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1The word of the Lord which came to Zephaniʹah the son of Cushi, son of Gedaliʹah, son of Amariʹah, son of Hezekiʹah, in the days of Josiʹah the son of Amon, king of Judah.

2“I will utterly sweep away everything

from the face of the earth,” says the Lord.

3“I will sweep away man and beast;

I will sweep away the birds of the air

and the fish of the sea.

I will overthrow the wicked;

I will cut off mankind

from the face of the earth,” says the Lord.

4“I will stretch out my hand against Judah,

and against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem;

and I will cut off from this place the remnant of Baʹal

and the name of the idolatrous priests;

5those who bow down on the roofs

to the host of the heavens;

those who bow down and swear to the Lord

and yet swear by Milcom;

6those who have turned back from following the Lord,

who do not seek the Lord or inquire of him.”

7Be silent before the Lord God!

For the day of the Lord is at hand;

the Lord has prepared a sacrifice

and consecrated his guests.

8And on the day of the Lord’s sacrifice—

“I will punish the officials and the king’s sons

and all who array themselves in foreign attire.

9On that day I will punish

every one who leaps over the threshold,

and those who fill their master’s house

with violence and fraud.”

10“On that day,” says the Lord,

“a cry will be heard from the Fish Gate,

a wail from the Second Quarter,

a loud crash from the hills.

11Wail, O inhabitants of the Mortar!

For all the traders are no more;

all who weigh out silver are cut off.

12At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps,

and I will punish the men

who are thickening upon their lees,

those who say in their hearts,

‘The Lord will not do good,

nor will he do ill.’

13Their 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.”

14The 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.

15A 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,

16a day of trumpet blast and battle cry

against the fortified cities

and against the lofty battlements.

17I will bring distress on men,

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.

18Neither their silver nor their gold

shall be able to deliver them

on the day of the wrath of the Lord.

In the fire of his jealous wrath,

all the earth shall be consumed;

for a full, yea, sudden end

he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth.

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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