ZEP 01:01  The word of the LORD which came unto 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.

       ZEP 01:02  I will utterly consume all [things] from off the

land, saith the LORD.

       ZEP 01:03  I will consume man and beast; I will consume the

fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the

stumblingblocks with the wicked; and I will cut off man from off

the land, saith the LORD.

       ZEP 01:04  I will also stretch out mine 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 priests;

       ZEP 01:05  And them that worship the host of heaven upon the

housetops; and them that worship [and] that swear by the LORD,

and that swear by Malcham;

       ZEP 01:06  And them that are turned back from the LORD; and

[those] that have not sought the LORD, nor inquired for him.

       ZEP 01:07  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 bid his guests.

       ZEP 01:08  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 strange apparel.

       ZEP 01:09  In the same day also will I punish all those that

leap on the threshold, which fill their masters' houses with

violence and deceit.

       ZEP 01:10  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 an howling from the second, and a great crashing from

the hills.

       ZEP 01:11  Howl, ye inhabitants of Maktesh, for all the

merchant people are cut down; all they that bear silver are cut


       ZEP 01:12  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.

       ZEP 01:13  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 thereof.

       ZEP 01:14  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.

       ZEP 01:15  That day [is] a day of wrath, a day of trouble and

distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness

and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,

       ZEP 01:16  A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced

cities, and against the high towers.

       ZEP 01:17  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 dung.

       ZEP 01:18  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 shall make

even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

       ZEP 02:01  Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O

nation not desired;

       ZEP 02:02  Before the decree bring forth, [before] the day pass

as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you,

before the day of the LORD'S anger come upon you.

       ZEP 02:03  Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which

have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it

may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD'S anger.

       ZEP 02:04  For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a

desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and

Ekron shall be rooted up.

       ZEP 02:05  Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, the

nation of the Cherethites! the word of the LORD [is] against you;

 O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee,

 that there shall be no inhabitant.

       ZEP 02:06  And the sea coast shall be dwellings [and] cottages

for shepherds, and folds for flocks.

       ZEP 02:07  And the coast shall be for the remnant of the house

of Judah; they shall feed thereupon: in the houses of Ashkelon

shall they lie down in the evening: for the LORD their God shall

visit them, and turn away their captivity.

       ZEP 02:08  I have heard the reproach of Moab, and the revilings

of the children of Ammon, whereby they have reproached my people,

 and magnified [themselves] against their border.

       ZEP 02:09  Therefore [as] I live, saith the LORD of hosts, the

God of Israel, Surely Moab shall be as Sodom, and the children

of Ammon as Gomorrah, [even] the breeding of nettles, and

saltpits, and a perpetual desolation: the residue of my people

shall spoil them, and the remnant of my people shall possess


       ZEP 02:10  This shall they have for their pride, because they

have reproached and magnified [themselves] against the people of

the LORD of hosts.

       ZEP 02:11  The LORD [will be] terrible unto them: for he will

famish all the gods of the earth; and [men] shall worship him,

every one from his place, [even] all the isles of the heathen.

       ZEP 02:12  Ye Ethiopians also, ye [shall be] slain by my sword.

       ZEP 02:13  And he will stretch out his hand against the north,

and destroy Assyria; and will make Nineveh a desolation, [and]

dry like a wilderness.

       ZEP 02:14  And flocks shall lie down in the midst of her, all

the beasts of the nations: both the cormorant and the bittern

shall lodge in the upper lintels of it; [their] voice shall sing

in the windows; desolation [shall be] in the thresholds: for he

shall uncover the cedar work.

       ZEP 02:15  This [is] the rejoicing city that dwelt carelessly,

that said in her heart, I [am], and [there is] none beside me:

how is she become a desolation, a place for beasts to lie down

in! every one that passeth by her shall hiss, [and] wag his hand.

       ZEP 03:01  Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the

oppressing city!

       ZEP 03:02  She obeyed not the voice; she received not

correction; she trusted not in the LORD; she drew not near to

her God.

       ZEP 03:03  Her princes within her [are] roaring lions; her

judges [are] evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the


       ZEP 03:04  Her prophets [are] light [and] treacherous persons:

her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence

to the law.

       ZEP 03:05  The just LORD [is] in the midst thereof; he will not

do iniquity: every morning doth he bring his judgment to light,

he faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no shame.

       ZEP 03:06  I have cut off the nations: their towers are

desolate; I made their streets waste, that none passeth by:

their cities are destroyed, so that there is no man, that there

is none inhabitant.

       ZEP 03:07  I said, Surely thou wilt fear me, thou wilt receive

instruction; so their dwelling should not be cut off, howsoever

I punished them: but they rose early, [and] corrupted all their


       ZEP 03:08  Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the

day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination [is] to

gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour

upon them mine indignation, [even] all my fierce anger: for all

the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.

       ZEP 03:09  For then will I turn to the people a pure language,

that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him

with one consent.

       ZEP 03:10  From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants,

[even] the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering.

       ZEP 03:11  In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy

doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against me: for then I

will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy

pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty because of my holy


       ZEP 03:12  I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted

and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the LORD.

       ZEP 03:13  The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor

speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their

mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make

[them] afraid.

       ZEP 03:14  Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad

and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.

       ZEP 03:15  The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast

out thine enemy: the king of Israel, [even] the LORD, [is] in

the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more.

       ZEP 03:16  In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou

not: [and to] Zion, Let not thine hands be slack.

       ZEP 03:17  The LORD thy God in the midst of thee [is] mighty;

he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest

in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

       ZEP 03:18  I will gather [them that are] sorrowful for the

solemn assembly, [who] are of thee, [to whom] the reproach of it

[was] a burden.

       ZEP 03:19  Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict

thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was

driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land

where they have been put to shame.

       ZEP 03:20  At that time will I bring you [again], even in the

time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise

among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity

before your eyes, saith the LORD.