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Zephaniah

Zephaniah [N] [H] [S]

Jehovah has concealed, or Jehovah of darkness.

  • The son of Cushi, and great-grandson of Hezekiah, and the ninth in the order of the minor prophets. He prophesied in the days of Josiah, king of Judah (B.C. 641-610), and was contemporary with Jeremiah, with whom he had much in common. The book of his prophecies consists of:

    (a) An introduction ( 1:1-6 ), announcing the judgment of the world, and the judgment upon Israel, because of their transgressions.

    (b) The description of the judgment ( 1:7-18 ).

    (c) An exhortation to seek God while there is still time ( 2:1-3 ).

    (d) The announcement of judgment on the heathen ( 2:4-15 ).

    (e) The hopeless misery of Jerusalem ( 3:1-7 ).

    (f) The promise of salvation ( 3:8-20 ).

  • The son of Maaseiah, the "second priest" in the reign of Zedekiah, often mentioned in Jeremiah as having been sent from the king to inquire ( Jeremiah 21:1 ) regarding the coming woes which he had denounced, and to entreat the prophet's intercession that the judgment threatened might be averted ( Jeremiah 29:25 Jeremiah 29:26 Jeremiah 29:29 ; 37:3 ; 52:24 ). He, along with some other captive Jews, was put to death by the king of Babylon "at Riblah in the land of Hamath" ( 2 Kings 25:21 ).

  • A Kohathite ancestor of the prophet Samuel ( 1 Chronicles 6:36 ).

  • The father of Josiah, the priest who dwelt in Jerusalem when Darius issued the decree that the temple should be rebuilt ( Zechariah 6:10 ).

    These dictionary topics are from
    M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
    published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

    [N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
    [H] indicates this entry was also found in Hitchcock's Bible Names
    [S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible Dictionary

    Bibliography Information

    Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Zephaniah". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .