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1:1  This is the word of the Lord that came to Zephaniah, the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, in the days when Josiah, the son of Amon, was king of Judah.
1:2  I will completely sweep away everything from the face of the earth, says the Lord.
1:3  I will sweep away both men and animals, the birds of the air and the fish of the sea. I will force the wicked to their knees and wipe out all people from the face of the earth, says the Lord.
1:4  I will stretch out my hand against Judah and against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem. I will wipe out from this place every remnant of Baal, the very name of his idolatrous priests:
1:5  those who bow down on the roofs to worship the host of the heavens, and those who prostrate themselves before the Lord but swear by Milcom,
1:6  and those who have turned their backs on the Lord, and those who do not seek him.
1:7  Keep silent in the presence of the Lord God, for the day of the Lord is near. The Lord has prepared a sacrifice; he has consecrated his guests.
1:8  On the day of the Lord’s sacrifice, I will punish the officials and the king’s sons, and all those who clothe themselves in foreign apparel.
1:9  On that day I will punish all who leap over the threshold and fill the house of their master with violence and deceit.
1:10  On that day, says the Lord, crying will be heard from the Fish Gate, wailing from the New Quarter, a loud crash from the hills.
1:11  Wail, O inhabitants of the Mortar, for all the merchants will perish, and all those who weigh out silver will be ruined.
1:12  At that time I will search Jerusalem by lantern-light and punish all those people who have become complacent, like wine thickening in its sediment, and who say in their hearts, “The Lord will do nothing, either good or bad.”
1:13  As a result, their wealth will be plundered and their houses will lie in ruins. Though they build houses, they will not dwell in them; though they plant vineyards, they will not drink their wine.
1:14  The great day of the Lord is near, near and coming quickly. The sound of the day of the Lord is bitter when the warrior shouts his cry of war.
1:15  That day is a day of wrath, a day of anguish and distress, a day of ruin and devastation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and heavy darkness,
1:16  a day of trumpet blasts and battle cries against the fortified cities and against lofty battlements.
1:17  I will bring such dire distress on the people that they will walk like the blind because they have sinned against the Lord. Their blood will be poured out like dust and their entrails like dung.
1:18  Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them on the day of the Lord’s wrath, when by the fire of his jealousy the entire earth will be consumed. For he will make a sudden and terrible end of all who dwell on the earth.