Zephaniah 1-3 - Day of Judgment on Judah; Judgments on Judah's Enemies; A Remnant of Israel

Zephaniah 1

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 Josiah son of Amon, king of Judah:


2 "I will completely remove all things

From the face of the earth," declares

the LORD.

3 "I will remove man and beast;

I will remove the birds of the sky

And the fish of the sea,

And the ruins along with the wicked;

And I will cut off man from the face of

the earth," declares the LORD.

4 "So I will stretch out My hand against

Judah

And against all the inhabitants of

Jerusalem.

And I will cut off the remnant of Baal

from this place,

And the names of the idolatrous priests

along with the priests.

5 "And those who bow down on the

housetops to the host of heaven,

And those who bow down and swear to

the LORD and yet swear by Milcom,

6 And those who have turned back from

following the LORD,

And those who have not sought the LORD

or inquired of Him."


7 Be silent before the Lord GOD!

For the day of the LORD is near,

For the LORD has prepared a sacrifice,

He has consecrated His guests.

8 "Then it will come about on the day of

the LORD'S sacrifice

That I will punish the princes, the king's

sons

And all who clothe themselves with foreign

garments.

9 "And I will punish on that day all who

leap on the temple threshold,

Who fill the house of their lord with violence

and deceit.

10 "On that day," declares the LORD,

"There will be the sound of a cry from the

Fish Gate,

A wail from the Second Quarter,

And a loud crash from the hills.

11"Wail, O inhabitants of the Mortar,

For all the people of Canaan will be

silenced;

All who weigh out silver will be cut off.

12 "It will come about at that time

That I will search Jerusalem with lamps,

And I will punish the men

Who are stagnant in spirit,

Who say in their hearts,

`The LORD will not do good or evil!'

13 "Moreover, their wealth will become

plunder

And their houses desolate;

Yes, they will build houses but not inhabit

them,

And plant vineyards but not drink their

wine."


14 Near is the great day of the LORD,

Near and coming very quickly;

Listen, the day of the LORD!

In it the warrior cries out bitterly.

15 A day of wrath is that day,

A day of trouble and distress,

A day of destruction and desolation,

A day of darkness and gloom,

A day of clouds and thick darkness,

16 A day of trumpet and battle cry

Against the fortified cities

And the high corner towers.

17 I will bring distress on men

So that they will walk like the blind,

Because they have sinned against

the LORD;

And their blood will be poured out

like dust

And their flesh like dung.

18 Neither their silver nor their gold

Will be able to deliver them

On the day of the LORD'S wrath;

And all the earth will be devoured

In the fire of His jealousy,

For He will make a complete end,

Indeed a terrifying one,

Of all the inhabitants of the earth.

Zephaniah 2

Judgments on Judah's Enemies


1 Gather yourselves together, yes,

gather,

O nation without shame,

2 Before the decree takes effect--

The day passes like the chaff--

Before the burning anger of the LORD

comes upon you,

Before the day of the LORD'S anger

comes upon you.

3 Seek the LORD,

All you humble of the earth

Who have carried out His ordinances;

Seek righteousness, seek humility.

Perhaps you will be hidden

In the day of the LORD'S anger.


4 For Gaza will be abandoned

And Ashkelon a desolation;

Ashdod will be driven out at noon

And Ekron will be uprooted.

5 Woe to the inhabitants of the seacoast,

The nation of the Cherethites!

The word of the LORD is against you,

O Canaan, land of the Philistines;

And I will destroy you

So that there will be no inhabitant.

6 So the seacoast will be pastures,

With caves for shepherds and folds for

flocks.

7 And the coast will be

For the remnant of the house of Judah,

They will pasture on it.

In the houses of Ashkelon they will lie

down at evening;

For the LORD their God will care for

them

And restore their fortune.


8 "I have heard the taunting of Moab

And the revilings of the sons of Ammon,

With which they have taunted My people

And become arrogant against their territory.

9 "Therefore, as I live," declares the LORD

of hosts,

The God of Israel,

"Surely Moab will be like Sodom

And the sons of Ammon like Gomorrah--

A place possessed by nettles and salt pits,

And a perpetual desolation.

The remnant of My people will plunder

them

And the remainder of My nation will inherit

them."


10 This they will have in return for their pride, because they have taunted and become arrogant against the people of the LORD of hosts. 11 The LORD will be terrifying to them, for He will starve all the gods of the earth; and all the coastlands of the nations will bow down to Him, everyone from his own place.


12 "You also, O Ethiopians, will be slain

by My sword."

13 And He will stretch out His hand against

the north

And destroy Assyria,

And He will make Nineveh a desolation,

Parched like the wilderness.

14 Flocks will lie down in her midst,

All beasts which range in herds;

Both the pelican and the hedgehog

Will lodge in the tops of her pillars;

Birds will sing in the window,

Desolation will be on the threshold;

For He has laid bare the cedar work.

15 This is the exultant city

Which dwells securely,

Who says in her heart,

"I am, and there is no one besides me."

How she has become a desolation,

A resting place for beasts!

Everyone who passes by her will hiss

And wave his hand in contempt.


Zephaniah 3

Woe to Jerusalem and the Nations


1 Woe to her who is rebellious and

defiled,

The tyrannical city!

2 She heeded no voice,

She accepted no instruction.

She did not trust in the LORD,

She did not draw near to her God.

3 Her princes within her are roaring

lions,

Her judges are wolves at evening;

They leave nothing for the morning.

4 Her prophets are reckless, treacherous

men;

Her priests have profaned the sanctuary.

They have done violence to the law.

5 The LORD is righteous within her;

He will do no injustice.

Every morning He brings His justice to

light;

He does not fail.

But the unjust knows no shame.

6 "I have cut off nations;

Their corner towers are in ruins.

I have made their streets desolate,

With no one passing by;

Their cities are laid waste,

Without a man, without an inhabitant.

7 "I said, `Surely you will revere Me,

Accept instruction.'

So her dwelling will not be cut off

According to all that I have appointed

concerning her.

But they were eager to corrupt all their

deeds.


8 "Therefore wait for Me," declares

the LORD,

"For the day when I rise up as a witness.

Indeed, My decision is to gather nations,

To assemble kingdoms,

To pour out on them My indignation,

All My burning anger;

For all the earth will be devoured

By the fire of My zeal.

9 "For then I will give to the peoples

purified lips,

That all of them may call on the name

of the LORD,

To serve Him shoulder to shoulder.

10 "From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia

My worshipers, My dispersed ones,

Will bring My offerings.

11 "In that day you will feel no shame

Because of all your deeds

By which you have rebelled against Me;

For then I will remove from your midst

Your proud, exulting ones,

And you will never again be haughty

On My holy mountain.


A Remnant of Israel


12 "But I will leave among you

A humble and lowly people,

And they will take refuge in the name

of the LORD.

13 "The remnant of Israel will do no

wrong

And tell no lies,

Nor will a deceitful tongue

Be found in their mouths;

For they will feed and lie down

With no one to make them tremble."


14 Shout for joy, O daughter of Zion!

Shout in triumph, O Israel!

Rejoice and exult with all your heart,

O daughter of Jerusalem!

15 The LORD has taken away His

judgments against you,

He has cleared away your enemies.

The King of Israel, the LORD, is in

your midst;

You will fear disaster no more.

16 In that day it will be said to

Jerusalem:

"Do not be afraid, O Zion;

Do not let your hands fall limp.

17 "The LORD your God is in your

midst,

A victorious warrior.

He will exult over you with joy,

He will be quiet in His love,

He will rejoice over you with shouts

of joy.

18 "I will gather those who grieve

about the appointed feasts--

They came from you, O Zion;

The reproach of exile is a burden on

them.

19 "Behold, I am going to deal at that

time

With all your oppressors,

I will save the lame

And gather the outcast,

And I will turn their shame into praise

and renown

In all the earth.

20 "At that time I will bring you in,

Even at the time when I gather you

together;

Indeed, I will give you renown and

praise

Among all the peoples of the earth,

When I restore your fortunes before

your eyes,"

Says the LORD.

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