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Zephaniah 1:4-18 (Holman Christian Standard)

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4 I will stretch out My hand against Judah and against all the residents of Jerusalem. I will cut off from this place every vestige of Baal, the names of the pagan priestsa along with the priests; 5 those who bow in worship on the rooftops to the heavenly host; those who bow and pledge loyalty to the Lord but also pledge loyalty to Milcom;b 6 and those who turn back from following the Lord, who do not seek the Lord or inquire of Him. 7 Be silent in the presence of the Lord God ,c for the Day of the Lord is near. Indeed, the Lord has prepared a sacrifice; He has consecrated His guests. 8 On the day of the Lord's sacrifice I will punish the officials, the king's sons, and all who are dressed in foreign clothing. 9 On that day I will punish all who skip over the threshold,de who fill their master's house with violence and deceit. 10 On that day- the Lord's declaration- there will be an outcry from the Fish Gate,f a wailing from the Second District,g and a loud crashing from the hills. 11 Wail, you residents of the Hollow,h for all the merchantsi will be silenced; all those loaded with silver will be cut off. 12 And at that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps and punish the men who settle down comfortably,j who say to themselves: The Lord will not do good or evil. 13 Their wealth will become plunder and their houses a ruin. They will build houses but never live [in them], plant vineyards but never drink their wine.k 14 The great Day of the Lord is near, near and rapidly approaching. Listen, the Day of the Lord- there the warrior's cry is bitter. 15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of destruction and desolation, a day of darknessl and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness,m 16 a day of trumpet [blast] and battle cry against the fortified cities, and against the high corner towers. 17 I will bring distress on mankind, and they will walk like the blind because they have sinned against the Lord. Their blood will be poured out like dust and their flesh like dung. 18 Their silver and their gold will not be able to rescue them on the day of the Lord's wrath. The whole earth will be consumed by the fire of His jealousy. For He will make a complete, yes, a horrifying end of all the inhabitants of the earth.
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