1:1 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.
Judgment on the Whole
Earth in the Day of the Lord
1:2 I will utterly consume all things from off the land,
saith the LORD.
1:3 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.
1:4 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;
1:5 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;
1:6 And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those
that have not sought the LORD, nor enquired for him.
1:7 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.
1:8 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.
1:9 In the same day also will I punish all those that leap
on the threshold, which fill their masters' houses with
violence and deceit.
1:10 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
1:11 Howl, ye inhabitants of Maktesh, for all the merchant
people are cut down; all they that bear silver are cut off.
1:12 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.
1:13 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.
1:14 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.
1:15 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,
1:16 A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced
cities, and against the high towers.
1:17 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.
1:18 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