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Zephaniah - Introduction

Book Introduction - Zephaniah

Read first chapter of Zephaniah

This prophet, a contemporary of Jeremiah, exercised his ministry during the reign of Josiah. It was a time of revival (2Ki. 22), but the captivity was impending, nevertheless, and Zephaniah points out the moral state which, despite the superficial revival under Josiah ( Jeremiah 2:11-13 ), made it inevitable.

Zephaniah is in four parts:

  1. The coming invasion of Nebuchadnezzar a figure of the day of the Lord, 1:1-2:3.
  2. Predictions of judgment on certain peoples, 2:4-15.
  3. The moral state of Israel for which the captivity was to come, 3:1-7.
  4. The judgment of the nations followed by kingdom blessing under Messiah, 3:8-20.