Zephaniah 1


 1. The word <1697 dabar > of the LORD <3068 Y@hovah > which <0834 >aher > came <1961 hayah > unto Zephaniah <6846 Ts@phanyah > the son <1121 ben > of Cushi <3569 Kuwshiy >, the son <1121 ben > of Gedaliah <1436 G@dalyah >, the son <1121 ben > of Amariah <0568 >Amaryah >, the son <1121 ben > of Hizkiah <2396 Chizqiyah >, in the days <3117 yowm > of Josiah <2977 Yo>shiyah > the son <1121 ben > of Amon <0526 >Amown >, king <4428 melek > of Judah <3063 Y@huwdah >.


 2 I will utterly consume <5486 cuwph > all <3605 kol > [things] from off the land <0127 >adamah >, saith <5002 n@>um > the LORD <3068 Y@hovah >.


 3 I will consume <5486 cuwph > man <0120 >adam > and beast <0929 b@hemah >; I will consume <5486 cuwph > the fowls <5775 <owph > of the heaven <8064 shamayim >, and the fishes <1709 dag > of the sea <3220 yam >, and the stumblingblocks <4384 makshelah > with the wicked; and I will cut <3772 karath > off man <0120 >adam > from off the land <0127 >adamah >, saith <5002 n@>um > the LORD <3068 Y@hovah >.


 4 I will also stretch <5186 natah > out mine hand <3027 yad > upon Judah <3063 Y@huwdah >, and upon all <3605 kol > the inhabitants <3427 yashab > of Jerusalem <3389 Y@ruwshalaim >; and I will cut <3772 karath > off the remnant <7605 sh@>ar > of Baal <1168 Ba<al > from this place <4725 maqowm >, [and] the name <8034 shem > of the Chemarims <3649 kamar > with the priests <3548 kohen >;


 5 And them that worship <7812 shachah > the host <6635 tsaba> > of heaven <8064 shamayim > upon the housetops <1406 gag >; and them that worship <7812 shachah > [and] that swear <7650 shaba< > by the LORD <3068 Y@hovah >, and that swear <7650 shaba< > by Malcham <4445 Malkam >;


 6 And them that are turned <5472 cuwg > back <5253 nacag > from the LORD <3068 Y@hovah >; and [those] that have not sought <1245 baqash > the LORD <3068 Y@hovah >, nor <3808 lo> > enquired <1875 darash > for him.


 7. Hold thy peace <2013 hacah > at the presence <6440 paniym > of the Lord <0136 >Adonay > GOD <3069 Y@hovih >: for the day <3117 yowm > of the LORD <3068 Y@hovah > [is] at hand <7138 qarowb >: for the LORD <3068 Y@hovah > hath prepared <3559 kuwn > a sacrifice <2077 zebach >, he hath bid <6942 qadash > his guests <7121 qara> >.


 8 And it shall come <1961 hayah > to pass in the day <3117 yowm > of the LORD'S <3068 Y@hovah > sacrifice <2077 zebach >, that I will punish <6485 paqad > the princes <8269 sar >, and the king's <4428 melek > children <1121 ben >, and all <3605 kol > such as are clothed <3847 labash > with strange <5237 nokriy > apparel <4403 malbuwsh >.


 9 In the same <1931 huw> > day <3117 yowm > also will I punish <6485 paqad > all <3605 kol > those that leap <1801 dalag > on <5921 <al > the threshold <4670 miphtan >, which fill <4390 male> > their masters <0113 >adown >' houses <1004 bayith > with violence <2555 chamac > and deceit <4820 mirmah >.



 10 And it shall come <1961 hayah > to pass in that day <3117 yowm >, saith <5002 n@>um > the LORD <3068 Y@hovah >, [that there shall be] the noise <6963 qowl > of a cry <6818 tsa<aqah > from the fish <1709 dag > gate <8179 sha<ar >, and an howling <3213 yalal > from the second <4932 mishneh >, and a great <1419 gadowl > crashing <7667 sheber > from the hills <1389 gib<ah >.


 11 Howl <3213 yalal >, ye inhabitants <3427 yashab > of Maktesh <4389 Maktesh >, for all <3605 kol > the merchant <3667 K@na<an > people <5971 <am > are cut <1820 damah > down; all <3605 kol > they that bear <5187 n@tiyl > silver <3701 keceph > are cut <3772 karath > off.


 12 And it shall come <1961 hayah > to pass at that time <6256 <eth >, [that] I will search <2664 chaphas > Jerusalem <3389 Y@ruwshalaim > with candles <5216 niyr >, and punish <6485 paqad > the men <0582 >enowsh > that are settled <7087 qapha> > on <5921 <al > their lees <8105 shemer >: that say <0559 >amar > in their heart <3824 lebab >, The LORD <3068 Y@hovah > will not do good <3190 yatab >, neither <3808 lo> > will he do evil <7489 ra<a< >.


 13 Therefore their goods <2428 chayil > shall become <1961 hayah > a booty <4953 mashrowqiy >, and their houses <1004 bayith > a desolation <8047 shammah >: they shall also build <1129 banah > houses <1004 bayith >, but not inhabit <3427 yashab > [them]; and they shall plant <5193 nata< > vineyards <3754 kerem >, but not drink <8354 shathah > the wine <3196 yayin > thereof.



 14. The great <1419 gadowl > day <3117 yowm > of the LORD <3068 Y@hovah > [is] near <7138 qarowb >, [it is] near <7138 qarowb >, and hasteth <4116 mahar > greatly <3966 m@<od >, [even] the voice <6963 qowl > of the day <3117 yowm > of the LORD <3068 Y@hovah >: the mighty <1368 gibbowr > man shall cry <6873 tsarach > there <8033 sham > bitterly <4751 mar >.


 15 That day <3117 yowm > [is] a day <3117 yowm > of wrath <5678 <ebrah >, a day <3117 yowm > of trouble <6869 tsarah > and distress <4691 m@tsuwqah >, a day <3117 yowm > of wasteness <7722 show> > and desolation <4875 m@show>ah >, a day <3117 yowm > of darkness <2822 choshek > and gloominess <0653 >aphelah >, a day <3117 yowm > of clouds <6051 <anan > and thick darkness <6205 <araphel >,


 16 A day <3117 yowm > of the trumpet <7782 showphar > and alarm <8643 t@ruw<ah > against <5921 <al > the fenced <1219 batsar > cities <5892 <iyr >, and against <5921 <al > the high <1364 gaboahh > towers <6438 pinnah >.


 17 And I will bring distress <6887 tsarar > upon men <0120 >adam >, that they shall walk <1980 halak > like blind <5787 <ivver > men, because <3588 kiy > they have sinned <2398 chata> > against the LORD <3068 Y@hovah >: and their blood <1818 dam > shall be poured <8210 shaphak > out as dust <6083 <aphar >, and their flesh <3894 lachuwm > as the dung <1561 gelel >.


 18 Neither <3808 lo> > their silver <3701 keceph > nor <1571 gam > their gold <2091 zahab > shall be able <3201 yakol > to deliver <5337 natsal > them in the day <3117 yowm > of the LORD'S <3068 Y@hovah > wrath <5678 <ebrah >; but the whole <3605 kol > land <0776 >erets > shall be devoured <0398 >akal > by the fire <0784 >esh > of his jealousy <7068 qin>ah >: for he shall make <6213 <asah > even a speedy <0926 bahal > riddance <3617 kalah > of all <3605 kol > them that dwell <3427 yashab > in the land <0776 >erets >.


Zephaniah 2


 1. Gather <7197 qashash > yourselves together, yea, gather <7197 qashash > together, O nation <1471 gowy > not desired <3700 kacaph >;


 2 Before <6440 paniym > the decree <2706 choq > bring <3205 yalad > forth <3205 yalad >, [before <6440 paniym >] the day <3117 yowm > pass <5674 <abar > as the chaff <4671 mots >, before <6440 paniym > the fierce <2740 charown > anger <0639 >aph > of the LORD <3068 Y@hovah > come <0935 bow> > upon you, before <6440 paniym > the day <3117 yowm > of the LORD'S <3068 Y@hovah > anger <0639 >aph > come <0935 bow> > upon you.


 3 Seek <1245 baqash > ye the LORD <3068 Y@hovah >, all <3605 kol > ye meek <6035 <anav > of the earth <0776 >erets >, which <0834 >aher > have wrought <6466 pa<al > his judgment <4941 mishpat >; seek <1245 baqash > righteousness <6664 tsedeq >, seek <1245 baqash > meekness <6038 <anavah >: it may <0194 >uwlay > be ye shall be hid <5641 cathar > in the day <3117 yowm > of the LORD'S <3068 Y@hovah > anger <0639 >aph >.


 4. For Gaza <5804 <Azzah > shall be forsaken <5800 <azab >, and Ashkelon <0831 >Ashq@lown > a desolation <8077 sh@mamah >: they shall drive <1644 garash > out Ashdod <0795 >Ashdowd > at the noon <6672 tsohar > day, and Ekron <6138 <Eqrown > shall be rooted <6131 <aqar > up.


 5 Woe <1945 howy > unto the inhabitants <3427 yashab > of the sea <3220 yam > coast <2256 chebel >, the nation <1471 gowy > of the Cherethites <3774 K@rethiy >! the word <1697 dabar > of the LORD <3068 Y@hovah > [is] against <5921 <al > you; O Canaan <3667 K@na<an >, the land <0776 >erets > of the Philistines <6430 P@lishtiy >, I will even destroy <6> thee, that there shall be no <0369 >ayin > inhabitant <3427 yashab >.


 6 And the sea <3220 yam > coast <2256 chebel > shall be dwellings <5116 naveh > [and] cottages <3741 karah > for shepherds <7462 ra<ah >, and folds <1448 g@derah > for flocks <6629 tso>n >.


 7 And the coast <2256 chebel > shall be for the remnant <7611 sh@>eriyth > of the house <1004 bayith > of Judah <3063 Y@huwdah >; they shall feed <7462 ra<ah > thereupon: in the houses <1004 bayith > of Ashkelon <0831 >Ashq@lown > shall they lie <7257 rabats > down <7257 rabats > in the evening <6153 <ereb >: for the LORD <3068 Y@hovah > their God <0430 >elohiym > shall visit <6485 paqad > them, and turn <7725 shuwb > away their captivity <7622 sh@buwth >.


 8. I have heard <8085 shama< > the reproach <2781 cherpah > of Moab <4124 Mow>ab >, and the revilings <1421 gidduwph > of the children <1121 ben > of Ammon <5983 <Ammown >, whereby <0834 >aher > they have reproached <2778 charaph. > my people <5971 <am >, and magnified <1431 gadal > [themselves] against <5921 <al > their border <1366 g@buwl >.


 9 Therefore <3651 ken > [as] I live <2416 chay >, saith <5002 n@>um > the LORD <3068 Y@hovah > of hosts <6635 tsaba> >, the God <0430 >elohiym > of Israel <3478 Yisra>el >, Surely <3588 kiy > Moab <4124 Mow>ab > shall be as Sodom <5467 C@dom >, and the children <1121 ben > of Ammon <5983 <Ammown > as Gomorrah <6017 <Amorah >, [even] the breeding <4476 mimshaq > of nettles <2738 charuwl >, and saltpits <4417 melach >, and a perpetual <5769 <owlam > desolation <8077 sh@mamah >: the residue <7611 sh@>eriyth > of my people <5971 <am > shall spoil <7998 shalal > them, and the remnant <3499 yether > of my people <1471 gowy > shall possess <5157 nachal > them.


 10 This <2063 zo>th > shall they have for their pride <1347 ga>own >, because <3588 kiy > they have reproached <2778 charaph. > and magnified <1431 gadal > [themselves] against <5921 <al > the people <5971 <am > of the LORD <3068 Y@hovah > of hosts <6635 tsaba> >.


 11 The LORD <3068 Y@hovah > [will be] terrible <3372 yare> > unto them: for he will famish <7329 razah > all <3605 kol > the gods <0430 >elohiym > of the earth <0776 >erets >; and [men] shall worship <7812 shachah > him, every <0376 >iysh > one <0376 >iysh > from his place <4725 maqowm >, [even] all <3605 kol > the isles <0339 >iy > of the heathen <1471 gowy >.


 12. Ye Ethiopians <3569 Kuwshiy > also <1571 gam >, ye [shall be] slain <2491 chalal > by my sword <2719 chereb >.


 13 And he will stretch <5186 natah > out his hand <3027 yad > against <5921 <al > the north <6828 tsaphown >, and destroy <6> Assyria <0804 >Ashshuwr >; and will make <7760 suwm > Nineveh <5210 Niyn@veh > a desolation <8077 sh@mamah >, [and] dry <6723 tsiyah > like a wilderness <4057 midbar >.


 14 And flocks <5739 <eder > shall lie <7257 rabats > down <7257 rabats > in the midst <8432 tavek > of her, all <3605 kol > the beasts <2416 chay > of the nations <1471 gowy >: both <1571 gam > the cormorant <6893 qa>ath > and the bittern <7090 qippowd > shall lodge <3885 luwn > in the upper <3730 kaphtor > lintels <3730 kaphtor > of it; [their] voice <6963 qowl > shall sing <7891 shiyr > in the windows <2474 challown >; desolation <2721 choreb > [shall be] in the thresholds <5592 caph >: for he shall uncover <6168 <arah > the cedar <0731 >arzah > work <0731 >arzah >.


 15 This <2063 zo>th > [is] the rejoicing <5947 <alliyz > city <5892 <iyr > that dwelt <3427 yashab > carelessly <0983 betach >, that said <0559 >amar > in her heart <3824 lebab >, I [am], and [there is] none <0657 >ephec > beside <0657 >ephec > me: how <0349 >eyk > is she become <1961 hayah > a desolation <8047 shammah >, a place for beasts <2416 chay > to lie <4769 marbets > down <4769 marbets > in! every <3605 kol > one that passeth <5674 <abar > by her shall hiss <8319 sharaq >, [and] wag <5128 nuwa< > his hand <3027 yad >.


Zephaniah 3


 1. Woe <1945 howy > to her that is filthy <4754 mara> > and polluted <1351 ga>al >, to the oppressing <3238 yanah > city <5892 <iyr >!


 2 She obeyed <8085 shama< > not the voice <6963 qowl >; she received <3947 laqach > not correction <4148 muwcar >; she trusted <0982 batach > not in the LORD <3068 Y@hovah >; she drew not near <7126 qarab > to her God <0430 >elohiym >.


 3 Her princes <8269 sar > within <7130 qereb > her [are] roaring lions <0738 >ariy >; her judges <8199 shaphat > [are] evening <6153 <ereb > wolves <2061 z@>eb >; they gnaw <1633 garam > not the bones <1633 garam > till the morrow <1242 boqer >.


 4 Her prophets <5030 nabiy> > [are] light <6348 pachaz > [and] treacherous <0900 bog@dowth > persons <0582 >enowsh >: her priests <3548 kohen > have polluted <2490 chalal > the sanctuary <6944 qodesh >, they have done violence <2554 chamac > to the law <8451 towrah >.


 5 The just <6662 tsaddiyq > LORD <3068 Y@hovah > [is] in the midst <7130 qereb > thereof; he will not do <6213 <asah > iniquity <5766 <evel >: every morning <1242 boqer > doth he bring <5414 nathan > his judgment <4941 mishpat > to light <0216 >owr >, he faileth <5737 <adar > not; but the unjust <5767 <avval > knoweth <3045 yada< > no <3808 lo> > shame <1322 bosheth >.


 6 I have cut <3772 karath > off the nations <1471 gowy >: their towers <6438 pinnah > are desolate <8074 shamem >; I made their streets <2351 chuwts > waste <2717 charab >, that none <1097 b@liy > passeth <5674 <abar > by: their cities <5892 <iyr > are destroyed <6658 tsadah >, so that there is no <1097 b@liy > man <0376 >iysh >, that there is none <0369 >ayin > inhabitant <3427 yashab >.


 7 I said <0559 >amar >, Surely thou wilt fear <3372 yare> > me, thou wilt receive <3947 laqach > instruction <4148 muwcar >; so their dwelling <4583 ma<own > should not be cut <3772 karath > off, howsoever I punished <6485 paqad > them: but they rose <7925 shakam > early <7925 shakam >, [and] corrupted <7843 shachath > all <3605 kol > their doings <5949 <aliylah >.


 8. Therefore <3651 ken > wait <2442 chakah > ye upon me, saith <5002 n@>um > the LORD <3068 Y@hovah >, until the day <3117 yowm > that I rise <6965 quwm > up to the prey <5706 <ad >: for my determination <4941 mishpat > [is] to gather <0622 >acaph > the nations <1471 gowy >, that I may assemble <6908 qabats > the kingdoms <4467 mamlakah >, to pour <8210 shaphak > upon them mine indignation <2195 za<am >, [even] all <3605 kol > my fierce <2740 charown > anger <0639 >aph >: for all <3605 kol > the earth <0776 >erets > shall be devoured <0398 >akal > with the fire <0784 >esh > of my jealousy <7068 qin>ah >.


 9 For then <0227 >az > will I turn <2015 haphak > to the people <5971 <am > a pure <1305 barar > language <8193 saphah >, that they may all <3605 kol > call <7121 qara> > upon the name <8034 shem > of the LORD <3068 Y@hovah >, to serve <5647 <abad > him with one <0259 >echad > consent <7926 sh@kem >.


 10 From beyond <5676 <eber > the rivers <5104 nahar > of Ethiopia <3568 Kuwsh > my suppliants <6282 <athar >, [even] the daughter <1323 bath > of my dispersed <6327 puwts >, shall bring <2986 yabal > mine offering <4503 minchah >.


 11 In that day <3117 yowm > shalt thou not be ashamed <0954 buwsh > for all <3605 kol > thy doings <5949 <aliylah >, wherein <0834 >aher > thou hast transgressed <6586 pasha< > against me: for then <0227 >az > I will take <5493 cuwr > away <5493 cuwr > out of the midst <7130 qereb > of thee them that rejoice <5947 <alliyz > in thy pride <1346 ga<avah >, and thou shalt no <3808 lo> > more be haughty <1361 gabahh > because of my holy <6944 qodesh > mountain <2022 har >.


 12 I will also leave <7604 sha>ar > in the midst <7130 qereb > of thee an afflicted <6041 <aniy > and poor <1800 dal > people <5971 <am >, and they shall trust <2620 chacah > in the name <8034 shem > of the LORD <3068 Y@hovah >.


 13 The remnant <7611 sh@>eriyth > of Israel <3478 Yisra>el > shall not do <6213 <asah > iniquity <5766 <evel >, nor <3808 lo> > speak <1696 dabar > lies <3576 kazab >; neither <3808 lo> > shall a deceitful <8649 tormah > tongue <3956 lashown > be found <4672 matsa> > in their mouth <6310 peh >: for they shall feed <7462 ra<ah > and lie <7257 rabats > down <4769 marbets >, and none <0369 >ayin > shall make [them] afraid <2729 charad >.


 14. Sing <7442 ranan >, O daughter <1323 bath > of Zion <6726 Tsiyown >; shout <7321 ruwa< >, O Israel <3478 Yisra>el >; be glad <8056 sameach > and rejoice <5937 <alaz > with all <3605 kol > the heart <3820 leb >, O daughter <1323 bath > of Jerusalem <3389 Y@ruwshalaim >.


 15 The LORD <3068 Y@hovah > hath taken <5493 cuwr > away <5493 cuwr > thy judgments <4941 mishpat >, he hath cast <6437 panah > out thine enemy <0341 >oyeb >: the king <4428 melek > of Israel <3478 Yisra>el >, [even] the LORD <3068 Y@hovah >, [is] in the midst <7130 qereb > of thee: thou shalt not see <7200 ra>ah > evil <7451 ra< > any more <5750 <owd >.


 16 In that day <3117 yowm > it shall be said <0559 >amar > to Jerusalem <3389 Y@ruwshalaim >, Fear <3372 yare> > thou not: [and to] Zion <6726 Tsiyown >, Let not thine hands <3027 yad > be slack <7503 raphah >.


 17 The LORD <3068 Y@hovah > thy God <0430 >elohiym > in the midst <7130 qereb > of thee [is] mighty <1368 gibbowr >; he will save <3467 yasha< >, he will rejoice <7797 suws > over <5921 <al > thee with joy <8057 simchah >; he will rest <2790 charash > in his love <0160 >ahabah >, he will joy <1523 giyl > over <5921 <al > thee with singing <7440 rinnah >.


 18 I will gather <0622 >acaph > [them that are] sorrowful <3013 yagah > for the solemn <4150 mow<ed > assembly <4150 mow<ed >, [who] are of thee, [to whom <5921 <al >] the reproach <2781 cherpah > of it [was] a burden <4864 mas>eth >.


 19 Behold <2005 hen >, at that time <6256 <eth > I will undo <6213 <asah > all <3605 kol > that afflict <6031 <anah > thee: and I will save <3467 yasha< > her that halteth <6761 tsela< >, and gather <6908 qabats > her that was driven <5080 nadach > out; and I will get <0776 >erets > them praise <8416 t@hillah > and fame <8034 shem > in every <3605 kol > land <0776 >erets > where they have been put to shame <1322 bosheth >.


 20 At that time <6256 <eth > will I bring <0935 bow> > you [again], even in the time <6256 <eth > that I gather <6908 qabats > you: for I will make <5414 nathan > you a name <8034 shem > and a praise <8416 t@hillah > among all <3605 kol > people <5971 <am > of the earth <0776 >erets >, when I turn <7725 shuwb > back <7725 shuwb > your captivity <7622 sh@buwth > before your eyes <5869 <ayin >, saith <0559 >amar > the LORD <3068 Y@hovah >.



 

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