« Zephaniah 1 »
King James Bible
Zephaniah Prophesies Judgment on Judah
1The 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.
2I will utterly consume all [things] from off the land, saith the LORD.
3I 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.
4I 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;
5And 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;
6And them that are turned back from the LORD; and [those] that have not sought the LORD, nor
inquired for him.
The Day of the Lord
(1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; 2 Peter 3:10-13)
7Hold 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.
8And 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.
9In the same day also will I punish all those that leap on the threshold, which fill their masters'
houses with violence and deceit.
10And 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 the hills.
11Howl, ye inhabitants of Maktesh, for all the merchant people are cut down; all they that bear
silver are cut off.
12And 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.
13Therefore 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.
14The 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.
15That 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,
16A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.
17And 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.
18Neither 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 the land.
« Zephaniah 2 »
King James Bible
A Call to Repentance
(Joel 1:13-20; Amos 5:4-15; Luke 13:1-5)
1Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired;
2Before the decree bring forth, [before] the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the
LORD come upon you, before the day of the LORD'S anger come upon you.
3Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek
righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD'S anger.
The Judgment on the Philistines
4For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon
day, and Ekron shall be rooted up.
5Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites! the word of the LORD [is]
against you; O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no
6And the sea coast shall be dwellings [and] cottages for shepherds, and folds for flocks.
7And the coast shall be for the remnant of the house of Judah; they shall feed thereupon: in the
houses of Ashkelon shall they lie down in the evening: for the LORD their God shall visit them, and
turn away their captivity.
The Judgment on Moab and Ammon
8I have heard the reproach of Moab, and the revilings of the children of Ammon, whereby they
have reproached my people, and magnified [themselves] against their border.
9Therefore [as] I live, saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Surely Moab shall be as Sodom,
and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah, [even] the breeding of nettles, and saltpits, and a
perpetual desolation: the residue of my people shall spoil them, and the remnant of my people
shall possess them.
10This shall they have for their pride, because they have reproached and magnified [themselves]
against the people of the LORD of hosts. 11The LORD [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 heathen.
The Judgment on Ethiopia and Assyria
12Ye Ethiopians also, ye [shall be] slain by my sword.
13And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria; and will make Nineveh a
desolation, [and] dry like a wilderness.
14And flocks shall lie down in the midst of her, all the beasts of the nations: both the cormorant and
the bittern shall lodge in the upper lintels of it; [their] voice shall sing in the windows; desolation
[shall be] in the thresholds: for he shall uncover the cedar work.
15This [is] the rejoicing city that dwelt carelessly, that said in her heart, I [am], and [there is] none
beside 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.
« Zephaniah 3 »
King James Bible
The Judgment on Jerusalem
1Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city!
2She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the LORD; she drew not
near to her God.
3Her princes within her [are] roaring lions; her judges [are] evening wolves; they gnaw not the
bones till the morrow.
4Her prophets [are] light [and] treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they
have done violence to the law.
5The just LORD [is] in the midst thereof; he will not do iniquity: every morning doth he bring his
judgment to light, he faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no shame.
6I have cut off the nations: their towers are desolate; I made their streets waste, that none passeth
by: their cities are destroyed, so that there is no man, that there is none inhabitant.
7I said, Surely thou wilt fear me, thou wilt receive instruction; so their dwelling should not be cut
off, howsoever I punished them: but they rose early, [and] corrupted all their doings.
8Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, 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
Purification of the Nations
9For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the
LORD, to serve him with one consent.
10From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, [even] the daughter of my dispersed, shall
bring mine offering.
11In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against
me: for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride, and thou shalt
no more be haughty because of my holy mountain.
12I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name
of the LORD.
13The 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.
14Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of
15The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel,
[even] the LORD, [is] in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more.
16In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: [and to] Zion, Let not thine hands be
17The LORD thy God in the midst of thee [is] mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with
joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.
18I will gather [them that are] sorrowful for the solemn assembly, [who] are of thee, [to whom] the
reproach of it [was] a burden.
19Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather
her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been
put to shame.
20At that time will I bring you [again], even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a
name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes,
saith the LORD.