1 The word of the LORD which came to Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, in the days of a Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah.
"I will 1 utterly consume everything
From the face of the land,"
Says the LORD; 3 "I b will consume man and beast;
I will consume the birds of the heavens,
The fish of the sea,
And the 2 stumbling blocks 3 along with the wicked.
I will cut off man from the face of the 4 land,"
Says the LORD. 4 "I will stretch out My hand against Judah,
And against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
5 I will cut off every trace of Baal from this place,
The names of the c idolatrous 6 priests with the pagan priests - 5 Those d who worship the host of heaven on the housetops;
Those who worship and swear oaths by the LORD,
But who also swear e by 7 Milcom; 8 6 f Those who have turned back from following the LORD,
And g have not sought the LORD, nor inquired of Him."
h Be silent in the presence of the Lord GOD;
i For the day of the LORD is at hand,
For j the LORD has prepared a sacrifice;
He has 9 invited His guests. 8 "And it shall be,
In the day of the LORD's sacrifice,
That I will punish k the princes and the king's children,
And all such as are clothed with foreign apparel. 9 In the same day I will punish
All those who l leap over the threshold, 10
Who fill their masters' houses with violence and deceit.
"And there shall be on that day," says the LORD,
"The sound of a mournful cry from m the Fish Gate,
A wailing from the Second Quarter,
And a loud crashing from the hills. 11 n Wail, you inhabitants of 11 Maktesh! 12
For all the merchant people are cut down;
All those who handle money are cut off. 12 "And it shall come to pass at that time
That I will search Jerusalem with lamps,
And punish the men
Who are o settled 13 in complacency,
p Who say in their heart,
'The LORD will not do good,
Nor will He do evil.' 13 Therefore their goods shall become booty,
And their houses a desolation;
They shall build houses, but not inhabit them;
They shall plant vineyards, but q not drink their wine."
r The great day of the LORD is near;
It is near and hastens quickly.
The noise of the day of the LORD is bitter;
There the mighty men shall cry out. 15 s That day is a day of wrath,
A day of trouble and distress,
A day of devastation and desolation,
A day of darkness and gloominess,
A day of clouds and thick darkness, 16 A day of t trumpet and alarm
Against the fortified cities
And against the high towers.
"I will bring distress upon men,
And they shall u walk like blind men,
Because they have sinned against the LORD;
Their blood shall be poured out like dust,
And their flesh like refuse." 18 v 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 will make speedy riddance
Of all those who dwell in the land.