1 The word of the Lord that came to Zephaniah son of Cushi, son of Gedaliah, son of Amariah, son of Hezekiah, in the days of Josiaha son of Amon, king of Judah.

References for Zephaniah 1:1

    • a 1:1 - 2 Kg 22:1-23:30; 2 Ch 34:1-36:1

      The Great Day of the Lord

      2 I will completely sweep away everything from the face of the earthb- [this is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the Lord's declaration.

      References for Zephaniah 1:2

        • b 1:2 - Gn 6:7; 7:4
          3 I will sweep away man and animal; I will sweep away the birds of the sky and the fish of the sea, and the ruinsc along with the wicked.d I will cut off mankind from the face of the earth- the Lord's declaration.

          References for Zephaniah 1:3

            • c 1:3 - Perhaps objects connected with idolatry
            • d 1:3 - Mt 13:41
              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 priestse along with the priests;

              References for Zephaniah 1:4

                • e 1:4 - 2 Kg 23:5
                  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;f

                  References for Zephaniah 1:5

                    • f 1:5 - Some LXX mss, Syr, Vg; MT, other LXX mss read their king
                      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 ,g for the Day of the Lord is near. Indeed, the Lord has prepared a sacrifice; He has consecrated His guests.

                      References for Zephaniah 1:7

                        • g 1:7 - Hab 2:20
                          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,hi who fill their master's house with violence and deceit.

                          References for Zephaniah 1:9

                            • h 1:9 - Hb obscure
                            • i 1:9 - 1 Sm 5:5
                              10 On that day- the Lord's declaration- there will be an outcry from the Fish Gate,j a wailing from the Second District,k and a loud crashing from the hills.

                              References for Zephaniah 1:10

                                • j 1:10 - 2 Ch 33:14; Neh 3:3; 12:39
                                • k 1:10 - 2 Kg 22:14; 2 Ch 32:5
                                  11 Wail, you residents of the Hollow,l for all the merchantsm will be silenced; all those loaded with silver will be cut off.

                                  References for Zephaniah 1:11

                                    • l 1:11 - Or the market district
                                    • m 1:11 - Or Canaanites
                                      12 And at that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps and punish the men who settle down comfortably,n who say to themselves: The Lord will not do good or evil.

                                      References for Zephaniah 1:12

                                        • n 1:12 - Lit who thicken on their dregs
                                          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.o

                                          References for Zephaniah 1:13

                                              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 darknessp and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness,q

                                              References for Zephaniah 1:15

                                                • p 1:15 - Am 5:18-20
                                                • q 1:15 - Ps 97:2; Ezk 34:12; Jl 2:2
                                                  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.