Jehovah has concealed, or Jehovah of darkness.
(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 Lord is my secret
(hidden by Jehovah ).
zef-a-ni'-a (tsephanyah, tsephanyahu, "Yah hath treasured"):
(1) The prophet.
See ZEPHANIAH, BOOK OF.
(3) Judean father or fathers of various contemporaries of Zechariah, the prophet (Zechariah 6:10,14).
(4) A priest, the second in rank in the days of Jeremiah. He was a leader of the "patriotic" party which opposed Jeremiah. Nevertheless, he was sent to the prophet as a messenger of King Zedekiah when Nebuchadnezzar was about to attack the city (Jeremiah 21:1) and at other crises (Jeremiah 37:3; compare 29:25,29; 2 Kings 25:18). That he continued to adhere to the policy of resistance against Babylonian authority is indicated by the fact that he was among the leaders of Israel taken by Nebuzaradan before the king of Babylon, and killed at Riblah (2 Kings 25:18 parallel Jeremiah 52:24).
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