1:1 The word of the LORD which came to Zephaniah the son of
Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of
Hizkiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah.
1:2 I will utterly consume all [things] from off the land, saith
1:3 I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of
the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumbling-blocks
with the wicked; and I will cut off man from off the land,
saith the LORD.
1:4 I will also stretch out my 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
1:5 And them that worship the host of heaven upon the
house-tops; and them that worship [and] that swear by the LORD,
and that swear by Malcham;
1:6 And them that have turned back from the LORD; and [those]
that have not sought the LORD, nor inquired for him.
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 invited his guests.
1:8 And it shall come to pass in the day of the LORD'S
sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king's
children, and all such as are clothed with foreign apparel.
1:9 In the same day also will I punish all those that leap on
the threshhold, who fill their masters' houses with violence
1:10 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD,
[that there shall be] the noise of a cry from the fish-gate,
and a howling from the second, and a great crashing from the
1:11 Howl, ye inhabitants of Maktesh, for all the merchant
people are cut down; all they that bear silver are cut off.
1:12 And it shall come to pass at that time, [that] I will
search Jerusalem with candles, and punish the men that are
settled on their lees: that say in their heart, The LORD will
not do good, neither will he do evil.
1:13 Therefore their goods shall become a booty, and their
houses a desolation: they shall also build houses, but not
inhabit [them]; and they shall plant vineyards, but not drink
the wine of them.
1:14 The great day of the LORD [is] near, [it is] near, and
hasteth greatly, [even] the voice of the day of the LORD: the
mighty man shall cry there bitterly.
1:15 That day [is] a day of wrath, a day of trouble and
distress, a day of wasting and desolation, a day of darkness
and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,
1:16 A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fortified
cities, and against the high towers.
1:17 And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk
like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and
their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the
1:18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to
deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land
shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he will make
even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.