For the choir director: ona stringed instruments.
1The word of the LORD that came to Zephaniah son of Cushi, son of Gedaliah, son of Amariah, son of Hezekiah,b in the days of Josiahc son of Amon,d king of Judah.
The Great Day of the Lord
2I will completely sweep away everything
from the face of the earthe —
this is the LORD’s declaration.
3I will sweep away man and animal;f
I will sweep away the birds of the sky
and the fish of the sea,
and the ruinsg along with the wicked.h
I will cut off mankind
from the face of the earth.
This is the LORD’s declaration.
4I will stretch out My handi against Judah
and against all the residents of Jerusalem.
I will cut off every vestige of •Baalj
from this place,
the names of the pagan priestsk
along with the priests;
5those who bow in worship on the rooftopsl
to the heavenly host;
those who bow and pledge loyalty to the LORDm
but also pledge loyalty to •Milcom;n, o
6and those who turn back from following the LORD,
who do not seek the LORD or inquire of Him.
7Be silent in the presence of the Lord GOD,p
for the Day of the LORD is near.q
Indeed, the LORD has prepared a sacrifice;r
He has consecrated His guests.s
8On the day of the LORD’s sacrifice
I will punish the officials, the king’s sons,
and all who are dressed in foreign clothing.
9On that dayt I will punish
all who skip over the threshold,u, v
who fill their master’s house
with violence and deceit.
10On that day —
this is the LORD’s declaration —
there will be an outcry from the Fish Gate,w
a wailing from the Second District,x
and a loud crashing from the hills.
11Wail, you residents of the Hollow,y
for all the merchantsz will be silenced;
all those loaded with silver will be cut off.
12And at that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps
and punish the men who settle down comfortably,aa, ab
who say to themselves:
The LORD will not do good or evil.ac
13Their wealth will become plunder
and their houses a ruin.
They will build houses but never live in them,
plant vineyards but never drink their wine.ad
14The great Day of the LORD is near,ae
near and rapidly approaching.
Listen, the Day of the LORD —
then the warrior’s cry is bitter.
15That day is a day of wrath,
a day of trouble and distress,
a day of destruction and desolation,
a day of darknessaf and gloom,
a day of clouds and blackness,ag
16a day of trumpet blast and battle cry
against the fortified cities,
and against the high corner towers.
17I will bring distress on mankind,
and they will walk like the blindah
because they have sinned against the LORD.
Their blood will be poured out like dust
and their flesh like dung.
18Their silver and their gold
will not be able to rescue them
on the day of the LORD’s wrath.ai
The whole earth will be consumed
by the fire of His jealousy.aj
For He will make a complete,
yes, a horrifying end
of all the inhabitants of the earth.
a. 3:19 Lit on my
b. 1:1 2Kg 16:20; 18:1-20:21
c. 1:1 2Kg 22:1–23:30; 2Ch 34:1–36:1; Jr 1:2
d. 1:1 2Kg 21:18-25
e. 1:2 Gn 6:7; 7:4
f. 1:3 1Kg 14:10; Ezk 14:17
g. 1:3 Perhaps objects connected with idolatry
h. 1:3 Is 13:9-12; Mt 13:41
i. 1:4 Ex 3:20; Ps 138:7; Ezk 14:9; 25:7,16; Zph 2:13
j. 1:4 1Kg 16:30-32
k. 1:4 2Kg 23:5
l. 1:5 Jr 19:13; 32:29
m. 1:5 Dt 6:13; Is 48:1
n. 1:5 Some LXX mss, Syr, Vg; MT, other LXX mss read their king
o. 1:5 1Kg 11:5; 2Kg 23:13; Jr 49:1,3
p. 1:7 Nm 13:30; Jdg 3:19; Hab 2:20; Zch 2:13
q. 1:7 Zph 1:14,18; 2:2-3
r. 1:7 Is 34:6; Jr 46:10
s. 1:7 Lv 7:11-21; 1Sm 16:5; 2Ch 35:5-13; Jr 22:17
t. 1:9 Zph 1:10; 3:11,16
u. 1:9 Hb obscure
v. 1:9 1Sm 5:5
w. 1:10 2Ch 33:14; Neh 3:3; 12:39
x. 1:10 2Kg 22:14; 2Ch 34:22
y. 1:11 Or the market district
z. 1:11 Or Canaanites
aa. 1:12 Lit who thicken on their dregs
ab. 1:12 Ex 15:8; Is 25:6; Jr 48:11
ac. 1:12 Mal 2:17
ad. 1:13 Dt 28:30; Am 5:11; Mc 6:15
ae. 1:14 Is 13:6,9; Jl 1:15; 2:1,11,31; 3:14; Am 5:18,20; Ob 15; Zch 14:1; Mal 4:5
af. 1:15 Am 1:14; 5:18-20; Ob 12-14
ag. 1:15 Ps 97:2; Ezk 34:12; Jl 2:2
ah. 1:17 Lm 4:14
ai. 1:18 Ezk 7:19
aj. 1:18 Ex 34:14; Dt 29:20; Ps 79:5; Zph 3:8; Zch 1:14; 8:2