1 The Word of Jehovah which came to Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of
Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, in the days of Josiah the son of
Amon, king of Judah.
2 I will gather up and make an end of all things from off the face of the land, declares
3 I will gather away man and beast: I will gather away the birds of the heavens and the
fish of the sea, and the stumbling-blocks, even the wicked. And I will cut off man from
the face of the land, declares Jehovah.
4 I will also stretch out My hand on Judah and on all the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And I
will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, the names of the idolatrous priests, with
5 and those who bow down to the host of the heavens on the housetops; and those who bow, swearing to Jehovah, but also swearing by Melech,
6 and those drawing back from following Jehovah, and who have not sought Jehovah,
nor inquired of Him.
7 Be silent in the presence of the Lord Jehovah, for the day of Jehovah is near. For
Jehovah has prepared a sacrifice; He has consecrated the ones He called.
8 And it shall come to pass in the day of the sacrifice of Jehovah, that I will punish the
rulers and the king's sons, and all those clothed in foreign apparel.
9 And I will punish all those who leap on the threshold in that day, who fill their
masters' houses with violence and deceit.
10 And it shall be in that day, declares Jehovah, the sound of a cry from the Fish Gate,
and a howling from the Second, and a loud crashing from the hills.
11 Howl, you inhabitants of Maktesh, for all the merchant people have perished; all
those who carry silver are cut off.
12 And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and
punish the men who are curdled in their dregs; who say in their heart, Jehovah will not
do good, nor will He do evil.
13 Therefore their goods shall become a booty, and their houses a desolation. They shall
also build houses, but not live in them. And they shall plant vineyards, but not drink their
14 The great day of Jehovah is near; it is near and hastens greatly, the sound of the day
of Jehovah. The mighty man shall cry out bitterly there.
15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of desolation and ruin,
a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness,
16 a day of the shofar and alarm against the fortified cities, and against the high towers.
17 And I will bring distress upon men, and they shall walk like the blind, because they
have sinned against Jehovah. And their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh
18 Their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of
Jehovah. But all the earth shall be devoured by the fire of His jealousy. For He shall
make a complete and speedy end of all those who live in the land.