The word of Jehovah which came unto Zephaniah the
son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of
Hezekiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah.
I will utterly consume all things from off the
face of the ground, says Jehovah. I will consume
man and beast; I will consume the birds of the heavens, and the fishes of
the sea, and the stumblingblocks with the wicked; and I will cut off man
from off the face of the ground, says Jehovah.
And I will stretch out my 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 Chemarim with the
priests; and them that worship the host of heaven
upon the housetops; and them that worship, that swear to Jehovah and swear
by Malcam; and them that are turned back from
following Jehovah; and those that have not sought Jehovah, nor inquired
after him. Hold thy peace at the presence of the
Lord Jehovah; for the day of Jehovah is at hand: for Jehovah hath prepared
a sacrifice, he hath consecrated his guests. And
it shall come to pass in the day of Jehovah's sacrifice, that I will
punish the princes, and the king's sons, and all such as are clothed with
foreign apparel. And in that day I will punish
all those that leap over the threshold, that fill their master's house
with violence and deceit. And in that day, says
Jehovah, there shall be the noise of a cry from the fish gate, and a
wailing from the second quarter, and a great crashing from the hills.
Wail, ye inhabitants of Maktesh; for all the
people of Canaan are undone; all they that were laden with silver are cut
off. And it shall come to pass at that time,
that I will search Jerusalem with lamps; and I will punish the men that
are settled on their lees, that say in their heart, Jehovah will not do
good, neither will he do evil. And their wealth
shall become a spoil, and their houses a desolation: yea, they shall build
houses, but shall not inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, but
shall not drink the wine thereof. The great day
of Jehovah is near, it is near and hasteth greatly, even the voice
of the day of Jehovah; the mighty man crieth there bitterly.
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,
a day of the trumpet and alarm, against the
fortified cities, and against the high battlements.
And I will bring distress upon men, that they
shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against Jehovah; and
their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as dung.
Neither their silver nor their gold shall be
able to deliver them in the day of Jehovah's wrath; but the whole land
shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he will make an end,
yea, a terrible end, of all them that dwell in the land.
Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together,
O nation that hath no shame; before the decree
bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce
anger of Jehovah come upon you, before the day of Jehovah's anger come
upon you. Seek ye Jehovah, all ye meek of the
earth, that have kept his ordinances; seek righteousness, seek meekness:
it may be ye will be hid in the day of Jehovah's anger.
For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a
desolation; they shall drive out Ashdod at noonday, and Ekron shall be
rooted up. Woe unto the inhabitants of the
sea-coast, the nation of the Cherethites! The word of Jehovah is against
you, O Canaan, the land of the Philistines; I will destroy thee, that
there shall be no inhabitant. And the sea-coast
shall be pastures, with cottages for shepherds and folds for flocks.
And the coast shall be for the remnant of the
house of Judah; they shall feed their flocks thereupon; in the
houses of Ashkelon shall they lie down in the evening; for Jehovah their
God will visit them, and bring back their captivity.
I have heard the reproach of Moab, and the
revilings of the children of Ammon, wherewith they have reproached my
people, and magnified themselves against their border.
Therefore as I live, says Jehovah of hosts, the
God of Israel, Surely Moab shall be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as
Gomorrah, a possession of nettles, and saltpits, and a perpetual
desolation: the residue of my people shall make a prey of them, and the
remnant of my nation shall inherit them. This
shall they have for their pride, because they have reproached and
magnified themselves against the people of Jehovah of hosts.
Jehovah will be terrible unto them; for he will
famish all the gods of the earth; and men shall worship him, every one
from his place, even all the isles of the nations.
Ye Ethiopians also, ye shall be slain by my
sword. And he will stretch out his hand against
the north, and destroy Assyria, and will make Nineveh a desolation, and
dry like the wilderness. And herds shall lie
down in the midst of her, all the beasts of the nations: both the pelican
and the porcupine shall lodge in the capitals thereof; their voice
shall sing in the windows; desolation shall be in the thresholds: for he
hath laid bare the cedar-work. This is the
joyous city that dwelt carelessly, that said in her heart, I am, and there
is none besides me: how is she become a desolation, a place for beasts to
lie down in! every one that passeth by her shall hiss, and wag his hand.
Woe to her that is rebellious and polluted! to
the oppressing city! She obeyed not the voice;
she received not correction; she trusted not in Jehovah; she drew not near
to her God. Her princes in the midst of her are
roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they leave nothing till the
morrow. Her prophets are light and treacherous
persons; her priests have profaned the sanctuary, they have done violence
to the law. Jehovah in the midst of her is
righteous; he will not do iniquity; every morning doth he bring his
justice to light, he faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no shame.
I have cut off nations; their battlements are
desolate; I have made their streets waste, so that none passeth by; their
cities are destroyed, so that there is no man, so that there is no
inhabitant. I said, Only fear thou me; receive
correction; so her dwelling shall not be cut off, according to all
that I have appointed concerning her: but they rose early and corrupted
all their doings. Therefore wait ye for me, says
Jehovah, until the day that I rise up to the prey; for my determination is
to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them
mine indignation, even all my fierce anger; for all the earth shall be
devoured with the fire of my jealousy. For then
will I turn to the peoples of a pure language, that they may all call upon
the name of Jehovah, to serve him with one consent.
From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my
suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering.
In that day will thou not be put to shame for
all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against me; for then I will
take away out of the midst of thee thy proudly exulting ones, and thou
will no more be haughty in my holy mountain.
But I will leave in the midst of thee an
afflicted and poor people, and they shall take refuge in the name of
Jehovah. The remnant of Israel shall not do
iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in
their mouth; for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them
afraid. Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O
Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.
Jehovah hath taken away thy judgments, he hath
cast out thine enemy: the King of Israel, even Jehovah, is in the midst of
thee; thou will not fear evil any more. In that
day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not; O Zion, let not thy
hands be slack. Jehovah thy God is in the midst
of thee, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over thee with joy;
he will rest in his love; he will joy over thee with singing.
I will gather them that sorrow for the solemn
assembly, who were of thee; to whom the burden upon her was a
reproach. Behold, at that time I will deal with
all them that afflict thee; and I will save that which is lame, and gather
that which was driven away; and I will make them a praise and a name,
whose shame hath been in all the earth. At that
time will I bring you in, and at that time will I gather you; for I will
make you a name and a praise among all the peoples of the earth, when I
bring back your captivity before your eyes, says Jehovah.
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