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Read the Bible in a Year - September 28

Zephaniah 1 - 3


American Standard Version

Zephaniah 1

1 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.

2 I will utterly consume all things from off the face of the ground, saith Jehovah.

3 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, saith Jehovah.

4 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;

5 and them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship, that swear to Jehovah and swear by Malcam;

6 and them that are turned back from following Jehovah; and those that have not sought Jehovah, nor inquired after him.

7 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.

8 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.

9 And in that day I will punish all those that leap over the threshold, that fill their master's house with violence and deceit.

10 And in that day, saith 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.

11 Wail, ye inhabitants of Maktesh; for all the people of Canaan are undone; all they that were laden with silver are cut off.

12 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.

13 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.

14 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.

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,

16 a day of the trumpet and alarm, against the fortified cities, and against the high battlements.

17 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.

18 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.

Zephaniah 2

1 Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation that hath no shame;

2 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.

3 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.

4 For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation; they shall drive out Ashdod at noonday, and Ekron shall be rooted up.

5 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.

6 And the sea-coast shall be pastures, with cottages for shepherds and folds for flocks.

7 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.

8 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.

9 Therefore as I live, saith 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.

10 This shall they have for their pride, because they have reproached and magnified themselves against the people of Jehovah of hosts.

11 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.

12 Ye Ethiopians also, ye shall be slain by my sword.

13 And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria, and will make Nineveh a desolation, and dry like the wilderness.

14 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.

15 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.

Zephaniah 3

1 Woe to her that is rebellious and polluted! to the oppressing city!

2 She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in Jehovah; she drew not near to her God.

3 Her princes in the midst of her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they leave nothing till the morrow.

4 Her prophets are light and treacherous persons; her priests have profaned the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.

5 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.

6 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.

7 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.

8 Therefore wait ye for me, saith 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.

9 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.

10 From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering.

11 In that day shalt 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 shalt no more be haughty in my holy mountain.

12 But I will leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall take refuge in the name of Jehovah.

13 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.

14 Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.

15 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 shalt not fear evil any more.

16 In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not; O Zion, let not thy hands be slack.

17 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.

18 I will gather them that sorrow for the solemn assembly, who were of thee; to whom the burden upon her was a reproach.

19 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.

20 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, saith Jehovah.

Amplified

Zephaniah 1

1 THE WORD of the Lord which came to Zephaniah son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, in the days of Josiah king of Judah and son of Amon.

2 By taking away I will make an end {and} I will utterly consume {and} sweep away all things from the face of the earth, says the Lord.

3 I will consume {and} sweep away man and beast; I will consume {and} sweep away the birds of the air and the fish of the sea. I will overthrow the stumbling blocks (the idols) with the wicked [worshipers], and I will cut off mankind from the face of the earth, says the Lord.

4 I will also stretch out My hand over Judah and over all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place and the name of the idol priests with the [false] priests,

5 And those who worship the starry host of the heavens upon their housetops and those who [pretend to] worship the Lord and swear by {and} to Him and yet swear by {and} to [the heathen god Molech or] Malcam [their idol king],

6 And those who have drawn back from following the Lord and those who have not sought the Lord nor inquired for, inquired of, {and} required the Lord [as their first necessity].

7 [Hush!] Be silent before the Lord God, for the day [of the vengeance] of the Lord is near; for the Lord has prepared a sacrifice, and He has set apart [for His use] those who have accepted His invitation.

8 And on the day of the Lord's sacrifice, I will punish the officials and the king's sons and all who are clothed in [lavish] foreign apparel [instead of the Jewish dress, with its reminders to obey God's commandments].

9 In the same day also will I punish all those who leap swiftly on {or} over the threshold [upon entering houses to steal], who fill their master's house with violence and deceit {and} fraud.

10 And in that day, says the Lord, there shall be heard the voice of crying from the Fish Gate [in the wall of Jerusalem] and a wailing from the Second Quarter {or} Lower City and a great crashing {and} sound of destruction from the hills.

11 Wail, you inhabitants of the Mortar [those located in the hollow part of the city]! For all the merchant people, like the people of Canaan, will be silent [entirely destroyed]; all those who weighed out silver {and} were loaded with it will be cut off.

12 And at that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps and punish the men who [like old wine] are thickening {and} settling on their lees, who say in their hearts, The Lord will not do good, nor will He do evil.

13 And their wealth shall become plunder and their houses a desolation. Though they build houses, they shall not inhabit them; though they plant vineyards, they shall not drink the wine from them.

14 The great day of the Lord is near--near and hastening fast. Hark! the voice of the day of the Lord! The mighty man [unable to fight or to flee] will cry then bitterly.

15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of distress and anguish, a day of ruin and devastation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness,

16 A day of the blast of trumpet and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the high towers {and} battlements.

17 And I will bring distress upon men, so that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the Lord; their blood shall be poured out like dust and their flesh like dung.

18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord's indignation {and} wrath. But the whole earth shall be consumed in the fire of His jealous wrath, for a full, yes, a sudden, end will He make of all the inhabitants of the earth.

Zephaniah 2

1 COLLECT YOUR thoughts, yes, unbend yourselves [in submission and see if there is no sense of shame and no consciousness of sin left in you], O shameless nation [not desirous or desired]!

2 [The time for repentance is speeding by like chaff whirled before the wind!] Therefore consider, before God's decree brings forth [the curse upon you], before the time [to repent] is gone like the drifting chaff, before the fierce anger of the Lord

3 Seek the Lord [inquire for Him, inquire of Him, and require Him as the foremost necessity of your life], all you humble of the land who have acted in compliance with His revealed will {and} have kept His commandments; seek righteousness, seek humility [inquire for them, require them as vital]. It may be you will be hidden in the day of the Lord's anger.

4 For [hear the fate of the Philistines:] Gaza shall be forsaken and Ashkelon shall become a desolation; the people of Ashdod shall be driven out at noonday and Ekron shall be uprooted.

5 Woe to the inhabitants of the seacoast, the nation of the Cherethites [in Philistia]! The word of the Lord is against you, O Canaan, land of the Philistines; I will destroy you until no inhabitant is left.

6 And the seacoast shall be pastures, with [deserted] dwelling places {and} caves for shepherds and folds for flocks.

7 The seacoast shall belong to the remnant of the house of Judah; they shall pasture their flocks upon it; in the houses of [deserted Philistine] Ashkelon shall they of Judah lie down in the evening. For the Lord their [Judah's] God shall visit them [for their relief] and restore them from their captivity.

8 I have heard the taunts of Moab and the revilings of the Ammonites by which they have reproached My people, and magnified themselves {and} made boasts against their territory.

9 Therefore, as I live, says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, Moab shall become like Sodom and the Ammonites like Gomorrah, a land possessed by nettles {and} wild vetches and salt pits, and a perpetual desolation. The remnant of My people shall make a prey of them and what is left of My nation shall possess them.

10 This shall they have for their pride, because they have taunted and boasted against the people of the Lord of hosts.

11 The Lord will be terrible to them, for He will make lean {and} famish all the gods of the earth; and men shall worship Him, every one from his place, even all the isles {and} coastlands of the nations.

12 You Ethiopians also, you shall be slain by My sword.

13 And [the Lord] will stretch out His hand against the north and destroy Assyria and will make Nineveh a desolation, dry as the desert.

14 Herds shall lie down in the midst of [Nineveh], all the [wild] beasts of the nations {and} of every kind; both the pelican and the hedgehog shall lodge on the upper part of her [fallen] pillars; the voice [of the nesting bird] shall sing in the windows; desolation {and} drought shall be on the thresholds, for her cedar paneling will He lay bare.

15 This is the joyous {and} exultant city that dwelt carelessly [feeling so secure], that said in her heart, I am and there is none beside me. What a desolation she has become, a lair for [wild] beasts! Everyone who passes by her shall hiss and wave his hand [indicating his gratification].

Zephaniah 3

1 WOE TO her that is rebellious and polluted, the oppressing city [Jerusalem]!

2 She did not listen to {and} heed the voice [of God]; she accepted no correction {or} instruction; she trusted not in the Lord [nor leaned on or was confident in Him, but was confident in her own wealth]; she drew not near to her God [but to the god of Baal or Molech].

3 Her officials in the midst of her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones on the morrow, for nothing is left by morning.

4 Her prophets are light [lacking truth, gravity, and steadiness] and men of treachery; her priests have profaned the sanctuary; [defrauding God and man by pretending their own word is God's word] they have done violence to the law.

5 The Lord in the midst of her is [uncompromisingly] righteous; He will not do iniquity. Every morning He brings His justice to light; He fails not, but the unjust [person] knows no shame.

6 I [the Lord] have cut off nations; their battlements {and} corner towers are desolate {and} in ruins. I laid their streets waste so that none passes over them; their cities are destroyed so that there is no man, there is no inhabitant.

7 I said, Only let her [reverently and worshipfully] fear Me, receive correction and instruction, and [Jerusalem's] dwelling shall not be cut off. However, I have punished her [according to all that I have appointed concerning her in the way of punishment], but all the more they are eager to make all their doings corrupt {and} infamous.

8 Therefore [earnestly] wait for Me, says the Lord, [waiting] for the day when I rise up to the attack [as a witness, accuser, or judge, and a testimony]. For My decision {and} determination {and} right it is to gather the nations together, to assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them My indignation, even all [the heat of] My fierce anger; for [in that day] all the earth shall be consumed with the fire of My zeal {and} jealousy.

9 For then [changing their impure language] I will give to the people a clear {and} pure speech from pure lips, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve Him with one unanimous consent {and} one united shoulder [bearing the yoke of the Lord].

10 From beyond the rivers of Cush {or} Ethiopia those who pray to Me, the daughter of My dispersed people, will bring {and} present My offering.

11 In that day you [the congregation of Israel] shall not be put to shame for all your deeds by which you have rebelled {and} transgressed against Me, for then I will take away out of your midst those who exult in your majesty {and} pride; and you shall no more be haughty [and carry yourselves arrogantly on or] because of My holy mountain.

12 For I will leave in the midst of you a people afflicted and poor, and they shall trust, seek refuge, {and} be confident in the name of the Lord.

13 What is left of Israel shall not do iniquity or 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.

14 Sing, O Daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice, be in high spirits {and} glory with all your heart, O Daughter of Jerusalem [in that day].

15 [For then it will be that] the Lord has taken away the judgments against you; He has cast out your enemy. The King of Israel, even the Lord [Himself], is in the midst of you; [and after He has come to you] you shall not experience {or} fear evil any

16 In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear not, O Zion. Let not your hands sink down {or} be slow {and} listless.

17 The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Savior [Who saves]! He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest [in silent satisfaction] {and} in His love He will be silent {and} make no mention [of past sins, or even recall them]; He will exult over you with singing.

18 I will gather those belonging to you [those Israelites in captivity] who yearn {and} grieve for the solemn assembly [and the festivals], on whom [their exile and inability to attend services at Jerusalem have brought derision and] the reproach of it is a burden.

19 Behold, at that time I will deal with all those who afflict you; I will save the limping [ones] and gather the outcasts and will make them a praise and a name in every land of their shame.

20 At that time I will bring you in; yes, at that time I will gather you, for I will make you a name and a praise among all the nations of the earth when I reverse your captivity before your eyes, says the Lord.

Basic Bible

Zephaniah 1

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 Josiah, the son of Amon, king of Judah.

2 I will take away everything from the face of the earth, says the Lord.

3 I will take away man and beast; I will take away the birds of the heaven and the fishes of the sea; causing the downfall of the evil-doers, and cutting man off from the face of the earth, says the Lord.

4 And my hand will be stretched out on Judah and on all the people of Jerusalem, cutting off the name of the Baal from this place, and the name of the false priests,

5 And the worshippers of the army of heaven on the house-tops, and the Lord's worshippers who take oaths by Milcom,

6 And those who are turned back from going after the Lord, and those who have not made prayer to the Lord or got directions from him.

7 Let there be no sound before the Lord God: for the day of the Lord is near: for the Lord has made ready an offering, he has made his guests holy.

8 And it will come about in the day of the Lord's offering, that I will send punishment on the rulers and the king's sons and all who are clothed in robes from strange lands.

9 And in that day I will send punishment on all those who come jumping over the doorstep and make their master's house full of violent behaviour and deceit.

10 And in that day, says the Lord, there will be the sound of a cry from the fish doorway, and an outcry from the new town, and a great thundering from the hills, and cries of grief from the people of the Hollow;

11 Because of the downfall of all the people of Canaan: all those who were weighted down with silver have been cut off.

12 And it will come about at that time, that I will go searching through Jerusalem with lights; and I will send punishment on the men who have become like wine stored over-long, who say to themselves, The Lord will not do good and will not do evil.

13 And their wealth will be violently taken away, and their houses will be made waste: they will go on building houses and never living in them, and planting vine-gardens but not drinking the wine from them.

14 The great day of the Lord is near, it is near and coming very quickly; the bitter day of the Lord is near, coming on more quickly than a man of war.

15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and sorrow, a day of wasting and destruction, a day of dark night and deep shade, a day of cloud and thick dark.

16 A day of sounding the horn and the war-cry against the walled towns and the high towers.

17 And I will send trouble on men so that they will go about like the blind, because they have done evil against the Lord: and their blood will be drained out like dust, and their strength like waste.

18 Even their silver and their gold will not be able to keep them safe in the day of the Lord's wrath; but all the land will be burned up in the fire of his bitter wrath: for he will put an end, even suddenly, to all who are living in the land.

Zephaniah 2

1 Come together, make everyone come together, O nation without shame;

2 Before the Lord sends you violently away in flight like the waste from the grain; before the burning wrath of the Lord comes on you, before the day of the Lord's wrath comes on you.

3 Make search for the Lord, all you quiet ones of the earth, who have done what is right in his eyes; make search for righteousness and a quiet heart: it may be that you will be safely covered in the day of the Lord's wrath.

4 For Gaza will be given up and Ashkelon will become waste: they will send Ashdod out in the middle of the day, and Ekron will be uprooted.

5 Sorrow to the people living by the sea, the nation of the Cherethites! The word of the Lord is against you, O Canaan, the land of the Philistines; I will send destruction on you till there is no one living in you.

6 And the land by the sea will be grass-land, with houses for keepers of sheep and walled places for flocks.

7 The land by the sea will be for the rest of the children of Judah; by the sea they will give their flocks food: in the houses of Ashkelon they will take their rest in the evening; for the Lord their God will take them in hand and their fate will be changed.

8 My ears have been open to the bitter words of Moab and the words of shame of the children of Ammon, which they have said against my people, lifting themselves up against the limit of their land.

9 For this cause, by my life, says the Lord of armies, the God of Israel, truly Moab will become like Sodom and the children of Ammon like Gomorrah, given up to waste plants and salt pools and unpeopled for ever: the rest of my people will take their property, the overflow of my nation will take their heritage.

10 This will be their fate because of their pride, because they have said evil, lifting themselves up against the people of the Lord of armies.

11 The Lord will let himself be seen by them: for he will make all the gods of the earth feeble; and men will go down before him in worship, everyone from his place, even all the sea-lands of the nations.

12 And you Ethiopians will be put to death by my sword.

13 And his hand will be stretched out against the north, for the destruction of Assyria; and he will make Nineveh unpeopled and dry like the waste land.

14 And herds will take their rest in the middle of her, all the beasts of the valley: the pelican and the porcupine will make their living-places on the tops of its pillars; the owl will be crying in the window; the raven will be seen on the doorstep.

15 This is the town which was full of joy, living without fear of danger, saying in her heart, I am, and there is no other: how has she been made waste, a place for beasts to take their rest in! everyone who goes by her will make hisses, waving his hand.

Zephaniah 3

1 Sorrow to her who is uncontrolled and unclean, the cruel town!

2 She gave no attention to the voice, she had no use for teaching, she put no faith in the Lord, she did not come near to her God.

3 Her rulers are like loud-voiced lions in her; her judges are wolves of the evening, crushing up the bones before the morning.

4 Her prophets are good-for-nothing persons, full of deceit: her priests have made the holy place unclean and have gone violently against the law.

5 The Lord in her is upright; he will not do evil; every morning he lets his righteousness be seen, he is unchanging; but the evil-doer has no sense of shame.

6 I have had the nations cut off, their towers are broken down; I have made their streets a waste so that no one goes through them: destruction has overtaken their towns, so that there is no man living in them.

7 I said, Certainly you will go in fear of me, and come under my training, so that whatever I may send on her may not be cut off before her eyes: but they got up early and made all their works evil.

8 For this reason, go on waiting for me, says the Lord, till the day when I come up as a witness: for my purpose is to send for the nations and to get the kingdoms together, so that I may let loose on them my passion, even all my burning wrath: for all the earth will be burned up in the fire of my bitter passion.

9 For then I will give the people a clean language, so that they may all make prayer to the Lord and be his servants with one mind.

10 From over the rivers of Ethiopia, and from the sides of the north, they will come to me with an offering.

11 In that day you will have no shame on account of all the things in which you did evil against me: for then I will take away from among you those who were lifted up in pride, and you will no longer be lifted up with pride in my holy mountain.

12 But I will still have among you a quiet and poor people, and they will put their faith in the name of the Lord.

13 The rest of Israel will do no evil and say no false words; the tongue of deceit will not be seen in their mouth: for they will take their food and their rest, and no one will be a cause of fear to them.

14 Make melody, O daughter of Zion; give a loud cry, O Israel; be glad and let your heart be full of joy, O daughter of Jerusalem.

15 The Lord has taken away those who were judging you, he has sent your haters far away: the King of Israel, even the Lord, is among you: you will have no more fear of evil.

16 In that day it will be said to Jerusalem, Have no fear: O Zion, let not your hands be feeble.

17 The Lord your God is among you, as a strong saviour: he will be glad over you with joy, he will make his love new again, he will make a song of joy over you as in the time of a holy feast.

18 I will take away your troubles, lifting up your shame from off you.

19 See, at that time I will put an end to all who have been troubling you: I will give salvation to her whose steps are uncertain, and get together her who has been sent in flight; and I will make them a cause of praise and an honoured name in all the earth, when I let their fate be changed.

20 At that time I will make you come in, at that time I will get you together: for I will make you a name and a praise among all the peoples of the earth when I let your fate be changed before your eyes, says the Lord.

Darby

Zephaniah 1

1 The word of Jehovah that 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.

2 I will utterly take away everything from off the face of the ground, saith Jehovah:

3 I will take away man and beast; I will take away the fowl of the heavens and the fishes of the sea, and the stumbling-blocks with the wicked, and I will cut off mankind from off the face of the ground, saith Jehovah.

4 And I will stretch forth my hand upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, the name of the Chemarim with the priests;

5 and them that bow down to the host of the heavens upon the housetops; and them that bow down to Jehovah, that swear by [him], and swear by Malcham;

6 and them that turn back from after Jehovah, and that do not seek Jehovah, nor inquire for him.

7 Be silent at the presence of the Lord Jehovah; for the day of Jehovah is at hand; for Jehovah hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath hallowed his guests.

8 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.

9 And in that day will I punish all those that leap over the threshold, who fill their master's house with violence and deceit.

10 And in that day, saith Jehovah, there shall be the noise of a cry from the fish-gate, and a howling from the second [quarter], and a great crashing from the hills.

11 Howl, ye inhabitants of Maktesh; for all the people of Canaan are cut down, all they that are laden with silver are cut off.

12 And it shall come to pass at that time, [that] I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and punish the men that are settled on their lees, that say in their heart, Jehovah will not do good, neither will he do evil.

13 And their wealth shall become a booty, and their houses a desolation; and they shall build houses, and not inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and not drink the wine thereof.

14 The great day of Jehovah is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly. The voice of the day of Jehovah: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.

15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of ruin and desolation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and gross darkness,

16 a day of the trumpet and alarm, against the fenced cities and against the high battlements.

17 And I will bring distress upon men, and they shall walk like blind men; for they have sinned against Jehovah; and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as dung:

18 their silver and their gold shall not 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 a full end, yea, a sudden [end], shall he make of all them that dwell in the land.

Zephaniah 2

1 Collect yourselves and gather together, O nation without shame,

2 before the decree bring forth, [before] the day pass away as chaff, before the fierce anger of Jehovah come upon you, before the day of Jehovah's anger come upon you.

3 Seek Jehovah, all ye meek of the land, who have performed his ordinance; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of Jehovah's anger.

4 For Gazah shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon shall be a desolation; they shall drive out Ashdod at noonday, and Ekron shall be rooted up.

5 Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea-coast, the nation of the Cherethites! The word of Jehovah is against you, O Canaan, land of the Philistines: I will destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant;

6 and the sea-coast shall be cave-dwellings for shepherds, and folds for flocks.

7 And the coast shall be for the remnant of the house of Judah; they shall feed thereon: in the houses of Ashkelon shall they lie down in the evening: for Jehovah their God shall visit them, and turn again their captivity.

8 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.

9 Therefore, [as] I live, saith Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel, Moab shall certainly be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah, a possession of nettles, and salt-pits, and a perpetual desolation; the remnant of my people shall spoil them, and the residue of my nation shall possess them.

10 This shall they have for their pride, because they have reproached and magnified themselves against the people of Jehovah of hosts.

11 Jehovah will be terrible unto them; for he will famish all the gods of the earth; and all the isles of the nations shall worship him, every one from his place.

12 Ye Ethiopians also, ye shall be the slain of my sword.

13 And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria; and will make Nineveh a desolation, a place of drought like the wilderness.

14 And flocks shall lie down in the midst of her, all the crowd of beasts; both the pelican and the bittern shall lodge in the chapiters thereof; a voice shall sing in the windows; desolation shall be on the thresholds: for he hath laid bare the cedar work.

15 This is the rejoicing city that dwelt in security, that said in her heart, I am, and there is none else beside me: how is she become a desolation, a couching-place for beasts! Every one that passeth by her shall hiss, shall wave his hand.

Zephaniah 3

1 Woe to her that is rebellious and corrupted, to the oppressing city!

2 She hearkened not to the voice; she received not correction; she confided not in Jehovah; she drew not near her God.

3 Her princes in the midst of her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves, that leave nothing for the morning.

4 Her prophets are vain-glorious, treacherous persons; her priests profane the sanctuary, they do violence to the law.

5 The righteous Jehovah is in the midst of her: he doeth no wrong. Every morning doth he bring his judgment to light; it faileth not: but the unrighteous knoweth no shame.

6 I have cut off nations: their battlements are desolate; I made their streets waste, that none passeth by; their cities are destroyed, so that there is no man, so that there is no inhabitant.

7 I said, Only fear me, receive correction; so her dwelling shall not be cut off, howsoever I may punish her. But they rose early, they corrupted all their doings.

8 Therefore wait ye for me, saith Jehovah, until the day that I rise up to the prey; for my determination is to assemble the nations, that I may gather the kingdoms together, to pour upon them mine indignation, -- all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.

9 For then will I turn to the peoples a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of Jehovah, to serve him with one consent.

10 From beyond the rivers of Cush my suppliants, the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine oblation.

11 In that day thou shalt 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 exult in thy pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty because of my holy mountain.

12 And I will leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of Jehovah.

13 The remnant of Israel shall not work unrighteousness, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: but *they* shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

14 Exult, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; rejoice and be glad with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem:

15 Jehovah hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy; the King of Israel, Jehovah, is in the midst of thee; thou shalt not see evil any more.

16 In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear not; Zion, let not thy hands be slack.

17 Jehovah thy God is in thy midst, a mighty one that will save: he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love; he will exult over thee with singing.

18 I will gather them that sorrow for the solemn assemblies, who were of thee: the reproach of it was a burden [unto them].

19 Behold, at that time I will deal with all them that afflict thee; and I will save her that halted, and gather her that was driven out; and I will make them a praise and a name in all the lands where they have been put to shame.

20 At that time will I bring you, yea, at the time that I gather you; for I will make you a name and a praise, among all the peoples of the earth, when I shall turn again your captivity before your eyes, saith Jehovah.

King James Version

Zephaniah 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.

2 I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the LORD.

3 I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumbling blocks with the wicked: and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the LORD.

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;

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;

6 And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have not sought the LORD, nor enquired for him.

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.

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.

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.

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 the hills.

11 Howl, ye inhabitants of Maktesh, for all the merchant people are cut down; all they that bear silver are cut off.

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.

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.

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.

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,

16 A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.

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.

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 the land.

Zephaniah 2

1 Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired;

2 Before 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.

3 Seek 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.

4 For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up.

5 Woe 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 inhabitant.

6 And the sea coast shall be dwellings and cottages for shepherds, and folds for flocks.

7 And 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.

8 I 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.

9 Therefore 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.

10 This shall they have for their pride, because they have reproached and magnified themselves against the people of the LORD of hosts.

11 The 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.

12 Ye Ethiopians also, ye shall be slain by my sword.

13 And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria; and will make Nineveh a desolation, and dry like a wilderness.

14 And 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.

15 This 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

1 Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city!

2 She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the LORD; she drew not near to her God.

3 Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow.

4 Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.

5 The 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.

6 I 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.

7 I 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.

8 Therefore 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 jealousy.

9 For 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.

10 From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering.

11 In 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.

12 I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the LORD.

13 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.

14 Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.

15 The 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.

16 In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack.

17 The 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.

18 I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden.

19 Behold, 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.

20 At 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.

Latin Vulgate

Zephaniah 1

1 verbum Domini quod factum est ad Sofoniam filium Chusi filium Godoliae filii Amariae filii Ezechiae in diebus Iosiae filii Amon regis Iuda

2 congregans congregabo omnia a facie terrae dicit Dominus

3 congregans hominem et pecus congregans volatile caeli et pisces maris et ruinae impiorum erunt et disperdam homines a facie terrae dicit Dominus

4 et extendam manum meam super Iudam et super omnes habitantes Hierusalem et disperdam de loco hoc reliquias Baal et nomina aedituorum cum sacerdotibus

5 et eos qui adorant super tecta militiam caeli et adorant et iurant in Domino et iurant in Melchom

6 et qui avertuntur de post tergum Domini et qui non quaesierunt Dominum nec investigaverunt eum

7 silete a facie Domini Dei quia iuxta est dies Domini quia praeparavit Dominus hostiam sanctificavit vocatos suos

8 et erit in die hostiae Domini visitabo super principes et super filios regis et super omnes qui induti sunt veste peregrina

9 et visitabo omnem qui arroganter ingreditur super limen in die illa qui conplent domum Domini Dei sui iniquitate et dolo

10 et erit in die illa dicit Dominus vox clamoris a porta Piscium et ululatus a secunda et contritio magna a collibus

11 ululate habitatores pilae conticuit omnis populus Chanaan disperierunt omnes involuti argento

12 et erit in tempore illo scrutabor Hierusalem in lucernis et visitabo super viros defixos in fecibus suis qui dicunt in cordibus suis non faciet bene Dominus et non faciet male

13 et erit fortitudo eorum in direptionem et domus eorum in desertum et aedificabunt domos et non habitabunt et plantabunt vineas et non bibent vinum earum

14 iuxta est dies Domini magnus iuxta et velox nimis vox diei Domini amara tribulabitur ibi fortis

15 dies irae dies illa dies tribulationis et angustiae dies calamitatis et miseriae dies tenebrarum et caliginis dies nebulae et turbinis

16 dies tubae et clangoris super civitates munitas et super angulos excelsos

17 et tribulabo homines et ambulabunt ut caeci quia Domino peccaverunt et effundetur sanguis eorum sicut humus et corpus eorum sicut stercora

18 sed et argentum eorum et aurum eorum non poterit liberare eos in die irae Domini in igne zeli eius devorabitur omnis terra quia consummationem cum festinatione faciet cunctis habitantibus terram

Zephaniah 2

7 et erit funiculus eius qui remanserit de domo Iuda ibi pascentur in domibus Ascalonis ad vesperam requiescent quia visitabit eos Dominus Deus eorum et avertet captivitatem eorum

8 audivi obprobrium Moab et blasphemias filiorum Ammon quae exprobraverunt populo meo et magnificati sunt super terminos eorum

9 propterea vivo ego dicit Dominus exercituum Deus Israhel quia Moab ut Sodoma erit et filii Ammon quasi Gomorra siccitas spinarum et acervi salis et desertum usque in aeternum reliquiae populi mei diripient illos residui gentis meae possidebunt eos

10 hoc eis eveniet pro superbia sua quia blasphemaverunt et magnificati sunt super populum Domini exercituum

11 horribilis Dominus super eos et adtenuabit omnes deos terrae et adorabunt eum vir de loco suo omnes insulae gentium

12 sed et vos Aethiopes interfecti gladio meo eritis

13 et extendet manum suam super aquilonem et perdet Assur et ponet speciosam in solitudinem et in invium et quasi desertum

14 et accubabunt in medio eius greges omnes bestiae gentium et onocrotalus et ericius in liminibus eius morabuntur vox cantantis in fenestra corvus in superliminari quoniam adtenuabo robur eius

15 haec est civitas gloriosa habitans in confidentia quae dicebat in corde suo ego sum et extra me non est alia amplius quomodo facta est in desertum cubile bestiae omnis qui transit per eam sibilabit et movebit manum suam

Zephaniah 3

1 vae provocatrix et redempta civitas columba

2 non audivit vocem et non suscepit disciplinam in Domino non est confisa ad Deum suum non adpropiavit

3 principes eius in medio eius quasi leones rugientes iudices eius lupi vespere non relinquebant in mane

7 dixi attamen timebis me suscipies disciplinam et non peribit habitaculum eius propter omnia in quibus visitavi eam verumtamen diluculo surgentes corruperunt omnes cogitationes suas

8 quapropter expecta me dicit Dominus in die resurrectionis meae in futurum quia iudicium meum ut congregem gentes et colligam regna ut effundam super eas indignationem meam omnem iram furoris mei in igne enim zeli mei devorabitur omnis terra

9 quia tunc reddam populis labium electum ut vocent omnes in nomine Domini et serviant ei umero uno

10 ultra flumina Aethiopiae inde supplices mei filii dispersorum meorum deferent munus mihi

11 in die illa non confunderis super cunctis adinventionibus tuis quibus praevaricata es in me quia tunc auferam de medio tui magniloquos superbiae tuae et non adicies exaltari amplius in monte sancto meo

12 et derelinquam in medio tui populum pauperem et egenum et sperabunt in nomine Domini

13 reliquiae Israhel non facient iniquitatem nec loquentur mendacium et non invenietur in ore eorum lingua dolosa quoniam ipsi pascentur et accubabunt et non erit qui exterreat

14 lauda filia Sion iubilate Israhel laetare et exulta in omni corde filia Hierusalem

15 abstulit Dominus iudicium tuum avertit inimicos tuos rex Israhel Dominus in medio tui non timebis malum ultra

16 in die illa dicetur Hierusalem noli timere Sion non dissolvantur manus tuae

17 Dominus Deus tuus in medio tui Fortis ipse salvabit gaudebit super te in laetitia silebit in dilectione tua exultabit super te in laude

18 nugas qui a lege recesserant congregabo quia ex te erant ut non ultra habeas super eis obprobrium

19 ecce ego interficiam omnes qui adflixerunt te in tempore illo et salvabo claudicantem et eam quae eiecta fuerat congregabo et ponam eos in laudem et in nomen in omni terra confusionis eorum

20 in tempore illo quo adducam vos et in tempore quo congregabo vos dabo enim vos in nomen et in laudem omnibus populis terrae cum convertero captivitatem vestram coram oculis vestris dicit Dominus

NASB 1977

Zephaniah 1

1 The word of the LORD which came to Zephaniah son of Cushi, son of Gedaliah, son of Amariah, son of Hezekiah, in the days of Josiah son of Amon, king of Judah,

2 "I will completely remove all {things} From the face of the earth," declares the LORD.

3 "I will remove man and beast; I will remove the birds of the sky And the fish of the sea, And the ruins along with the wicked; And I will cut off man from the face of the earth," declares the LORD.

4 "So I will stretch out My hand against Judah And against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, {And} the names of the idolatrous priests along with the priests.

5 "And those who bow down on the housetops to the host of heaven, And those who bow down {and} swear to the LORD and {yet} swear by Milcom,

6 And those who have turned back from following the LORD, And those who have not sought the LORD or inquired of Him."

7 Be silent before the Lord GOD! For the day of the LORD is near, For the LORD has prepared a sacrifice, He has consecrated His guests.

8 "Then it will come about on the day of the LORD's sacrifice, That I will punish the princes, the king's sons, And all who clothe themselves with foreign garments.

9 "And I will punish on that day all who leap on the {temple} threshold, Who fill the house of their lord with violence and deceit.

10 "And on that day," declares the LORD, "There will be the sound of a cry from the Fish Gate, A wail from the Second Quarter, And a loud crash from the hills.

11 "Wail, O inhabitants of the Mortar, For all the people of Canaan will be silenced; All who weigh out silver will be cut off.

12 "And it will come about at that time That I will search Jerusalem with lamps, And I will punish the men Who are stagnant in spirit, Who say in their hearts, `The LORD will not do good or evil!'

13 "Moreover, their wealth will become plunder, And their houses desolate; Yes, they will build houses but not inhabit {them}, And plant vineyards but not drink their wine."

14 Near is the great day of the LORD, Near and coming very quickly; Listen, the day of the LORD! In it the warrior cries out bitterly.

15 A day of wrath is that day, A day of trouble and distress, A day of destruction and desolation, A day of darkness and gloom, A day of clouds and thick darkness,

16 A day of trumpet and battle cry, Against the fortified cities And the high corner towers.

17 And I will bring distress on men, So that they will walk like the blind, Because they have sinned against the LORD; And their blood will be poured out like dust, And their flesh like dung.

18 Neither their silver nor their gold Will be able to deliver them On the day of the LORD's wrath; And all the earth will be devoured In the fire of His jealousy, For He will make a complete end, Indeed a terrifying one, Of all the inhabitants of the earth.

Zephaniah 2

1 Gather yourselves together, yes, gather, O nation without shame,

2 Before the decree takes effect-- The day passes like the chaff-- Before the burning anger of the LORD comes upon you, Before the day of the LORD's anger comes upon you.

3 Seek the LORD, All you humble of the earth Who have carried out His ordinances; Seek righteousness, seek humility. Perhaps you will be hidden In the day of the LORD's anger.

4 For Gaza will be abandoned, And Ashkelon a desolation; Ashdod will be driven out at noon, And Ekron will be uprooted.

5 Woe to the inhabitants of the seacoast, The nation of the Cherethites! The word of the LORD is against you, O Canaan, land of the Philistines; And I will destroy you, So that there will be no inhabitant.

6 So the seacoast will be pastures, {With} caves for shepherds and folds for flocks.

7 And the coast will be For the remnant of the house of Judah, They will pasture on it. In the houses of Ashkelon they will lie down at evening; For the LORD their God will care for them And restore their fortune.

8 "I have heard the taunting of Moab And the revilings of the sons of Ammon, With which they have taunted My people And become arrogant against their territory.

9 "Therefore, as I live," declares the LORD of hosts, The God of Israel, "Surely Moab will be like Sodom, And the sons of Ammon like Gomorrah-- A place possessed by nettles and salt pits, And a perpetual desolation. The remnant of My people will plunder them, And the remainder of My nation will inherit them."

10 This they will have in return for their pride, because they have taunted and become arrogant against the people of the LORD of hosts.

11 The LORD will be terrifying to them, for He will starve all the gods of the earth; and all the coastlands of the nations will bow down to Him, everyone from his {own} place.

12 "You also, O Ethiopians, will be slain by My sword."

13 And He will stretch out His hand against the north And destroy Assyria, And He will make Nineveh a desolation, Parched like the wilderness.

14 And flocks will lie down in her midst, All beasts which range in herds; Both the pelican and the hedgehog Will lodge in the tops of her pillars; Birds will sing in the window, Desolation {will be} on the threshold; For He has laid bare the cedar work.

15 This is the exultant city Which dwells securely, Who says in her heart, "I am, and there is no one besides me." How she has become a desolation, A resting place for beasts! Everyone who passes by her will hiss {And} wave his hand {in contempt.}

Zephaniah 3

1 Woe to her who is rebellious and defiled, The tyrannical city!

2 She heeded no voice; She accepted no instruction. She did not trust in the LORD; She did not draw near to her God.

3 Her princes within her are roaring lions, Her judges are wolves at evening; They leave nothing for the morning.

4 Her prophets are reckless, treacherous men; Her priests have profaned the sanctuary. They have done violence to the law.

5 The LORD is righteous within her; He will do no injustice. Every morning He brings His justice to light; He does not fail. But the unjust knows no shame.

6 "I have cut off nations; Their corner towers are in ruins. I have made their streets desolate, With no one passing by; Their cities are laid waste, Without a man, without an inhabitant.

7 "I said, `Surely you will revere Me, Accept instruction.' So her dwelling will not be cut off {According to} all that I have appointed concerning her. But they were eager to corrupt all their deeds.

8 "Therefore, wait for Me," declares the LORD, "For the day when I rise up to the prey. Indeed, My decision is to gather nations, To assemble kingdoms, To pour out on them My indignation, All My burning anger; For all the earth will be devoured By the fire of My zeal.

9 "For then I will give to the peoples purified lips, That all of them may call on the name of the LORD, To serve Him shoulder to shoulder.

10 "From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia My worshipers, My dispersed ones, Will bring My offerings.

11 "In that day you will feel no shame Because of all your deeds By which you have rebelled against Me; For then I will remove from your midst Your proud, exulting ones, And you will never again be haughty On My holy mountain.

12 "But I will leave among you A humble and lowly people, And they will take refuge in the name of the LORD.

13 "The remnant of Israel will do no wrong And tell no lies, Nor will a deceitful tongue Be found in their mouths; For they shall feed and lie down With no one to make them tremble."

14 Shout for joy, O daughter of Zion! Shout {in triumph,} O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all {your} heart, O daughter of Jerusalem!

15 The LORD has taken away {His} judgments against you, He has cleared away your enemies. The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; You will fear disaster no more.

16 In that day it will be said to Jerusalem: "Do not be afraid, O Zion; Do not let your hands fall limp.

17 "The LORD your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.

18 "I will gather those who grieve about the appointed feasts-- They came from you, {O Zion;} {The} reproach {of exile} is a burden on them.

19 "Behold, I am going to deal at that time With all your oppressors, I will save the lame And gather the outcast, And I will turn their shame into praise and renown In all the earth.

20 "At that time I will bring you in, Even at the time when I gather you together; Indeed, I will give you renown and praise Among all the peoples of the earth, When I restore your fortunes before your eyes," Says the LORD.

NASB 1995

Zephaniah 1

1 The word of the LORD which came to Zephaniah son of Cushi, son of Gedaliah, son of Amariah, son of Hezekiah, in the days of Josiah son of Amon, king of Judah:

2 "I will completely remove all {things} From the face of the earth," declares the LORD.

3 "I will remove man and beast; I will remove the birds of the sky And the fish of the sea, And the ruins along with the wicked; And I will cut off man from the face of the earth," declares the LORD.

4 "So I will stretch out My hand against Judah And against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, {And} the names of the idolatrous priests along with the priests.

5 "And those who bow down on the housetops to the host of heaven, And those who bow down {and} swear to the LORD and {yet} swear by Milcom,

6 And those who have turned back from following the LORD, And those who have not sought the LORD or inquired of Him."

7 Be silent before the Lord GOD! For the day of the LORD is near, For the LORD has prepared a sacrifice, He has consecrated His guests.

8 "Then it will come about on the day of the LORD'S sacrifice That I will punish the princes, the king's sons And all who clothe themselves with foreign garments.

9 "And I will punish on that day all who leap on the {temple} threshold, Who fill the house of their lord with violence and deceit.

10 "On that day," declares the LORD, "There will be the sound of a cry from the Fish Gate, A wail from the Second Quarter, And a loud crash from the hills.

11 "Wail, O inhabitants of the Mortar, For all the people of Canaan will be silenced; All who weigh out silver will be cut off.

12 "It will come about at that time That I will search Jerusalem with lamps, And I will punish the men Who are stagnant in spirit, Who say in their hearts, `The LORD will not do good or evil!'

13 "Moreover, their wealth will become plunder And their houses desolate; Yes, they will build houses but not inhabit {them,} And plant vineyards but not drink their wine."

14 Near is the great day of the LORD, Near and coming very quickly; Listen, the day of the LORD! In it the warrior cries out bitterly.

15 A day of wrath is that day, A day of trouble and distress, A day of destruction and desolation, A day of darkness and gloom, A day of clouds and thick darkness,

16 A day of trumpet and battle cry Against the fortified cities And the high corner towers.

17 I will bring distress on men So that they will walk like the blind, Because they have sinned against the LORD; And their blood will be poured out like dust And their flesh like dung.

18 Neither their silver nor their gold Will be able to deliver them On the day of the LORD'S wrath; And all the earth will be devoured In the fire of His jealousy, For He will make a complete end, Indeed a terrifying one, Of all the inhabitants of the earth.

Zephaniah 2

1 Gather yourselves together, yes, gather, O nation without shame,

2 Before the decree takes effect-- The day passes like the chaff-- Before the burning anger of the LORD comes upon you, Before the day of the LORD'S anger comes upon you.

3 Seek the LORD, All you humble of the earth Who have carried out His ordinances; Seek righteousness, seek humility. Perhaps you will be hidden In the day of the LORD'S anger.

4 For Gaza will be abandoned And Ashkelon a desolation; Ashdod will be driven out at noon And Ekron will be uprooted.

5 Woe to the inhabitants of the seacoast, The nation of the Cherethites! The word of the LORD is against you, O Canaan, land of the Philistines; And I will destroy you So that there will be no inhabitant.

6 So the seacoast will be pastures, {With} caves for shepherds and folds for flocks.

7 And the coast will be For the remnant of the house of Judah, They will pasture on it. In the houses of Ashkelon they will lie down at evening; For the LORD their God will care for them And restore their fortune.

8 "I have heard the taunting of Moab And the revilings of the sons of Ammon, With which they have taunted My people And become arrogant against their territory.

9 "Therefore, as I live," declares the LORD of hosts, The God of Israel, "Surely Moab will be like Sodom And the sons of Ammon like Gomorrah-- A place possessed by nettles and salt pits, And a perpetual desolation. The remnant of My people will plunder them And the remainder of My nation will inherit them."

10 This they will have in return for their pride, because they have taunted and become arrogant against the people of the LORD of hosts.

11 The LORD will be terrifying to them, for He will starve all the gods of the earth; and all the coastlands of the nations will bow down to Him, everyone from his {own} place.

12 "You also, O Ethiopians, will be slain by My sword."

13 And He will stretch out His hand against the north And destroy Assyria, And He will make Nineveh a desolation, Parched like the wilderness.

14 Flocks will lie down in her midst, All beasts which range in herds; Both the pelican and the hedgehog Will lodge in the tops of her pillars; Birds will sing in the window, Desolation {will be} on the threshold; For He has laid bare the cedar work.

15 This is the exultant city Which dwells securely, Who says in her heart, "I am, and there is no one besides me." How she has become a desolation, A resting place for beasts! Everyone who passes by her will hiss {And} wave his hand {in contempt.}

Zephaniah 3

1 Woe to her who is rebellious and defiled, The tyrannical city!

2 She heeded no voice, She accepted no instruction. She did not trust in the LORD, She did not draw near to her God.

3 Her princes within her are roaring lions, Her judges are wolves at evening; They leave nothing for the morning.

4 Her prophets are reckless, treacherous men; Her priests have profaned the sanctuary. They have done violence to the law.

5 The LORD is righteous within her; He will do no injustice. Every morning He brings His justice to light; He does not fail. But the unjust knows no shame.

6 "I have cut off nations; Their corner towers are in ruins. I have made their streets desolate, With no one passing by; Their cities are laid waste, Without a man, without an inhabitant.

7 "I said, `Surely you will revere Me, Accept instruction.' So her dwelling will not be cut off {According to} all that I have appointed concerning her. But they were eager to corrupt all their deeds.

8 "Therefore wait for Me," declares the LORD, "For the day when I rise up as a witness. Indeed, My decision is to gather nations, To assemble kingdoms, To pour out on them My indignation, All My burning anger; For all the earth will be devoured By the fire of My zeal.

9 "For then I will give to the peoples purified lips, That all of them may call on the name of the LORD, To serve Him shoulder to shoulder.

10 "From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia My worshipers, My dispersed ones, Will bring My offerings.

11 "In that day you will feel no shame Because of all your deeds By which you have rebelled against Me; For then I will remove from your midst Your proud, exulting ones, And you will never again be haughty On My holy mountain.

12 "But I will leave among you A humble and lowly people, And they will take refuge in the name of the LORD.

13 "The remnant of Israel will do no wrong And tell no lies, Nor will a deceitful tongue Be found in their mouths; For they will feed and lie down With no one to make them tremble."

14 Shout for joy, O daughter of Zion! Shout {in triumph,} O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all {your} heart, O daughter of Jerusalem!

15 The LORD has taken away {His} judgments against you, He has cleared away your enemies. The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; You will fear disaster no more.

16 In that day it will be said to Jerusalem: "Do not be afraid, O Zion; Do not let your hands fall limp.

17 "The LORD your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.

18 "I will gather those who grieve about the appointed feasts-- They came from you, {O Zion;} {The} reproach {of exile} is a burden on them.

19 "Behold, I am going to deal at that time With all your oppressors, I will save the lame And gather the outcast, And I will turn their shame into praise and renown In all the earth.

20 "At that time I will bring you in, Even at the time when I gather you together; Indeed, I will give you renown and praise Among all the peoples of the earth, When I restore your fortunes before your eyes," Says the LORD.

NET Bible

Zephaniah 1

1 This is the prophetic message that the LORD gave to Zephaniah son of Cushi, son of Gedaliah, son of Amariah, son of Hezekiah. Zephaniah delivered this message during the reign of King Josiah son of Amon of Judah:

2 “I will destroy everything from the face of the earth,” says the LORD.

3 “I will destroy people and animals; I will destroy the birds in the sky and the fish in the sea. (The idolatrous images of these creatures will be destroyed along with evil people.) I will remove humanity from the face of the earth,” says the LORD.

4 “I will attack Judah and all who live in Jerusalem. I will remove from this place every trace of Baal worship, as well as the very memory of the pagan priests.

5 I will remove those who worship the stars in the sky from their rooftops, those who swear allegiance to the LORD while taking oaths in the name of their ‘king,’

6 and those who turn their backs on the LORD and do not want the LORD’s help or guidance.”

7 Be silent before the Lord GOD, for the LORD’s day of judgment is almost here. The LORD has prepared a sacrificial meal; he has ritually purified his guests.

8 “On the day of the LORD’s sacrificial meal, I will punish the princes and the king’s sons, and all who wear foreign styles of clothing.

9 On that day I will punish all who leap over the threshold, who fill the house of their master with wealth taken by violence and deceit.

10 On that day,” says the LORD, “a loud cry will go up from the Fish Gate, wailing from the city’s newer district, and a loud crash from the hills.

11 Wail, you who live in the market district, for all the merchants will disappear and those who count money will be removed.

12 At that time I will search through Jerusalem with lamps. I will punish the people who are entrenched in their sin, those who think to themselves, ‘The LORD neither rewards nor punishes.’

13 Their wealth will be stolen and their houses ruined! They will not live in the houses they have built, nor will they drink the wine from the vineyards they have planted.

14 The LORD’s great day of judgment is almost here; it is approaching very rapidly! There will be a bitter sound on the LORD’s day of judgment; at that time warriors will cry out in battle.

15 That day will be a day of God’s anger, a day of distress and hardship, a day of devastation and ruin, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and dark skies,

16 a day of trumpet blasts and battle cries. Judgment will fall on the fortified cities and the high corner towers.

17 I will bring distress on the people and they will stumble like blind men, for they have sinned against the LORD. Their blood will be poured out like dirt; their flesh will be scattered like manure.

18 Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD’s angry judgment. The whole earth will be consumed by his fiery wrath. Indeed, he will bring terrifying destruction on all who live on the earth.”

Zephaniah 2

1 Bunch yourselves together like straw, you undesirable nation,

2 before God’s decree becomes reality and the day of opportunity disappears like windblown chaff, before the LORD’s raging anger overtakes you – before the day of the LORD’s angry judgment overtakes you!

3 Seek the LORD’s favor, all you humble people of the land who have obeyed his commands! Strive to do what is right! Strive to be humble! Maybe you will be protected on the day of the LORD’s angry judgment.

4 Indeed, Gaza will be deserted and Ashkelon will become a heap of ruins. Invaders will drive away the people of Ashdod by noon, and Ekron will be overthrown.

5 Those who live by the sea, the people who came from Crete, are as good as dead. The LORD has decreed your downfall, Canaan, land of the Philistines: “I will destroy everyone who lives there!”

6 The seacoast will be used as pasture lands by the shepherds and as pens for their flocks.

7 Those who are left from the kingdom of Judah will take possession of it. By the sea they will graze, in the houses of Ashkelon they will lie down in the evening, for the LORD their God will intervene for them and restore their prosperity.

8 “I have heard Moab’s taunts and the Ammonites’ insults. They taunted my people and verbally harassed those living in Judah.

9 Therefore, as surely as I live,” says the LORD who commands armies, the God of Israel, “be certain that Moab will become like Sodom and the Ammonites like Gomorrah. They will be overrun by weeds, filled with salt pits, and permanently desolate. Those of my people who are left will plunder their belongings; those who are left in Judah will take possession of their land.”

10 This is how they will be repaid for their arrogance, for they taunted and verbally harassed the people of the LORD who commands armies.

11 The LORD will terrify them, for he will weaken all the gods of the earth. All the distant nations will worship the LORD in their own lands.

12 “You Ethiopians will also die by my sword!”

13 The LORD will attack the north and destroy Assyria. He will make Nineveh a heap of ruins; it will be as barren as the desert.

14 Flocks and herds will lie down in the middle of it, as well as every kind of wild animal. Owls will sleep in the tops of its support pillars; they will hoot through the windows. Rubble will cover the thresholds; even the cedar work will be exposed to the elements.

15 This is how the once-proud city will end up – the city that was so secure. She thought to herself, “I am unique! No one can compare to me!” What a heap of ruins she has become, a place where wild animals live! Everyone who passes by her taunts her and shakes his fist.

Zephaniah 3

1 The filthy, stained city is as good as dead; the city filled with oppressors is finished!

2 She is disobedient; she refuses correction. She does not trust the LORD; she does not seek the advice of her God.

3 Her princes are as fierce as roaring lions; her rulers are as hungry as wolves in the desert, who completely devour their prey by morning.

4 Her prophets are proud; they are deceitful men. Her priests defile what is holy; they break God’s laws.

5 The just LORD resides within her; he commits no unjust acts. Every morning he reveals his justice. At dawn he appears without fail. Yet the unjust know no shame.

6 “I destroyed nations; their walled cities are in ruins. I turned their streets into ruins; no one passes through them. Their cities are desolate; no one lives there.

7 I thought, ‘Certainly you will respect me! Now you will accept correction!’ If she had done so, her home would not be destroyed by all the punishments I have threatened. But they eagerly sinned in everything they did.

8 Therefore you must wait patiently for me,” says the LORD, “for the day when I attack and take plunder. I have decided to gather nations together and assemble kingdoms, so I can pour out my fury on them – all my raging anger. For the whole earth will be consumed by my fiery anger.

9 Know for sure that I will then enable the nations to give me acceptable praise. All of them will invoke the LORD’s name when they pray, and will worship him in unison.

10 From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia, those who pray to me will bring me tribute.

11 In that day you will not be ashamed of all your rebelliousness against me, for then I will remove from your midst those who proudly boast, and you will never again be arrogant on my holy hill.

12 I will leave in your midst a humble and meek group of people, and they will find safety in the LORD’s presence.

13 The Israelites who remain will not act deceitfully. They will not lie, and a deceitful tongue will not be found in their mouth. Indeed, they will graze peacefully like sheep and lie down; no one will terrify them.”

14 Shout for joy, Daughter Zion! Shout out, Israel! Be happy and boast with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem!

15 The LORD has removed the judgment against you; he has turned back your enemy. Israel’s king, the LORD, is in your midst! You no longer need to fear disaster.

16 On that day they will say to Jerusalem, “Don’t be afraid, Zion! Your hands must not be paralyzed from panic!

17 The LORD your God is in your midst; he is a warrior who can deliver. He takes great delight in you; he renews you by his love; he shouts for joy over you.”

18 “As for those who grieve because they cannot attend the festivals – I took them away from you; they became tribute and were a source of shame to you.

19 Look, at that time I will deal with those who mistreated you. I will rescue the lame sheep and gather together the scattered sheep. I will take away their humiliation and make the whole earth admire and respect them.

20 At that time I will lead you – at the time I gather you together. Be sure of this! I will make all the nations of the earth respect and admire you when you see me restore you,” says the LORD.

New International Version

Zephaniah 1

1 The word of the LORD that came to Zephaniah son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, during the reign of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah:

2 "I will sweep away everything from the face of the earth," declares the LORD.

3 "I will sweep away both men and animals; I will sweep away the birds of the air and the fish of the sea. The wicked will have only heaps of rubble when I cut off man from the face of the earth," declares the LORD.

4 "I will stretch out my hand against Judah and against all who live in Jerusalem. I will cut off from this place every remnant of Baal, the names of the pagan and the idolatrous priests--

5 those who bow down on the roofs to worship the starry host, those who bow down and swear by the LORD and who also swear by Molech,

6 those who turn back from following the LORD and neither seek the LORD nor inquire of him.

7 Be silent before the Sovereign LORD, for the day of the LORD is near. The LORD has prepared a sacrifice; he has consecrated those he has invited.

8 On the day of the LORD's sacrifice I will punish the princes and the king's sons and all those clad in foreign clothes.

9 On that day I will punish all who avoid stepping on the threshold, who fill the temple of their gods with violence and deceit.

10 "On that day," declares the LORD, "a cry will go up from the Fish Gate, wailing from the New Quarter, and a loud crash from the hills.

11 Wail, you who live in the market district ; all your merchants will be wiped out, all who trade with silver will be ruined.

12 At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps and punish those who are complacent, who are like wine left on its dregs, who think, `The LORD will do nothing, either good or bad.'

13 Their wealth will be plundered, their houses demolished. They will build houses but not live in them; they will plant vineyards but not drink the wine.

14 "The great day of the LORD is near-- near and coming quickly. Listen! The cry on the day of the LORD will be bitter, the shouting of the warrior there.

15 That day will be a day of wrath, a day of distress and anguish, a day of trouble and ruin, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness,

16 a day of trumpet and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the corner towers.

17 I will bring distress on the people and they will walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD. Their blood will be poured out like dust and their entrails like filth.

18 Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them on the day of the LORD's wrath. In the fire of his jealousy the whole world will be consumed, for he will make a sudden end of all who live in the earth."

Zephaniah 2

1 Gather together, gather together, O shameful nation,

2 before the appointed time arrives and that day sweeps on like chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD comes upon you, before the day of the LORD's wrath comes upon you.

3 Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the LORD's anger.

4 Gaza will be abandoned and Ashkelon left in ruins. At midday Ashdod will be emptied and Ekron uprooted.

5 Woe to you who live by the sea, O Kerethite people; the word of the LORD is against you, O Canaan, land of the Philistines. "I will destroy you, and none will be left."

6 The land by the sea, where the Kerethites dwell, will be a place for shepherds and sheep pens.

7 It will belong to the remnant of the house of Judah; there they will find pasture. In the evening they will lie down in the houses of Ashkelon. The LORD their God will care for them; he will restore their fortunes.

8 "I have heard the insults of Moab and the taunts of the Ammonites, who insulted my people and made threats against their land.

9 Therefore, as surely as I live," declares the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, "surely Moab will become like Sodom, the Ammonites like Gomorrah-- a place of weeds and salt pits, a wasteland forever. The remnant of my people will plunder them; the survivors of my nation will inherit their land."

10 This is what they will get in return for their pride, for insulting and mocking the people of the LORD Almighty.

11 The LORD will be awesome to them when he destroys all the gods of the land. The nations on every shore will worship him, every one in its own land.

12 "You too, O Cushites, will be slain by my sword."

13 He will stretch out his hand against the north and destroy Assyria, leaving Nineveh utterly desolate and dry as the desert.

14 Flocks and herds will lie down there, creatures of every kind. The desert owl and the screech owl will roost on her columns. Their calls will echo through the windows, rubble will be in the doorways, the beams of cedar will be exposed.

15 This is the carefree city that lived in safety. She said to herself, "I am, and there is none besides me." What a ruin she has become, a lair for wild beasts! All who pass by her scoff and shake their fists.

Zephaniah 3

1 Woe to the city of oppressors, rebellious and defiled!

2 She obeys no one, she accepts no correction. She does not trust in the LORD, she does not draw near to her God.

3 Her officials are roaring lions, her rulers are evening wolves, who leave nothing for the morning.

4 Her prophets are arrogant; they are treacherous men. Her priests profane the sanctuary and do violence to the law.

5 The LORD within her is righteous; he does no wrong. Morning by morning he dispenses his justice, and every new day he does not fail, yet the unrighteous know no shame.

6 "I have cut off nations; their strongholds are demolished. I have left their streets deserted, with no one passing through. Their cities are destroyed; no one will be left--no one at all.

7 I said to the city, `Surely you will fear me and accept correction!' Then her dwelling would not be cut off, nor all my punishments come upon her. But they were still eager to act corruptly in all they did.

8 Therefore wait for me," declares the LORD, "for the day I will stand up to testify. I have decided to assemble the nations, to gather the kingdoms and to pour out my wrath on them-- all my fierce anger. The whole world will be consumed by the fire of my jealous anger.

9 "Then will I purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the LORD and serve him shoulder to shoulder.

10 From beyond the rivers of Cush my worshipers, my scattered people, will bring me offerings.

11 On that day you will not be put to shame for all the wrongs you have done to me, because I will remove from this city those who rejoice in their pride. Never again will you be haughty on my holy hill.

12 But I will leave within you the meek and humble, who trust in the name of the LORD.

13 The remnant of Israel will do no wrong; they will speak no lies, nor will deceit be found in their mouths. They will eat and lie down and no one will make them afraid."

14 Sing, O Daughter of Zion; shout aloud, O Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O Daughter of Jerusalem!

15 The LORD has taken away your punishment, he has turned back your enemy. The LORD, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm.

16 On that day they will say to Jerusalem, "Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands hang limp.

17 The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing."

18 "The sorrows for the appointed feasts I will remove from you; they are a burden and a reproach to you.

19 At that time I will deal with all who oppressed you; I will rescue the lame and gather those who have been scattered. I will give them praise and honor in every land where they were put to shame.

20 At that time I will gather you; at that time I will bring you home. I will give you honor and praise among all the peoples of the earth when I restore your fortunes before your very eyes," says the LORD.

Revised Standard Version

Zephaniah 1

1 The word of the LORD which came to Zephaniah the son of Cushi, son of Gedaliah, son of Amariah, son of Hezekiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah.

2 I will utterly sweep away everything from the face of the earth, says the LORD.

3 I will sweep away man and beast; I will sweep away the birds of the air and the fish of the sea. I will overthrow the wicked; I will cut off mankind from the face of the earth, says the LORD.

4 I will stretch out my hand against Judah, and against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off from this place the remnant of Baal and the name of the idolatrous priests;

5 those who bow down on the roofs to the host of the heavens; those who bow down and swear to the LORD and yet swear by Milcom;

6 those who have turned back from following the LORD, who do not seek the LORD or inquire of him."

7 Be silent before the Lord GOD! For the day of the LORD is at hand; the LORD has prepared a sacrifice and consecrated his guests.

8 And on the day of the LORD's sacrifice--"I will punish the officials and the king's sons and all who array themselves in foreign attire.

9 On that day I will punish every one who leaps over the threshold, and those who fill their master's house with violence and fraud."

10 On that day, says the LORD, "a cry will be heard from the Fish Gate, a wail from the Second Quarter, a loud crash from the hills.

11 Wail, O inhabitants of the Mortar! For all the traders are no more; all who weigh out silver are cut off.

12 At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and I will punish the men who are thickening upon their lees, those who say in their hearts, 'The LORD will not do good, nor will he do ill.'

13 Their goods shall be plundered, and their houses laid waste. Though they build houses, they shall not inhabit them; though they plant vineyards, they shall not drink wine from them."

14 The great day of the LORD is near, near and hastening fast; the sound of the day of the LORD is bitter, the mighty man cries aloud there.

15 A day of wrath is that day, a day of distress and anguish, a day of ruin and devastation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness,

16 a day of trumpet blast and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the lofty battlements.

17 I will bring distress on men, so that they shall walk like the blind, because they have sinned against the LORD; their blood shall be poured out like dust, and their flesh like dung.

18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them on the day of the wrath of the LORD. In the fire of his jealous wrath, all the earth shall be consumed; for a full, yea, sudden end he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth.

Zephaniah 2

1 Come together and hold assembly, O shameless nation,

2 before you are driven away like the drifting chaff, before there comes upon you the fierce anger of the LORD, before there comes upon you the day of the wrath of the LORD.

3 Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, who do his commands; seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you may be hidden on the day of the wrath of the LORD.

4 For Gaza shall be deserted, and Ashkelon shall become a desolation; Ashdod's people shall be driven out at noon, and Ekron shall be uprooted.

5 Woe to you inhabitants of the seacoast, you nation of the Cherethites! The word of the LORD is against you, O Canaan, land of the Philistines; and I will destroy you till no inhabitant is left.

6 And you, O seacoast, shall be pastures, meadows for shepherds and folds for flocks.

7 The seacoast shall become the possession of the remnant of the house of Judah, on which they shall pasture, and in the houses of Ashkelon they shall lie down at evening. For the LORD their God will be mindful of them and restore their fortunes.

8 I have heard the taunts of Moab and the revilings of the Ammonites, how they have taunted my people and made boasts against their territory.

9 Therefore, as I live," says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, "Moab shall become like Sodom, and the Ammonites like Gomorrah, a land possessed by nettles and salt pits, and a waste for ever. The remnant of my people shall plunder them, and the survivors of my nation shall possess them."

10 This shall be their lot in return for their pride, because they scoffed and boasted against the people of the LORD of hosts.

11 The LORD will be terrible against them; yea, he will famish all the gods of the earth, and to him shall bow down, each in its place, all the lands of the nations.

12 You also, O Ethiopians, shall be slain by my sword.

13 And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria; and he will make Nineveh a desolation, a dry waste like the desert.

14 Herds shall lie down in the midst of her, all the beasts of the field; the vulture and the hedgehog shall lodge in her capitals; the owl shall hoot in the window, the raven croak on the threshold; for her cedar work will be laid bare.

15 This is the exultant city that dwelt secure, that said to herself, "I am and there is none else." What a desolation she has become, a lair for wild beasts! Every one who passes by her hisses and shakes his fist.

Zephaniah 3

1 Woe to her that is rebellious and defiled, the oppressing city!

2 She listens to no voice, she accepts no correction. She does not trust in the LORD, she does not draw near to her God.

3 Her officials within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves that leave nothing till the morning.

4 Her prophets are wanton, faithless men; her priests profane what is sacred, they do violence to the law.

5 The LORD within her is righteous, he does no wrong; every morning he shows forth his justice, each dawn he does not fail; but the unjust knows no shame.

6 I have cut off nations; their battlements are in ruins; I have laid waste their streets so that none walks in them; their cities have been made desolate, without a man, without an inhabitant.

7 I said, 'Surely she will fear me, she will accept correction; she will not lose sight of all that I have enjoined upon her.' But all the more they were eager to make all their deeds corrupt."

8 Therefore wait for me, says the LORD, "for the day when I arise as a witness. For my decision is to gather nations, to assemble kingdoms, to pour out upon them my indignation, all the heat of my anger; for in the fire of my jealous wrath all the earth shall be consumed.

9 Yea, at that time I will change the speech of the peoples to a pure speech, that all of them may call on the name of the LORD and serve him with one accord.

10 From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, the daughter of my dispersed ones, shall bring my offering.

11 On that day you shall not be put to shame because of the deeds by which you have rebelled against me; for then I will remove from your midst your proudly exultant ones, and you shall no longer be haughty in my holy mountain.

12 For I will leave in the midst of you a people humble and lowly. They shall seek refuge in the name of the LORD,

13 those who are left in Israel; they shall do no wrong and utter no lies, nor shall there be found in their mouth a deceitful tongue. For they shall pasture and lie down, and none shall make them afraid."

14 Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem!

15 The LORD has taken away the judgments against you, he has cast out your enemies. The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; you shall fear evil no more.

16 On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: "Do not fear, O Zion; let not your hands grow weak.

17 The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing

18 as on a day of festival. "I will remove disaster from you, so that you will not bear reproach for it.

19 Behold, at that time I will deal with all your oppressors. And I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will change their shame into praise and renown in all the earth.

20 At that time I will bring you home, at the time when I gather you together; yea, I will make you renowned and praised among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes," says the LORD.

Spanish LBLA

Zephaniah 1

1 Palabra del SEÑOR que vino a Sofonías, hijo de Cusi, hijo de Gedalías, hijo de Amarías, hijo de Ezequías, en los días de Josías, hijo de Amón, rey de Judá:

2 Eliminaré por completo todo de la faz de la tierra —declara el SEÑOR.

3 Eliminaré hombres y animales, eliminaré las aves del cielo y los peces del mar, y haré tropezar a los impíos; extirparé al hombre de la faz de la tierra —declara el SEÑOR.

4 Extenderé mi mano contra Judá y contra todos los habitantes de Jerusalén; cortaré de este lugar al remanente de Baal {y} los nombres de los ministros idólatras junto con {sus} sacerdotes;

5 a los que se postran en las terrazas ante el ejército del cielo, a los que se postran {y} juran por el SEÑOR y juran {también} por Milcom [O, {su rey;} en el T.M., {Malcam,} posible variante ortográfica de Milcom],

6 a los que han dejado de seguir al SEÑOR, y a los que no han buscado al SEÑOR ni le han consultado.

7 ¡Calla delante del Señor DIOS!, porque el día del SEÑOR está cerca, porque el SEÑOR ha preparado un sacrificio, ha consagrado a sus invitados.

8 Y sucederá que en el día del sacrificio del SEÑOR castigaré a los príncipes, a los hijos del rey y a todos los que visten ropa extranjera.

9 Aquel día castigaré a todos los que saltan sobre el umbral, a los que llenan la casa de su señor de violencia y de engaño.

10 Y habrá aquel día —declara el SEÑOR— gritos de auxilio desde la puerta del Pescado, y gemidos desde el segundo distrito, y gran estruendo desde las colinas.

11 Gemid, habitantes del Mortero [I.e., un distrito de Jerusalén], porque será silenciado todo el pueblo de Canaán [O, {pueblo mercader}], exterminados todos los que pesan plata.

12 Y sucederá en aquel tiempo que yo escudriñaré a Jerusalén con lámparas, y castigaré a los hombres que reposan como el vino en sus heces, los que dicen en su corazón: "Ni bien ni mal hará el SEÑOR."

13 Sus riquezas se convertirán en despojos, y sus casas en desolación; edificarán casas, mas no {las} habitarán, plantarán viñas, mas no beberán su vino.

14 Cercano está el gran día del SEÑOR, cercano y muy próximo. El clamor del día del SEÑOR es amargo; allí gritará el guerrero.

15 Día de ira aquel día, día de congoja y de angustia, día de destrucción y desolación, día de tinieblas y lobreguez, día nublado y de densa oscuridad,

16 día de trompeta y grito de guerra contra las ciudades fortificadas y contra los torreones de las esquinas.

17 Traeré angustia sobre los hombres, y andarán como ciegos, porque han pecado contra el SEÑOR; su sangre será derramada como polvo, y su carne como estiércol.

18 Ni su plata ni su oro podrán librarlos en el día de la ira del SEÑOR, cuando por el fuego de su celo toda la tierra sea consumida; porque El hará una destrucción total {y} terrible de todos los habitantes de la tierra.

Zephaniah 2

1 Congregaos, congregaos, oh nación sin pudor,

2 antes que entre en vigencia el decreto (como tamo pasa el día), antes que venga sobre vosotros el ardor de la ira del SEÑOR, antes que venga sobre vosotros el día de la ira del SEÑOR.

3 Buscad al SEÑOR, vosotros todos, humildes de la tierra que habéis cumplido sus preceptos; buscad la justicia, buscad la humildad. Quizá seréis protegidos el día de la ira del SEÑOR.

4 Porque Gaza será abandonada, y Ascalón desolada; Asdod será expulsada al mediodía, y Ecrón será desarraigada.

5 ¡Ay de los habitantes de la costa del mar, la nación de los cereteos [I.e., una rama de los filisteos con raíces en Creta]! La palabra del SEÑOR está contra vosotros: Canaán, tierra de los filisteos, yo te destruiré hasta que no quede habitante alguno.

6 Y la costa del mar se convertirá en pastizales, en praderas para pastores y apriscos para ovejas.

7 La costa será para el remanente de la casa de Judá; allí apacentarán {y} en las casas de Ascalón reposarán al atardecer; porque el SEÑOR su Dios los cuidará y los hará volver de su cautiverio.

8 He oído las afrentas de Moab y los ultrajes de los hijos de Amón, con los cuales afrentaron a mi pueblo y se engrandecieron sobre su territorio.

9 Por tanto, vivo yo —declara el SEÑOR de los ejércitos, Dios de Israel— que Moab será como Sodoma, y los hijos de Amón como Gomorra: campo de ortigas y mina de sal, una desolación perpetua. El remanente de mi pueblo los saqueará, y el resto de mi nación los heredará.

10 Esto tendrán ellos como pago por su orgullo, porque han afrentado y se han engrandecido sobre el pueblo del SEÑOR de los ejércitos.

11 Terrible será el SEÑOR contra ellos, porque debilitará a todos los dioses de la tierra; y se inclinarán a El todas las costas de las naciones cada una desde su lugar.

12 También vosotros, etíopes, seréis muertos por mi espada.

13 El extenderá su mano contra el norte y destruirá a Asiria, y hará de Nínive una desolación, árida como el desierto;

14 y se echarán en medio de ella los rebaños, toda clase de animales, tanto el pelícano como el erizo pasarán la noche en los capiteles; el ave [Lit., {una voz}] cantará en la ventana, {habrá} desolación en el umbral, porque El ha dejado al descubierto el entablado de cedro.

15 Esta es la ciudad divertida que vivía confiada, que decía en su corazón: Yo soy, y no hay otra más que yo. ¡Cómo ha sido hecha una desolación, una guarida de fieras! Todo el que pase por ella silbará {y} agitará su mano.

Zephaniah 3

1 ¡Ay de la rebelde y contaminada, la ciudad opresora!

2 No escuchó la voz, ni aceptó la corrección. No confió en el SEÑOR, ni se acercó a su Dios.

3 Sus príncipes en medio de ella son leones rugientes, sus jueces, lobos al anochecer; no dejan nada para la mañana.

4 Sus profetas son temerarios, hombres pérfidos; sus sacerdotes han profanado el santuario, han violado la ley.

5 El SEÑOR es justo en medio de ella; no cometerá injusticia. Cada mañana saca a luz su juicio, nunca falta; pero el injusto no conoce la vergüenza.

6 Yo he exterminado naciones; sus torreones están en ruinas, hice desiertas sus calles, sin que nadie pase {por ellas;} sus ciudades están desoladas, sin hombre alguno, sin ningún habitante.

7 Dije: "Ciertamente me temerás, aceptarás corrección." Entonces no será destruida su morada {a pesar de} todo lo que yo había determinado sobre ella; pero ellos se apresuraron a corromper todas sus acciones.

8 Por tanto, esperadme —declara el SEÑOR— hasta el día en que me levante como testigo, porque mi decisión es reunir a las naciones, juntar a los reinos, para derramar sobre ellos mi indignación, todo el ardor de mi ira; porque por el fuego de mi celo toda la tierra será consumida.

9 En ese tiempo daré a los pueblos labios puros, para que todos ellos invoquen el nombre del SEÑOR, para que le sirvan de común acuerdo.

10 Desde más allá de los ríos de Etiopía [Heb., {Cush}] mis adoradores, mis dispersos, traerán mi ofrenda.

11 Aquel día no te avergonzarás de ninguna de tus acciones con que te rebelaste contra mí; porque entonces yo quitaré de en medio de ti a los que se regocijan en tu orgullo, y nunca más te envanecerás en mi santo monte.

12 Y dejaré en medio de ti un pueblo humilde y pobre, que se refugiará en el nombre del SEÑOR.

13 El remanente de Israel no hará injusticia ni dirá mentira, ni se hallará en su boca lengua engañosa, porque ellos se alimentarán y reposarán sin que nadie {los} atemorice.

14 Canta jubilosa, hija de Sion. Lanza gritos {de alegría,} Israel. Alégrate y regocíjate de todo corazón, hija de Jerusalén.

15 El SEÑOR ha retirado {sus} juicios contra ti, ha expulsado a tus enemigos. El Rey de Israel, el SEÑOR, está en medio de ti; ya no temerás mal alguno.

16 Aquel día le dirán a Jerusalén: No temas, Sion; no desfallezcan tus manos.

17 El SEÑOR tu Dios está en medio de ti, guerrero victorioso; se gozará en ti con alegría, en su amor guardará silencio [Algunas versiones antiguas dicen: {te renovará en su amor}], se regocijará por ti con cantos de júbilo.

18 Reuniré a los que se afligen por las fiestas señaladas, tuyos son, {oh Sion,} el oprobio {del destierro} es una carga para ellos.

19 He aquí, en aquel tiempo me ocuparé de todos tus opresores; salvaré a la coja y recogeré a la desterrada, y convertiré su vergüenza en alabanza y renombre en toda la tierra.

20 En aquel tiempo os traeré, en aquel tiempo os reuniré; ciertamente, os daré renombre y alabanza entre todos los pueblos de la tierra, cuando yo haga volver a vuestros cautivos ante vuestros ojos —dice el SEÑOR.

Transliterated Hebrew OT

Zephaniah 1

1 Dªbar-Yahweh 'ªsher haayaah 'el-Tsªpanyaah, ben-Kuwshiy, ben-Gªdalyaah, ben-'Amaryaah, ben-Chizqiyaah, biymeey Yo'shiyaahuw, ben-'Aamown, melek Yªhuwdaah.

2 'Aacop 'aaceep kol mee`al pªneey haa'ªdaamaah, nª'um-Yahweh.

3 Aaceep 'aadaam uwbªheemaah. 'Aaceep `owp-hashaamayim uwdgeey hayaam. Wªhamaksheelowt 'et-haarªshaa`iym. Wªhikratiy 'et-haa'aadaam mee`al pªneey haa'ªdaamaah, nª'um-Yahweh.

4 WªnaaTiytiy yaadiy `al-Yªhuwdaah wª`al kaal-yowshªbeey Yªruwshaalaaim. Wªhikratiy min-hamaaqowm hazeh 'et-shª'aar ha-Ba`al 'et-sheem hakªmaariym `im-hakohªniym,

5 wª'et-hamishtachªwiym `al-hagagowt litsªbaa' hashaamaayim, wª'et-hamishtachªwiym hanishbaa`iym la-Yahweh wªhanishbaa`iym bª-Malkaam,

6 wª'et-hanªcowgiym mee'achªreey Yahweh, wa'ªsher lo'-biqshuw 'et-Yahweh wªlo' dªraashuhuw.

7 Hac mipneey 'Adonaay Yahweh! Kiy qaarowb yowm Yahweh! Kiy-heekiyn Yahweh zebach hiqdiysh qªru'aayw.

8 Wªhaayaah bªyowm zebach Yahweh uwpaaqadtiy `al-hasaariym wª`al-bªneey hamelek wª`al kaal-halobªshiym malbuwsh naakªriy.

9 Uwpaaqadtiy `al kaal-hadowleeg `al-hamiptaan bayowm hahuw', hamªmal'iym beeyt 'ªdoneeyhem chaamaac uwmirmaah.

10 Wªhaayaah bayowm hahuw', nª'um-Yahweh, qowl tsª`aaqaah mi-Sha`ar-ha-Daagiym wiylaalaah min-ha-Mishneh. Wªsheber gaadowl meehagªbaa`owt.

11 Heeyliyluw yoshªbeey hamakteesh! Kiy nidmaah kaal-`am kªna`an. Nikrªtuw kaal-nªTiyleey kaacep.

12 Wªhaayaah baa`eet hahiy' 'ªchapees 'et-Yªruwshaalaim baneerowt. Uwpaaqadtiy `al-haa'ªnaashiym haqopª'iym `al-shimreeyhem, haa'omªriym bilbaabaam: Lo'-yeeyTiyb Yahweh wªlo' yaareea`!

13 Wªhaayaah cheeylaam limshicaah uwbaateeyhem lishmaamaah. Uwbaanuw baatiym wªlo' yeesheebuw. WªnaaTª`uw kªraamiym wªlo' yishtuw 'et-yeeynaam.

14 Qaarowb yowm-Yahweh hagaadowl. Qaarowb uwmaheer mª'od. Qowl yowm Yahweh mar. Tsoreeach shaam gibowr.

15 Yowm `ebraah hayowm hahuw'. Yowm tsaaraah uwmtsuwqaah. Yowm sho'aah uwmshow'aah. Yowm choshek wa'ªpeelaah. Yowm `aanaan wa`ªraapel.

16 Yowm showpaar uwtruw`aah `al he`aariym habªtsurowt wª`al hapinowt hagªbohowt.

17 Wahªtseerotiy laa'aadaam. Wªhaalªkuw ka`iwªriym. Kiy la-Yahweh chaaTaa'uw. Wªshupak daamaam ke`aapaar uwlchumaam kaglaaliym.

18 Gam-kacpaam gam-zªhaabaam lo'-yuwkal lªhatsiylaam bªyowm `ebrat Yahweh. Uwb'eesh qin'aatow tee'aakeel kaal-haa'aarets. Kiy-kaalaah -- 'ak-nibhaalaah -- ya`ªseh 'eet kaal-yoshªbeey haa'aarets!

Zephaniah 2

1 Hitqowshªshuw waaqowshuw hagowy lo' nikcaap,

2 bªTerem ledet choq kªmots, `aabar yowm bªTerem lo'-yaabow' `ªleeykem chªrown 'ap-Yahweh, bªTerem lo'-yaabow' `ªleeykem yowm 'ap-Yahweh!

3 Baqªshuw 'et-Yahweh kaal-`anweey haa'aarets 'ªsher mishpaaTow paa`aaluw! Baqshuw-tsedeq! Baqªshuw `ªnaawaah! 'Uwlay ticaatªruw bªyowm 'ap-Yahweh!

4 Kiy `Azaah `ªzuwbaah tihªyeh. Wª-'Ashqªlown lishmaamaah. 'Ashdowd batsaahªrayim yªgaarªshuwhaa. Wª-`Eqrown tee`aaqeer.

5 Howy yoshªbeey chebel hayaam, gowy Kªreetiym. Dªbar-Yahweh `ªleeykem, Kªna`an, 'erets Pªlishtiym! Wªha'ªbadtiyk mee'eeyn yowsheeb!

6 Wªhaayªtaah, chebel hayaam, nªwot Kªrot ro`iym wªgidrowt tso'n.

7 Wªhaayaah chebel lish'eeriyt beeyt Yªhuwdaah, `ªleeyhem yir`uwn. Bªbaateey 'Ashqªlown baa`ereb yirbaatsuwn. Kiy yipqªdeem Yahweh 'Eloheeyhem wªshaab shªbiytaam (*).

8 Shaama`tiy cherpat Mow'aab wªgiduwpeey bªneey `Amown, 'ªsher cheerªpuw 'et-`amiy wayagdiyluw `al-gªbuwlaam.

9 Laakeen, chay-'aaniy, nª'um Yahweh tsªbaa'owt 'Eloheey Yisraa'eel, kiy-Mow'aab ki-Cªdom tihªyeh uwbneey `Amown ka-`Amoraah, mimshaq chaaruwl uwmikreeh-melach uwshmaamaah `ad-`owlaam! Shª'eeriyt `amiy yªbaazuwm! Wªyeter gowyiy (*) yinchaaluwm!

10 Zo't laahem tachat gª'ownaam. Kiy cheerªpuw wayagdiluw `al-`am Yahweh tsªbaa'owt.

11 Nowraa' Yahweh `ªleeyhem. Kiy raazaah 'eet kaal-'ªloheey haa'aarets. Wªyishtachªwuw-low, 'iysh mimªqowmow, kol 'iyeey hagowyim.

12 Gam-'atem, Kuwshiym, challeey charbiy heemaah.

13 WªyeeT yaadow `al-tsaapown wiy'abeed 'et-'Ashuwr. Wªyaaseem 'et-Niynªweeh lishmaamaah, tsiyaah kamidbaar.

14 Wªraabªtsuw bªtowkaah `ªdaariym -- kaal-chaytow-gowy. Gam-qaa'at gam-qipod bªkaptoreyhaa yaaliynuw. Qowl yªshowreer bachalown. Choreb bacap kiy 'arzaah `eeraah.

15 Zo't haa`iyr haa`aliyzaah hayowshebet laabeTach. Haa'omªraah bilbaabaah: 'Aniy wª'apciy `owd! 'Eeyk haayªtaah lªshamaah! Marbeets lachayaah. Kol `owbeer `aaleyhaa yishroq yaaniya` yaadow.

Zephaniah 3

1 Howy mor'aah wªnig'aalaah, haa`iyr hayownaah!

2 Lo' shaam`aah bªqowl. Lo' laaqchaah muwcaar. Ba-Yahweh lo' baaTaachaah. 'El-'Eloheyhaa lo' qaareebaah.

3 Saareyhaa bªqirbaah 'ªraayowt sho'ªgiym. ShopªTeyhaa zª'eebeey `ereb lo' gaarªmuw laboqer.

4 Nªbiy'eyhaa pochªziym 'ansheey bogªdowt. Kohªneyhaa chilluw-qodesh; chaamªcuw towraah.

5 Yahweh tsadiyq bªqirbaah. Lo' ya`ªseh `awlaah. Baboqer baboqer mishpaaTow yiteen. Laa'owr lo' ne`ªdaar. Wªlo'-yowdeea` `awaal boshet.

6 Hikratiy gowyim. Naashamuw pinowtaam. Hechªrabtiy chuwtsowtaam mibªliy `owbeer. Nitsªduw `aareeyhem -- mibªliy-'iysh, mee'eeyn yowsheeb.

7 Aamartiy: 'Ak-tiyr'iy 'owtiy! Tiqchiy muwcaar! Wªlo'-yikaareet mª`ownaah kol 'ªsher-paaqadtiy `aaleyhaa! 'Aakeen hishkiymuw hishchiytuw kol `ªliylowtaam!

8 Laakeen, chakuw-liy, nª'um-Yahweh, lªyowm quwmiy lª`ad (*). Kiy mishpaaTiy le'ªcop gowyim, lªqaabªtsiy mamlaakowt, lishpok `ªleeyhem za`ªmiy -- kol chªrown 'apiy. Kiy bª'eesh qin'aatiy tee'aakeel kaal-haa'aarets!

9 Kiy-'aaz 'ehpok 'el-`amiym saapaah bªruwraah, liqro' kulaam bªsheem Yahweh lª`aabªdow shªkem 'echaad.

10 Mee`eeber lªnahªreey-Kuwsh `ªtaaray, bat-puwtsay, yowbiluwn minchaatiy.

11 Bayowm hahuw' lo' teebowshiy mikol `ªliylotayik 'ªsher paasha`at biy. Kiy-'aaz 'aaciyr miqirbeek `aliyzeey ga'ªwaateek. Wªlo'-towcipiy lªgaabªhaah `owd bªhar qaadªshiy.

12 Wªhish'artiy bªqirbeek `am `aaniy waadaal. Wªchaacuw bªsheem Yahweh.

13 Shª'eeriyt Yisraa'eel lo'-ya`ªsuw `awlaah. Wªlo'-yªdabruw kaazaab. Wªlo'-yimaatsee' bªpiyhem lªshown tarmiyt. Kiy-heemaah yir`uw wªraabªtsuw. Wª'eeyn machªriyd.

14 Raaniy, bat-Tsiyown! Haariy`uw, Yisraa'eel! Simchiy wª`aalªziy bªkaal-leeb, bat Yªruwshaalaaim!

15 Heeciyr Yahweh mishpaaTayik. Pinaah 'oyªbeek. Melek Yisraa'eel, Yahweh, bªqirbeek. Lo'-tiyr'iy raa` `owd.

16 Bayowm hahuw' yee'aameer li-Yªruwshaalaim: 'Al-tiyraa'iy Tsiyown! 'Al-yirpuw yaadaayik.

17 Yahweh 'Elohayik bªqirbeek, Gibowr yowshiya`. Yaasiys `aalayik bªsimchaah. Yachriysh bª'ahªbaatow. Yaagiyl `aalayik bªrinaah.

18 Nuwgeey mimow`eed 'aacaptiy mimeek. Haayuw mas'eet `aaleyhaa cherpaah.

19 Hiniy, `oseh 'et-kaal-mª`anayik baa`eet hahiy'. Wªhowsha`ªtiy 'et-hatsolee`aah. Wªhanidaachaah 'ªqabeets. Wªsamtiym litªhilaah uwlsheem bªkaal-haa'aarets baashªtaam.

20 Baa`eet hahiy' 'aabiy' 'etkem. Uwbaa`eet qabtsiy 'etkem. Kiy-'eteen 'etkem lªsheem wªlitªhilaah bªkol `ameey haa'aarets bªshuwbiy 'et-shªbuwteeykem lª`eeyneeykem, 'aamar Yahweh.

World English Bible

Zephaniah 1

1 The word of Yahweh which came to 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.

2 I will utterly sweep away everything off of the surface of the earth, says Yahweh.

3 I will sweep away man and animal. I will sweep away the birds of the sky, the fish of the sea, and the heaps of rubble with the wicked. I will cut off man from the surface of the earth, says Yahweh.

4 I will stretch out my hand against Judah, and against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem. I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place: the name of the idolatrous and pagan priests,

5 those who worship the army of the sky on the housetops, those who worship and swear by Yahweh and also swear by Malcam,

6 those who have turned back from following Yahweh, and those who haven't sought Yahweh nor inquired after him.

7 Be silent at the presence of the Lord Yahweh, for the day of Yahweh is at hand. For Yahweh has prepared a sacrifice. He has consecrated his guests.

8 It will happen in the day of Yahweh's sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, the king's sons, and all those who as are clothed with foreign clothing.

9 In that day, I will punish all those who leap over the threshold, who fill their master's house with violence and deceit.

10 In that day, says Yahweh, there will be the noise of a cry from the fish gate, a wailing from the second quarter, and a great crashing from the hills.

11 Wail, you inhabitants of Maktesh, for all the people of Canaan are undone! All those who were loaded with silver are cut off.

12 It will happen at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and I will punish the men who are settled on their dregs, who say in their heart, "Yahweh will not do good, neither will he do evil."

13 Their wealth will become a spoil, and their houses a desolation. Yes, they will build houses, but won't inhabit them. They will plant vineyards, but won't drink their wine.

14 The great day of Yahweh is near. It is near, and hurries greatly, the voice of the day of Yahweh. The mighty man cries there bitterly.

15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of distress and anguish, a day of trouble and ruin, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness,

16 a day of the trumpet and alarm, against the fortified cities, and against the high battlements.

17 I will bring distress on men, that they will walk like blind men, because they have sinned against Yahweh, and their blood will be poured out like dust, and their flesh like dung.

18 Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to deliver them in the day of Yahweh's wrath, but the whole land will be devoured by the fire of his jealousy; for he will make an end, yes, a terrible end, of all those who dwell in the land.

Zephaniah 2

1 Gather yourselves together, yes, gather together, you nation that has no shame,

2 before the appointed time when the day passes as the chaff, before the fierce anger of Yahweh comes on you, before the day of Yahweh's anger comes on you.

3 Seek Yahweh, all you humble of the land, who have kept his ordinances. Seek righteousness. Seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden in the day of Yahweh's anger.

4 For Gaza will be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation. They will drive out Ashdod at noonday, and Ekron will be rooted up.

5 Woe to the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites! The word of Yahweh is against you, Canaan, the land of the Philistines. I will destroy you, that there will be no inhabitant.

6 The sea coast will be pastures, with cottages for shepherds and folds for flocks.

7 The coast will be for the remnant of the house of Judah. They will find pasture. In the houses of Ashkelon, they will lie down in the evening, for Yahweh, their God, will visit them, and restore them.

8 I have heard the reproach of Moab, and the insults of the children of Ammon, with which they have reproached my people, and magnified themselves against their border.

9 Therefore as I live, says Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel, surely Moab will be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah, a possession of nettles, and salt pits, and a perpetual desolation. The remnant of my people will plunder them, and the survivors of my nation will inherit them.

10 This they will have for their pride, because they have reproached and magnified themselves against the people of Yahweh of Armies.

11 Yahweh will be awesome to them, for he will famish all the gods of the land. Men will worship him, everyone from his place, even all the shores of the nations.

12 You Cushites also, you will be killed by my sword.

13 He will stretch out his hand against the north, destroy Assyria, and will make Nineveh a desolation, and dry like the wilderness.

14 Herds will lie down in the midst of her, all the animals of the nations. Both the pelican and the porcupine will lodge in its capitals. Their calls will echo through the windows. Desolation will be in the thresholds, for he has laid bare the cedar beams.

15 This is the joyous city that lived carelessly, that said in her heart, "I am, and there is none besides me." How she has become a desolation, a place for animals to lie down in! Everyone who passes by her will hiss, and shake their fists.

Zephaniah 3

1 Woe to her who is rebellious and polluted, the oppressing city!

2 She didn't obey the voice. She didn't receive correction. She didn't trust in Yahweh. She didn't draw near to her God.

3 Her princes in the midst of her are roaring lions. Her judges are evening wolves. They leave nothing until the next day.

4 Her prophets are arrogant and treacherous people. Her priests have profaned the sanctuary. They have done violence to the law.

5 Yahweh, in the midst of her, is righteous. He will do no wrong. Every morning he brings his justice to light. He doesn't fail, but the unjust know no shame.

6 I have cut off nations. Their battlements are desolate. I have made their streets waste, so that no one passes by. Their cities are destroyed, so that there is no man, so that there is no inhabitant.

7 I said, "Just fear me. Receive correction, so that her dwelling won't be cut off, according to all that I have appointed concerning her." But they rose early and corrupted all their doings.

8 "Therefore wait for me," says Yahweh, "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 on them my indignation, even all my fierce anger, for all the earth will be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.

9 For then I will purify the lips of the peoples, that they may all call on the name of Yahweh, to serve him shoulder to shoulder.

10 From beyond the rivers of Cush, my worshipers, even the daughter of my dispersed people, will bring my offering.

11 In that day you will not be disappointed for all your doings, in which you have transgressed against me; for then I will take away out of the midst of you your proudly exulting ones, and you will no more be haughty in my holy mountain.

12 But I will leave in the midst of you an afflicted and poor people, and they will take refuge in the name of Yahweh.

13 The remnant of Israel will not do iniquity, nor speak lies, neither will a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth, for they will feed and lie down, and no one will make them afraid."

14 Sing, daughter of Zion! Shout, Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, daughter of Jerusalem.

15 Yahweh has taken away your judgments. He has thrown out your enemy. The King of Israel, Yahweh, is in the midst of you. You will not be afraid of evil any more.

16 In that day, it will be said to Jerusalem, "Don't be afraid, Zion. Don't let your hands be slack."

17 Yahweh, your God, is in the midst of you, a mighty one who will save. He will rejoice over you with joy. He will rest in his love. He will rejoice over you with singing.

18 Those who are sad for the appointed feasts, I will remove from you. They are a burden and a reproach to you.

19 Behold, at that time I will deal with all those who afflict you, and I will save those who are lame, and gather those who were driven away. I will give them praise and honor, whose shame has been in all the earth.

20 At that time will I bring you in, and at that time will I gather you; for I will give you honor and praise among all the peoples of the earth, when I bring back your captivity before your eyes, says Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation

Zephaniah 1

1 A word of Jehovah that hath been unto Zephaniah son of Cushi, son of Gedaliah, son of Amariah, son of Hezikiah, in the days of Josiah son of Amoz, king of Judah:

2 I utterly consume all from off the face of the ground, An affirmation of Jehovah.

3 I consume man and beast, I consume fowl of the heavens, and fishes of the sea, And the stumbling-blocks -- the wicked, And I have cut off man from the face of the ground, An affirmation of Jehovah,

4 And stretched out My hand against Judah, And against all inhabiting Jerusalem, And cut off from this place the remnant of Baal, The name of the idolatrous priests, with the priests,

5 And those bowing themselves On the roofs to the host of the heavens, And those bowing themselves, Swearing to Jehovah, and swearing by Malcham,

6 And those removing from after Jehovah, And who have not sought Jehovah, nor besought Him.

7 Hush! because of the Lord Jehovah, For near is a day of Jehovah, For prepared hath Jehovah a sacrifice, He hath sanctified His invited ones.

8 And it hath come to pass, In the day of the sacrifice of Jehovah, That I have laid a charge on the heads, And on sons of the king, And on all putting on strange clothing.

9 And I have laid a charge on every one Who is leaping over the threshold in that day, Who are filling the house of their masters With violence and deceit.

10 And there hath been in that day, An affirmation of Jehovah, The noise of a cry from the fish-gate, And of a howling from the Second, And of great destruction from the hills.

11 Howl, ye inhabitants of the hollow place, For cut off hath been all the merchant people, Cut off have been all bearing silver.

12 And it hath come to pass, at that time, I search Jerusalem with lights, And I have laid a charge on the men Who are hardened on their preserved things, Who are saying in their heart: Jehovah doth no good, nor doth He evil.

13 And their wealth hath been for a spoil, And their houses for desolation, And they have built houses, and do not inhabit, And they have planted vineyards, And they do not drink their wine.

14 Near is the great day of Jehovah, Near, and hasting exceedingly, The noise of the day of Jehovah, Bitterly shriek there doth a mighty one.

15 A day of wrath is that day, A day of adversity and distress, A day of waste and desolation, A day of darkness and gloominess, A day of cloud and thick darkness.

16 A day of trumpet and shouting against the fenced cities, And against the high corners.

17 And I have sent distress to men, And they have walked as the blind, For against Jehovah they have sinned, And poured out is their blood as dust, And their flesh is as dung.

18 Even their silver, even their gold, Is not able to deliver them in a day of the wrath of Jehovah, And in the fire of His jealousy consumed is the whole land, For only a hastened end doth He make Of all the inhabitants of the land!

Zephaniah 2

1 Bend yourselves, yea, bend ye, O nation not desired,

2 Before the bringing forth of a statute, As chaff hath the day passed on, While yet not come in upon you doth the heat of the anger of Jehovah, While yet not come in upon you doth a day of the anger of Jehovah,

3 Seek Jehovah, all ye humble of the land, Who His judgment have done, Seek ye righteousness, seek humility, It may be ye are hidden in a day of the anger of Jehovah.

4 For Gaza is forsaken, And Ashkelon is for a desolation, Ashdod! at noon they do cast her forth, And Ekron is rooted up.

5 Ho! O inhabitants of the sea-coast, Nation of the Cherethites, A word of Jehovah is against you, Canaan, land of the Philistines, And I have destroyed thee without an inhabitant.

6 And the sea-coast hath been habitations, Cottages for shepherds, and folds for a flock.

7 And the coast hath been for the remnant of the house of Judah, By them they have pleasure, In houses of Ashkelon at even they lie down, For inspect them doth Jehovah their God, And He hath turned back to their captivity.

8 I have heard the reproach of Moab, And the revilings of the sons of Ammon, Wherewith they reproached My people, And magnify themselves against their border.

9 Therefore, I live, An affirmation of Jehovah of Hosts, God of Israel, Surely, Moab is as Sodom, And the sons of Ammon as Gomorrah, An overrunning of nettles and salt-pits, And a desolation -- unto the age. A residue of My people do seize them, And a remnant of My nation inherit them.

10 This is to them for their arrogancy, Because they have reproached, And they magnify themselves against the people of Jehovah of Hosts.

11 Fearful is Jehovah against them, For He made bare all gods of the land, And bow themselves to Him, each from his place, Do all islanders of the nations.

12 Also ye, O Cushim, pierced of My sword are they.

13 And He stretcheth His hand against the north, And doth destroy Asshur, And he setteth Nineveh for a desolation, A dry land like a wilderness.

14 And crouched in her midst have droves, Every beast of the nation, Both pelican and hedge-hog in her knobs lodge, A voice doth sing at the window, "Destruction is at the threshold, For the cedar-work is exposed."

15 This is the exulting city that is dwelling confidently, That is saying in her heart, "I am, and beside me there is none," How hath she been for a desolation, A crouching-place for beasts, Every one passing by her doth hiss, He doth shake his hand!


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