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.
1 Gather yourselves, yes gather together, O nation not desired;
2 before the decree is brought forth, the day shall pass like the chaff, yet not before the
hot anger of Jehovah comes upon you, yet not before the day of the anger of Jehovah
comes upon you.
3 Seek Jehovah, all the meek of the earth who have done His justice; seek righteousness;
seek meekness. It may be that you shall be hidden in the day of the anger of Jehovah.
4 For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation. They shall drive Ashdod out
at the noonday, and Ekron shall be rooted up.
5 Woe to the inhabitants of the seacoast, the nation of the Cherethites! The Word of
Jehovah is against you, O Canaan, land of the Philistines; I will destroy you so that there
shall not be an inhabitant.
6 And the seacoast shall be meadows, cottages for shepherds, and folds for the flocks.
7 And the coast shall be for the remnant of the house of Judah; they shall feed on them.
In the houses of Ashkelon, they shall lie down in the evening, for Jehovah their God shall
visit them and return their captives.
8 I have heard the reproach of Moab, and the revilings of the sons of Ammon, with
which they have reproached My people and have magnified themselves against their
9 Therefore, as I live, declares Jehovah of Hosts, the God of Israel, surely Moab shall be
as Sodom, and the sons of Ammon like Gomorrah, a possession of nettles, and saltpits,
and a desolation forever. The rest of My people shall plunder them, and the remnant of
the nation shall possess them.
10 They shall have this for their pride, because they have reproached and magnified
themselves against the people of Jehovah of Hosts.
11 Jehovah will be terrifying to them, for He will make lean all the gods of the earth.
Each man from his place and all the islands of the nations will bow to Him.
12 You also, O Ethiopians, shall be slain by My sword.
13 And He will stretch out His hand against the north, and destroy Assyria, and will
make Nineveh a desolation, dry like the wilderness.
14 And flocks shall lie down in her midst; all the beasts of the nations; both the pelican
and the bittern shall lodge in the capitals of its pillars. Their voice shall sing at the
windows; desolation shall be at the threshold; for He will lay bare the cedar work.
15 This is the joyous city, that dwelt confidently, who said in her heart, I am, and there is no other. How she has become a desolation, a place for animals to lie down. Everyone who passes near her shall hiss; he shall shake his hand.
1 Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city!
2 She did not give heed to the voice; she did not receive correction; she did not trust in
Jehovah; she did not draw near to her God.
3 Her rulers within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves, that do not
leave the bones till the morning.
4 Her prophets are wanton, treacherous people; her priests have profaned the sanctuary;
they have done violence to the Law.
5 The righteous Jehovah is in her midst; He will do no wrong. Every morning He gives
His justice to the light; He does not fail, but the unjust knows no shame.
6 I have cut off nations; their towers are desolate. I made their streets waste, so that no one passes by. Their cities are laid waste, without a man, with no inhabitant.
7 I said, Surely you will fear Me; you will receive instruction; so that her dwelling
should not be cut off, all that I appointed for her. But they rose up early; they corrupted
all their doings.
8 Therefore, wait for Me, declares Jehovah, until the day that I rise up to the prey. For
My judgment is to gather the nations, for Me to gather the kingdoms, to pour My fury out
on them, all My burning anger. For all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of My
9 For then I will transform to the peoples a pure language, to call on the name of
Jehovah, to serve Him with one purpose.
10 From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia, My suppliants, the daughter of My scattered
ones, shall bring My offering.
11 In that day you shall not be ashamed for all your doings which you have transgressed
against Me. For then I will take away out of your midst those who rejoice in your pride,
and you shall not again be haughty any more in My holy mountain.
12 I will also leave a poor and weak people in your midst, and they shall trust in the
name of Jehovah.
13 The remnant of Israel shall not do injustice, nor speak lies. And a deceitful tongue
shall not be found in their mouth. For they shall feed and lie down, and no one shall
make them afraid.
14 Cry aloud for joy, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all
the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem!
15 Jehovah has taken away your judgments; He has turned away your enemy. Jehovah,
the King of Israel, is in your midst; you shall not see evil any more.
16 In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: Fear not, Zion. Do not let your hands be
17 Jehovah your God is mighty in your midst; He will save. He will rejoice over you
with joy; He will quiet you in His love. He rejoices over you with joyful praise.
18 I will gather the afflicted ones from the appointed place; they were among you, an
utterance of reproach.
19 Behold, at that time I will deal with all those who afflict you. And I will save her who
is lame, and gather her who was banished. And I will appoint them for praise and for
renown in all the lands where they have been put to shame.
20 At that time I will bring you back, even at the time that I gather you. For I will give
you for renown and for praise among all the peoples of the earth, when I return your
captives before your eyes, says Jehovah.