Zephaniah 1 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 This is the word of the Lord that came through Zephaniah while Josiah son of Amon was king of Judah. Zephaniah was the son of Cushi, who was the son of Gedaliah. Gedaliah was the son of Amariah, who was the son of Hezekiah. 1 The word of the LORD that came to Zephaniah son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, during the reign of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah:
2 "I will sweep away everything from the earth," says the Lord. 2 "I will sweep away everything from the face of the earth," declares the LORD.
3 "I will sweep away the people and animals; I will destroy the birds in the air and the fish of the sea. I will ruin the evil people, and I will remove human beings from the earth," says the Lord. 3 "I will sweep away both men and animals; I will sweep away the birds of the air and the fish of the sea. The wicked will have only heaps of rubble when I cut off man from the face of the earth," declares the LORD.
4 "I will punish Judah and all the people living in Jerusalem. I will remove from this place all signs of Baal, the false priests, and the other priests. 4 "I will stretch out my hand against Judah and against all who live in Jerusalem. I will cut off from this place every remnant of Baal, the names of the pagan and the idolatrous priests--
5 I will destroy those who worship the stars from the roofs, and those who worship and make promises by both the Lord and the god Molech, 5 those who bow down on the roofs to worship the starry host, those who bow down and swear by the LORD and who also swear by Molech,
6 and those who turned away from the Lord, and those who quit following the Lord and praying to him for direction. 6 those who turn back from following the LORD and neither seek the LORD nor inquire of him.
7 Be silent before the Lord God, because the Lord's day for judging people is coming soon. The Lord has prepared a sacrifice; he has made holy his invited guests. 7 Be silent before the Sovereign LORD, for the day of the LORD is near. The LORD has prepared a sacrifice; he has consecrated those he has invited.
8 On the day of the Lord's sacrifice, I, the Lord, will punish the princes and the king's sons and all those who wear foreign clothes. 8 On the day of the LORD's sacrifice I will punish the princes and the king's sons and all those clad in foreign clothes.
9 On that day I will punish those who worship Dagon, those who hurt others and tell lies in the temples of their gods. 9 On that day I will punish all who avoid stepping on the threshold, who fill the temple of their gods with violence and deceit.
10 "On that day," says the Lord, "a cry will be heard at the Fish Gate. A wail will come from the new area of the city, and a loud crash will echo from the hills. 10 "On that day," declares the LORD, "a cry will go up from the Fish Gate, wailing from the New Quarter, and a loud crash from the hills.
11 Cry, you people living in the market area, because all the merchants will be dead; all the silver traders will be gone. 11 Wail, you who live in the market district; all your merchants will be wiped out, all who trade with silver will be ruined.
12 At that time I, the Lord, will search Jerusalem with lamps. I will punish those who are satisfied with themselves, who think, 'The Lord won't help us or punish us.' 12 At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps and punish those who are complacent, who are like wine left on its dregs, who think, 'The LORD will do nothing, either good or bad.'
13 Their wealth will be stolen and their houses destroyed. They may build houses, but they will not live in them. They may plant vineyards, but they will not drink any wine from them. 13 Their wealth will be plundered, their houses demolished. They will build houses but not live in them; they will plant vineyards but not drink the wine.
14 "The Lord's day of judging is coming soon; it is near and coming fast. The cry will be very sad on the day of the Lord; even soldiers will cry. 14 "The great day of the LORD is near-- near and coming quickly. Listen! The cry on the day of the LORD will be bitter, the shouting of the warrior there.
15 That day will be a day of anger, a day of terror and trouble, a day of destruction and ruin, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness, 15 That day will be a day of wrath, a day of distress and anguish, a day of trouble and ruin, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness,
16 a day of alarms and battle cries. 'Attack the strong, walled cities! Attack the corner towers!' 16 a day of trumpet and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the corner towers.
17 I will make life hard on the people; they will walk around like the blind, because they have sinned against the Lord. Their blood will be poured out like dust, and their insides will be dumped like trash. 17 I will bring distress on the people and they will walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD. Their blood will be poured out like dust and their entrails like filth.
18 On the day that God will show his anger, neither their silver nor gold will save them. that will burn up the whole world; suddenly he will bring an end, yes, an end to everyone on earth." 18 Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them on the day of the LORD's wrath. In the fire of his jealousy the whole world will be consumed, for he will make a sudden end of all who live in the earth."