shall be plundered, and their houses laid waste.
Though they build houses, they shall not inhabit them; though they plant
vineyards, they shall not drink wine from them."
14: The great day of
the LORD is near, near and hastening fast; the sound of the day of the LORD is
bitter, the mighty man cries aloud there.
15: A day of wrath is that
day, a day of distress and anguish, a day of ruin and devastation, a day of
darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness,
16: a day of
trumpet blast and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the lofty
17: I will bring distress on men, so that they shall
walk like the blind, because they have sinned against the LORD; their blood
shall be poured out like dust, and their flesh like dung.
their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them on the day of the
wrath of the LORD. In the fire of his jealous wrath, all the earth shall be
consumed; for a full, yea, sudden end he will make of all the inhabitants of the
1: Come together and hold assembly, O shameless
2: before you are driven away like the drifting chaff, before
there comes upon you the fierce anger of the LORD, before there comes upon you
the day of the wrath of the LORD.
3: Seek the LORD, all you humble of
the land, who do his commands; seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you
may be hidden on the day of the wrath of the LORD.
4: For Gaza shall
be deserted, and Ash'kelon shall become a desolation; Ashdod's people shall be
driven out at noon, and Ekron shall be uprooted.
5: Woe to you
inhabitants of the seacoast, you nation of the Cher'ethites! The word of the
LORD is against you, O Canaan, land of the Philistines; and I will destroy you
till no inhabitant is left.
6: And you, O seacoast, shall be
pastures, meadows for shepherds and folds for flocks.
7: The seacoast
shall become the possession of the remnant of the house of Judah, on which they
shall pasture, and in the houses of Ash'kelon they shall lie down at evening.
For the LORD their God will be mindful of them and restore their fortunes.
8: "I have heard the taunts of Moab and the revilings of the
Ammonites, how they have taunted my people and made boasts against their
9: Therefore, as I live," says the LORD of hosts, the God
of Israel, "Moab shall become like Sodom, and the Ammonites like Gomor'rah, a
land possessed by nettles and salt pits, and a waste for ever. The remnant of my
people shall plunder them, and the survivors of my nation shall possess them."
10: This shall be their lot in return for their pride, because they
scoffed and boasted against the people of the LORD of hosts.
LORD will be terrible against them; yea, he will famish all the gods of the
earth, and to him shall bow down, each in its place, all the lands of the
12: You also, O Ethiopians, shall be slain by my sword.
13: And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy
Assyria; and he will make Nin'eveh a desolation, a dry waste like the desert.
14: Herds shall lie down in the midst of her, all the beasts of the
field; the vulture and the hedgehog shall lodge in her capitals; the owl shall
hoot in the window, the raven croak on the threshold; for her cedar work will be
15: This is the exultant city that dwelt secure, that said
to herself, "I am and there is none else." What a desolation she has become, a
lair for wild beasts! Every one who passes by her hisses and shakes his fist.
1: Woe to her that is rebellious and defiled, the
2: She listens to no voice, she accepts no
correction. She does not trust in the LORD, she does not draw near to her God.
3: Her officials within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening
wolves that leave nothing till the morning.
4: Her prophets are
wanton, faithless men; her priests profane what is sacred, they do violence to
5: The LORD within her is righteous, he does no wrong; every
morning he shows forth his justice, each dawn he does not fail; but the unjust
knows no shame.
6: "I have cut off nations; their battlements are in
ruins; I have laid waste their streets so that none walks in them; their cities
have been made desolate, without a man, without an inhabitant.
said, `Surely she will fear me, she will accept correction; she will not lose
sight of all that I have enjoined upon her.' But all the more they were eager to
make all their deeds corrupt."
8: "Therefore wait for me," says the
LORD, "for the day when I arise as a witness. For my decision is to gather
nations, to assemble kingdoms, to pour out upon them my indignation, all the
heat of my anger; for in the fire of my jealous wrath all the earth shall be
9: "Yea, at that time I will change the speech of the
peoples to a pure speech, that all of them may call on the name of the LORD and
serve him with one accord.
10: From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my
suppliants, the daughter of my dispersed ones, shall bring my offering.
11: "On that day you shall not be put to shame because of the deeds
by which you have rebelled against me; for then I will remove from your midst
your proudly exultant ones, and you shall no longer be haughty in my holy
12: For I will leave in the midst of you a people humble
and lowly. They shall seek refuge in the name of the LORD,
who are left in Israel; they shall do no wrong and utter no lies, nor shall
there be found in their mouth a deceitful tongue. For they shall pasture and lie
down, and none shall make them afraid."
14: Sing aloud, O daughter of
Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of
15: The LORD has taken away the judgments against you, he
has cast out your enemies. The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; you
shall fear evil no more.
16: On that day it shall be said to
Jerusalem: "Do not fear, O Zion; let not your hands grow weak.
The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will
rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult
over you with loud singing
18: as on a day of festival. "I will
remove disaster from you, so that you will not bear reproach for it.
19: Behold, at that time I will deal with all your oppressors. And I
will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will change their shame into
praise and renown in all the earth.
20: At that time I will bring you
home, at the time when I gather you together; yea, I will make you renowned and
praised among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before
your eyes," says the LORD.