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11The word of the Lord that came to Zephaniah the son of Cushi, son of Gedaliah, son of Amariah, son of Hezekiah, ain the days of bJosiah the son of Amon, king of Judah.

2 Kgs. 22:1

Jer. 1:2

The Coming Judgment on Judah

2c“I will utterly sweep away everything

  from the face of the earth,” declares the Lord.

Jer. 8:13; [18; 2 Kgs. 22:16]

3“I will sweep away dman and beast;

  I will sweep away the birds of the heavens

  and dthe fish of the sea,

and ethe rubble1 with the wicked.

  I will fcut off mankind

  from the face of the earth,” declares the Lord.

Ezek. 14:17

See Ezek. 7:19

Hos. 4:3

Or stumbling blocks (that is, idols)

4“I will stretch out my hand against Judah

  and against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem;

gand I will cut off from this place the remnant of Baal

  and the name of the idolatrous priests along with the priests,

See 2 Kgs. 23:4

5hthose who bow down on the roofs

  to the host of the heavens,

ithose who bow down and swear to the Lord

  and yet swear by jMilcom,

1 Kgs. 11:5, 33

[1 Kgs. 18:21; 2 Kgs. 17:33, 41]

Jer. 19:13

6kthose who have turned back from following the Lord,

  lwho do not seek the Lord or inquire of him.”

[Jer. 5:24; Heb. 11:6]

Jer. 2:13, 17; 15:6

The Day of the Lord Is Near

7mBe silent before the Lord God!

  For nthe day of the Lord is near;

othe Lord has prepared a sacrifice

  and pconsecrated his guests.

1 Sam. 16:5

Isa. 34:6; Jer. 46:10; Ezek. 39:17, 19

[14]; See Joel 1:15

[Hab. 2:20]

8And on the day of the Lord's sacrifice

q“I will punish the officials and the king's sons

  and rall who array themselves in foreign attire.

[Matt. 22:11]

2 Kgs. 24:12, 14; 25:7

9On that day I will punish

  everyone swho leaps over the threshold,

and those who fill their master's2 house

  with violence and fraud.

[1 Sam. 5:5]

Or their Lord's

10“On that day,” declares the Lord,

  “a cry will be heard from tthe Fish Gate,

ua wail from vthe Second Quarter,

  a loud crash from the hills.

2 Kgs. 22:14

Zech. 11:3

See 2 Chr. 33:14

11wWail, O inhabitants of the Mortar!

  For all the traders3 are no more;

  all who weigh out silver are cut off.

Zech. 11:2; James 5:1

Or all the people of Canaan

12At that time xI will search Jerusalem with lamps,

  and I will punish the men

ywho are complacent,4

  zthose who say in their hearts,

‘The Lord will not do good,

  nor will he do ill.’

Ps. 94:7; Ezek. 8:12; Mal. 2:17; 3:14

Jer. 48:11; [Amos 6:1]

Amos 9:3

Hebrew are thickening on the dregs [of their wine]

13Their goods shall be aplundered,

  and their houses laid waste.

bThough they build houses,

  they shall not inhabit them;

cthough they plant vineyards,

  they shall not drink wine from them.”

See Mic. 6:15

See Amos 5:11

Isa. 42:22

14dThe great day of the Lord is near,

  near and hastening fast;

the sound of the day of the Lord is bitter;

  ethe mighty man cries aloud there.

[Isa. 33:7]

[7; Ezek. 7:7, 12]

15fA day of wrath is that day,

  a day of distress and anguish,

a day of gruin and devastation,

  ha day of darkness and gloom,

ha day of clouds and thick darkness,

See Joel 2:2

Job 30:3

See Joel 1:15

16  ia day of trumpet blast and battle cry

jagainst the fortified cities

  and against the lofty battlements.

[Isa. 2:15]

[Jer. 4:19]

17kI will bring distress on mankind,

  so that they shall walk llike the blind,

  because they have sinned against the Lord;

mtheir blood shall be poured out like dust,

  and their flesh nlike dung.

[Ps. 83:10]

Ps. 79:3

Deut. 28:29; Isa. 59:10

Jer. 10:18

18oNeither their silver nor their gold

  shall be able to deliver them

  on the day of the wrath of the Lord.

pIn the fire of his jealousy,

  qall the earth shall be consumed;

rfor a full and sudden end

  he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth.

[2]

Ezek. 36:5

[3:8]

Ezek. 7:19; [Prov. 11:4]