Zephaniah 1:6

6 those who turn back from following the LORDand neither seek the LORD nor inquire of him.”

Zephaniah 1:6 in Other Translations

6 And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have not sought the LORD, nor enquired for him.
6 those who have turned back from following the LORD, who do not seek the LORD or inquire of him."
6 And I will destroy those who used to worship me but now no longer do. They no longer ask for the LORD ’s guidance or seek my blessings.”
6 Not to mention those who've dumped God altogether, no longer giving him a thought or offering a prayer.
6 and those who turn back from following the Lord, who do not seek the Lord or inquire of Him.

Zephaniah 1:6 Meaning and Commentary

Zephaniah 1:6

And them that are turned back from the Lord
Who once were worshippers of him, but now become apostates, and had turned their backs on him and his worship. Some think this describes those who renewed their covenant with God in Josiah's time, and after that revolted from him, who must be very abominable to him; and therefore he threatens to stretch out his hand, and pour out his wrath upon them: and [those] that have not sought the Lord, nor inquired for him;
profane abandoned sinners, that lived without God in the world, and as if there was no God; never concerned themselves about the worship of him, having no faith in him, love to him, or fear and reverence of him; so far were they from seeking him in the first place diligently, zealously, and with their whole heart, that they never sought him at all; nor took any pains to get any knowledge of him, or of his mind and will, and manner of worship; but were altogether careless about these things, and unconcerned for them.

Zephaniah 1:6 In-Context

4 “I will stretch out my hand against Judah and against all who live in Jerusalem. I will destroy every remnant of Baal worship in this place, the very names of the idolatrous priests—
5 those who bow down on the roofs to worship the starry host, those who bow down and swear by the LORDand who also swear by Molek,
6 those who turn back from following the LORDand neither seek the LORD nor inquire of him.”
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 will punish the officials and the king’s sons and all those clad in foreign clothes.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Isaiah 1:4; Jeremiah 2:13
  • 2. S Isaiah 9:13
  • 3. S Hosea 7:7
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