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.
I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the LORD.
I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven,
and the fishes of the sea, and the stumbling blocks with the wicked: and
I will cut off man from off the land, saith the LORD.
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;
And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have not
sought the LORD, nor enquired for him.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 them.
This shall they have for their pride, because they have reproached and
magnified themselves against the people of the LORD of hosts.
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.
She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not
in the LORD; she drew not near to her God.
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.
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
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.
I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and
they shall trust in the name of the LORD.
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.
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.
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