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Zephaniah 1 (Lexham English Bible)

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Judah’s Impending Judgment

1 The word of Yahweh that came to Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, in the days of Josiah son of Amon, king of Judah. 2 "I will surely destroy everything from the face of the earth"--a declaration of Yahweh. 3 "I will destroy humanity and beast; I will destroy the birds of the sky and the fish of the sea, and the stumbling blocksa with the wicked. And I will cut off humankind from the face of the earth"--a declaration of Yahweh. 4 "And I will stretch out my hand against Judah and against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And I will cut off from this place the remnant of Baal, and the name of idolatrous priests with the priests,b 5 and those who bow down on the rooftops to the host of heaven, and those who bow down, swearing to Yahweh but [also] swearing by Milkom,c 6 and those who turned back from {following}d Yahweh, and who did not seek Yahweh, and did not inquire of him." 7 Be silent before the Lord Yahweh, for the day of Yahweh draws near, for Yahweh has provided a sacrifice and has consecrated his guests. 8 And it shall be [that] on the day of the sacrifice of Yahweh, I will punish the officials and the sons of the king and those who dress in foreign clothing. 9 And on that day I will punish all who leap over the threshold, who fill up the house of their master [with] violence and deceit. 10 "And there shall be on that day"--a declaration of Yahweh-- "a {loud outcry}e from the Fish Gate, and a wailing from the Second District, and a loudf crashing from the hills. 11 The inhabitants of the Mortar shall wail, for all the traders have perished; all who trade with silver have been cut off. 12 And it shall be [that] at that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and I will punish the men {whose senses are dulled from drinking},g who say in their hearts, 'Yahweh will not do good, nor will he do evil.' 13 Then their wealth shall be as plunder, and their homes as desolation. And they shall build their houses and not inhabit them, and they shall plant vineyards and not drink their wine." 14 The great day of Yahweh draws near; [it is] near and [coming] very swiftly. The sound of the day of Yahweh [is] bitterness; there, a warrior cries out! 15 That day [will be] a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of disaster and ruination, a day of darkness and deep gloom, a day of cloudsh and thick clouds,i 16 a day of trumpet and [trumpet] blast against the fortified cities and against the high corner towers. 17 And I will bring distress to all humankind, and they shall walk about like the blind, for they sinned against Yahweh; their blood shall be poured out like dust and their entrails like dung. 18 Moreover, their silver and their gold will not be able to save them on the day of the wrath of Yahweh. And in the fire of his zeal, the whole land shall be consumed, for a terrifying end he shall make [for] all the inhabitants of the land.
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