Zephaniah 1:1-11 (Holman Christian Standard)

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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.

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. 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. 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; 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 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. 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. 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. 11 Wail, you residents of the Hollow,l for all the merchantsm will be silenced; all those loaded with silver will be cut off.
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