» Zephaniah 1

¶ Zephaniah 1 v1

{ heart }   [ZN] 1v1

The word of the LORD 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.

¶ Zephaniah 1 v2-6

{ heart }   [ZN] 1v2

I will utterly consume all things
from off the land,

Saith the LORD.

{ heart }   [ZN] 1v3

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.

{ heart }   [ZN] 1v4

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 Chemarim
with the priests;

{ heart }   [ZN] 1v5

And those who worship the host of heaven
upon the housetops;
and those who worship
and who swear by the LORD,
and who swear by Malcam;

{ heart }   [ZN] 1v6

And those who are turned back
from the LORD;
and those who have not sought
the LORD,
nor enquired for HIM.

¶ Zephaniah 1 v7-9

{ heart }   [ZN] 1v7

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 bidden HIS guests.

{ heart }   [ZN] 1v8

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.

{ heart }   [ZN] 1v9

In the same day also will I punish
all those who leap on the threshold,
who fill their masters' houses
with violence and deceit.

¶ Zephaniah 1 v10-11

{ heart }   [ZN] 1v10

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 quarter,
and a great crashing from the hills.

{ heart }   [ZN] 1v11

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

¶ Zephaniah 1 v12-13

{ heart }   [ZN] 1v12

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’.

{ heart }   [ZN] 1v13

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.

¶ Zephaniah 1 v14-18

{ heart }   [ZN] 1v14

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.

{ heart }   [ZN] 1v15

That day is a day of wrath,
a day of trouble and distress,
a day of waste and desolation,
a day of darkness and gloominess,
a day of clouds and thick darkness,

{ heart }   [ZN] 1v16

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

{ heart }   [ZN] 1v17

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.

{ heart }   [ZN] 1v18

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 who dwell in the land.

» Zephaniah 2

¶ Zephaniah 2 v1-3

{ heart }   [ZN] 2v1

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

{ heart }   [ZN] 2v2

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.

{ heart }   [ZN] 2v3

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 hidden
in the day of the LORD'S anger.

¶ Zephaniah 2 v4-7

{ heart }   [ZN] 2v4

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

{ heart }   [ZN] 2v5

Woe unto the inhabitants of the border,
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.

{ heart }   [ZN] 2v6

And the border
shall be dwellings and cottages for shepherds,
and folds for flocks.

{ heart }   [ZN] 2v7

And the border
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.

¶ Zephaniah 2 v8-11

{ heart }   [ZN] 2v8

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.

{ heart }   [ZN] 2v9

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 salt pits,
and a perpetual desolation;
the residue of MY people
shall spoil them,
and the remnant of MY people
shall possess them.

{ heart }   [ZN] 2v10

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

{ heart }   [ZN] 2v11

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.

¶ Zephaniah 2 v12-15

{ heart }   [ZN] 2v12

Ye Ethiopians also,
ye shall be slain by MY sword.

{ heart }   [ZN] 2v13

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

{ heart }   [ZN] 2v14

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.

{ heart }   [ZN] 2v15

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

¶ Zephaniah 3 v1-7

{ heart }   [ZN] 3v1

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

{ heart }   [ZN] 3v2

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

{ heart }   [ZN] 3v3

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

{ heart }   [ZN] 3v4

Her prophets are light and treachous persons;
her priests have polluted the sanctuary,
they have done violence to the law.

{ heart }   [ZN] 3v5

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.

{ heart }   [ZN] 3v6

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.

{ heart }   [ZN] 3v7

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.

¶ Zephaniah 3 v8-13

{ heart }   [ZN] 3v8

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.

{ heart }   [ZN] 3v9

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.

{ heart }   [ZN] 3v10

From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia
MY suppliants,
even the daughter of MY dispersed,
shall bring MINE offering.

{ heart }   [ZN] 3v11

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
those who rejoice in thy pride,
and thou shalt no more be haughty
because of MY holy mountain.

{ heart }   [ZN] 3v12

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

{ heart }   [ZN] 3v13

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.

¶ Zephaniah 3 v14-20

{ heart }   [ZN] 3v14

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

{ heart }   [ZN] 3v15

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.

{ heart }   [ZN] 3v16

In that day
it shall be said to Jerusalem,

 ‘Fear thou not;’ 

And to Zion,

 ‘Let not thine hands be slack’.

{ heart }   [ZN] 3v17

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.

{ heart }   [ZN] 3v18

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

{ heart }   [ZN] 3v19

Behold, at that time
I will undo all that afflict thee;
and I will save her that is lame,
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.

{ heart }   [ZN] 3v20

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 peoples of the earth,
when I turn back your captivity
before your eyes,

Saith the LORD.