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1:1 The word of the Lord that came to Zephaniah the son of Cushi, son of Gedaliah, son of Amariah, son of Hezekiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah.
The Coming Judgment on Judah2 “I will utterly sweep away everythingfrom the face of the earth,” declares the Lord.
3 “I will sweep away man and beast;I will sweep away the birds of the heavensand the fish of the sea,and the rubble with the wicked.I will cut off mankindfrom the face of the earth,” declares the Lord.
4 “I will stretch out my hand against Judahand against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem;and I will cut off from this place the remnant of Baaland the name of the idolatrous priests along with the priests,
5 those who bow down on the roofsto the host of the heavens,those who bow down and swear to the Lordand yet swear by Milcom,
6 those who have turned back from following the Lord,who do not seek the Lord or inquire of him.”
The Day of the Lord Is Near7 Be silent before the Lord God!For the day of the Lord is near;the Lord has prepared a sacrificeand consecrated his guests.
8 And on the day of the Lord’s sacrifice—“I will punish the officials and the king’s sonsand all who array themselves in foreign attire.
9 On that day I will punisheveryone who leaps over the threshold,and those who fill their master’s housewith violence and fraud.
10 “On that day,” declares the Lord,“a cry will be heard from the Fish Gate,a wail from the Second Quarter,a loud crash from the hills.
11 Wail, O inhabitants of the Mortar!For all the traders are no more;all who weigh out silver are cut off.
12 At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps,and I will punish the menwho are complacent,those who say in their hearts,‘The Lord will not do good,nor will he do ill.’
13 Their goods shall be plundered,and their houses laid waste.Though they build houses,they shall not inhabit them;though they plant vineyards,they shall not drink wine from them.”
14 The great day of the Lord is near,near and hastening fast;the sound of the day of the Lord is bitter;the mighty man cries aloud there.
15 A day of wrath is that day,a day of distress and anguish,a day of ruin and devastation,a day of darkness and gloom,a day of clouds and thick darkness,
16 a day of trumpet blast and battle cryagainst the fortified citiesand against the lofty battlements.
17 I will bring distress on mankind,so that they shall walk like the blind,because they have sinned against the Lord;their blood shall be poured out like dust,and their flesh like dung.
18 Neither their silver nor their goldshall be able to deliver themon the day of the wrath of the Lord.In the fire of his jealousy,all the earth shall be consumed;for a full and sudden endhe will make of all the inhabitants of the earth.
Judgment on Judah’s Enemies2:1 Gather together, yes, gather,O shameless nation,
2 before the decree takes effect—before the day passes away like chaff—before there comes upon youthe burning anger of the Lord,before there comes upon youthe day of the anger of the Lord.
3 Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land,who do his just commands;seek righteousness; seek humility;perhaps you may be hiddenon the day of the anger of the Lord.
4 For Gaza shall be deserted,and Ashkelon shall become a desolation;Ashdod’s people shall be driven out at noon,and Ekron shall be uprooted.
5 Woe to you inhabitants of the seacoast,you nation of the Cherethites!The word of the Lord is against you,O Canaan, land of the Philistines;and I will destroy you until no inhabitant is left.
6 And you, O seacoast, shall be pastures,with meadows for shepherdsand folds for flocks.
7 The seacoast shall become the possessionof the remnant of the house of Judah,on which they shall graze,and in the houses of Ashkelonthey shall lie down at evening.For the Lord their God will be mindful of themand restore their fortunes.
8 “I have heard the taunts of Moaband the revilings of the Ammonites,how they have taunted my peopleand made boasts against their territory.
9 Therefore, as I live,” declares the Lord of hosts,the God of Israel,“Moab shall become like Sodom,and the Ammonites like Gomorrah,a land possessed by nettles and salt pits,and a waste forever.The remnant of my people shall plunder them,and the survivors of my nation shall possess them.”
10 This shall be their lot in return for their pride,because they taunted and boastedagainst the people of the Lord of hosts.
11 The Lord will be awesome against them;for he will famish all the gods of the earth,and to him shall bow down,each in its place,all the lands of the nations.
12 You also, O Cushites,shall be slain by my sword.
13 And he will stretch out his hand against the northand destroy Assyria,and he will make Nineveh a desolation,a dry waste like the desert.
14 Herds shall lie down in her midst,all kinds of beasts;even the owl and the hedgehogshall lodge in her capitals;a voice shall hoot in the window;devastation will be on the threshold;for her cedar work will be laid bare.
15 This is the exultant citythat lived securely,that said in her heart,“I am, and there is no one else.”What a desolation she has become,a lair for wild beasts!Everyone who passes by herhisses and shakes his fist.
Judgment on Jerusalem and the Nations3:1 Woe to her who is rebellious and defiled,the oppressing city!
2 She listens to no voice;she accepts no correction.She does not trust in the Lord;she does not draw near to her God.
3 Her officials within herare roaring lions;her judges are evening wolvesthat leave nothing till the morning.
4 Her prophets are fickle, treacherous men;her priests profane what is holy;they do violence to the law.
5 The Lord within her is righteous;he does no injustice;every morning he shows forth his justice;each dawn he does not fail;but the unjust knows no shame.
6 “I have cut off nations;their battlements are in ruins;I have laid waste their streetsso that no one walks in them;their cities have been made desolate,without a man, without an inhabitant.
7 I said, ‘Surely you will fear me;you will accept correction.Then your dwelling would not be cut offaccording to all that I have appointed against you.’But all the more they were eagerto make all their deeds corrupt.
8 “Therefore wait for me,” declares the Lord,“for the day when I rise up to seize the prey.For my decision is to gather nations,to assemble kingdoms,to pour out upon them my indignation,all my burning anger;for in the fire of my jealousyall the earth shall be consumed.
The Conversion of the Nations9 “For at that time I will change the speech of the peoplesto a pure speech,that all of them may call upon the name of the Lordand serve him with one accord.
10 From beyond the rivers of Cushmy worshipers, the daughter of my dispersed ones,shall bring my offering.
11 “On that day you shall not be put to shamebecause of the deeds by which you have rebelled against me;for then I will remove from your midstyour proudly exultant ones,and you shall no longer be haughtyin my holy mountain.
12 But I will leave in your midsta people humble and lowly.They shall seek refuge in the name of the Lord,
13 those who are left in Israel;they shall do no injusticeand speak no lies,nor shall there be found in their moutha deceitful tongue.For they shall graze and lie down,and none shall make them afraid.”
Israel’s Joy and Restoration14 Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion;shout, O Israel!Rejoice and exult with all your heart,O daughter of Jerusalem!
15 The Lord has taken away the judgments against you;he has cleared away your enemies.The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst;you shall never again fear evil.
16 On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:“Fear not, O Zion;let not your hands grow weak.
17 The Lord your God is in your midst,a mighty one who will save;he will rejoice over you with gladness;he will quiet you by his love;he will exult over you with loud singing.
18 I will gather those of you who mourn for the festival,so that you will no longer suffer reproach.
19 Behold, at that time I will dealwith all your oppressors.And I will save the lameand gather the outcast,and I will change their shame into praiseand renown in all the earth.
20 At that time I will bring you in,at the time when I gather you together;for I will make you renowned and praisedamong all the peoples of the earth,when I restore your fortunesbefore your eyes,” says the Lord.
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17:1 Better is a dry morsel with quietthan a house full of feasting with strife.
2 A servant who deals wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefullyand will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.
3 The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,and the Lord tests hearts.
4 An evildoer listens to wicked lips,and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.
5 Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker;he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.
6 Grandchildren are the crown of the aged,and the glory of children is their fathers.
7 Fine speech is not becoming to a fool;still less is false speech to a prince.
8 A bribe is like a magic stone in the eyes of the one who gives it;wherever he turns he prospers.
9 Whoever covers an offense seeks love,but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.
10 A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understandingthan a hundred blows into a fool.
11 An evil man seeks only rebellion,and a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
12 Let a man meet a she-bear robbed of her cubsrather than a fool in his folly.
13 If anyone returns evil for good,evil will not depart from his house.
14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water,so quit before the quarrel breaks out.
15 He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteousare both alike an abomination to the Lord.
16 Why should a fool have money in his hand to buy wisdomwhen he has no sense?
17 A friend loves at all times,and a brother is born for adversity.
18 One who lacks sense gives a pledgeand puts up security in the presence of his neighbor.
19 Whoever loves transgression loves strife;he who makes his door high seeks destruction.
20 A man of crooked heart does not discover good,and one with a dishonest tongue falls into calamity.
21 He who sires a fool gets himself sorrow,and the father of a fool has no joy.
22 A joyful heart is good medicine,but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
23 The wicked accepts a bribe in secretto pervert the ways of justice.
24 The discerning sets his face toward wisdom,but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
25 A foolish son is a grief to his fatherand bitterness to her who bore him.
26 To impose a fine on a righteous man is not good,nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.
27 Whoever restrains his words has knowledge,and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
28 Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise;when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.
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The Seven Bowls of God’s Wrath 16:1 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple telling the seven angels, “Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God.”
2 So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth, and harmful and painful sores came upon the people who bore the mark of the beast and worshiped its image.
3 The second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became like the blood of a corpse, and every living thing died that was in the sea.
4 The third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of water, and they became blood.
5 And I heard the angel in charge of the waters say,“Just are you, O Holy One, who is and who was,for you brought these judgments.
6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets,and you have given them blood to drink.It is what they deserve!”
7 And I heard the altar saying,“Yes, Lord God the Almighty,true and just are your judgments!”
8 The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was allowed to scorch people with fire.
9 They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory.
10 The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in anguish
11 and cursed the God of heaven for their pain and sores. They did not repent of their deeds.
12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, to prepare the way for the kings from the east.
13 And I saw, coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs.
14 For they are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty.
15 (“Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!”)
16 And they assembled them at the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.
The Seventh Bowl17 The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple, from the throne, saying, “It is done!”
18 And there were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, and a great earthquake such as there had never been since man was on the earth, so great was that earthquake.
19 The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell, and God remembered Babylon the great, to make her drain the cup of the wine of the fury of his wrath.
20 And every island fled away, and no mountains were to be found.
21 And great hailstones, about one hundred pounds each, fell from heaven on people; and they cursed God for the plague of the hail, because the plague was so severe.
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