1:1 The word of the Lord which came to Sophonias the son of Chusi,
the son of Godolias, the son of Amorias, the son of Ezekias, in the days
of Josias son of Amon, king of Juda.
1:2 Let there be an utter cutting off from the face of the land, saith
1:3 Let man and cattle be cut off; let the birds of the air and the
fishes of the sea be cut off; and the ungodly shall fail, and I will
take away the transgressors from the face of the land, saith the Lord.
1:4 And I will stretch out mine hand upon Juda, and upon all the
inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will remove the names of Baal out of
this place, and the names of the priests;
1:5 and them that worship the host of heaven upon the house-tops; and
them that worship and swear by the Lord, and them that swear by their
1:6 and them that turn aside from the Lord, and them that seek not the
Lord, and them that cleave not to the Lord.
1:7 Fear ye before the Lord God; for the day of the Lord is near; for
the Lord has prepared his sacrifice, and has sanctified his guests.
1:8 And it shall come to pass in the day of the Lord's sacrifice, that I
will take vengeance on the princes, and on the king's house, and upon
all that wear strange apparel.
1:9 And I will openly take vengeance on the porches in that day, [on the
men] that fill the house of the Lord their God with ungodliness and
1:10 And there shall be in that day, saith the Lord, the sound of a cry
from the gate of men slaying, and a howling from the second [gate], and
a great crashing from the hills.
1:11 Lament ye that inhabit the [city] that has been broken down, for
all the people has become like Chanaan; and all that were exalted by
silver have been utterly destroyed.
1:12 And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] I will search
Jerusalem with a candle, and will take vengeance on the men that despise
the things committed to them; but they say in their hearts, The Lord
will not do any good, neither will he do any evil.
1:13 And their power shall be for a spoil, and their houses for utter
desolation; and they shall build houses, but shall not dwell in them;
and they shall plant vineyards, but shall not drink the wine of them.
1:14 For the great day of the Lord [is] near, [it is] near, and very
speedy; the sound of the day of the Lord is made bitter and harsh.
1:15 A mighty day of wrath is that day, a day of affliction and
distress, a day of desolation and destruction, a day of gloominess and
darkness, a day of cloud and vapour,
1:16 a day of the trumpet and cry against the strong cities, and against
the high towers.
1:17 And I will greatly afflict the men, and they shall walk as blind
men, because they have sinned against the Lord; therefore he shall pour
out their blood as dust, and their flesh as dung.
1:18 And their silver and their gold shall in nowise be able to rescue
them in the day of the Lord's wrath; but the whole land shall be
devoured by the fire of his jealously; for he will bring a speedy
destruction on all them that inhabit the land.
1:1 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.
1:2 I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the LORD.
1:3 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.
1:4 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;
1:5 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;
1:6 And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have not
sought the LORD, nor enquired for him.
1:7 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
1:8 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.
1:9 In the same day also will I punish all those that leap on the
threshold, which fill their masters' houses with violence and deceit.
1:10 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.
1:11 Howl, ye inhabitants of Maktesh, for all the merchant people are
cut down; all they that bear silver are cut off.
1:12 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.
1:13 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.
1:14 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
1:15 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,
1:16 A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and
against the high towers.
1:17 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.
1:18 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.