Zephaniah 1

Chapter 1

1:4  I will also stretch out mine hand upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarims with the priests;


i.e. idolatrous priests. Cf. 2 Kings 23:5 .

1:5  And them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship and that swear by the LORD, and that swear by Malcham;


An idol of the Ammonites, same as Molech, or Milcom.

1:7  Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord GOD: for the day of the LORD is at hand: for the LORD hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests.

for the day of the Lord

As in the other Prophets, the approaching invasion of Nebuchadnezzar is treated as an adumbration of the true day of the Lord in which all earth-judgments will culminate, to be followed by the restoration and blessing of Israel and the nations in the kingdom. See "Day of the Lord" Isaiah 2:10-22 ; Revelation 19:11-21 "Israel" ; Genesis 12:2 Genesis 12:3 ; Romans 11:26 . CF. Joel 1.,2.

1:11  Howl, ye inhabitants of Maktesh, for all the merchant people are cut down; all they that bear silver are cut off.


Lit. The Mortar, a depression in Jerusalem where the bazaars were.