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1:1  I am Zephaniah, the son of Cushi, the grandson of Gedaliah, the great-grandson of Amariah, and the great-great-grandson of Hezekiah. When Josiah son of Amon was king of Judah, the Lord gave me this message.
1:2  I, the Lord, now promise to destroy everything on this earth—
1:3  people and animals, birds and fish. Everyone who is evil will crash to the ground, and I will wipe out the entire human race.
1:4  I will reach out to punish Judah and Jerusalem— nothing will remain of the god Baal; nothing will be remembered of his pagan priests.
1:5  Not a trace will be found of those who worship stars from their rooftops, or bow down to the god Milcom, while claiming loyalty to me, the Lord.
1:6  Nothing will remain of anyone who has turned away and rejected me.
1:7  Be silent! I am the Lord God, and the time is near. I am preparing to sacrifice my people and to invite my guests.
1:8  On that day I will punish national leaders and sons of the king, along with all who follow foreign customs.
1:9  I will punish worshipers of pagan gods and cruel palace officials who abuse their power.
1:10  I, the Lord, promise that on that day noisy crying will be heard from Fish Gate, New Town, and Upper Hills.
1:11  Everyone in Lower Hollow will mourn loudly, because merchants and money changers will be wiped out.
1:12  I'll search Jerusalem with lamps and punish those people who sit there unworried while thinking, “The Lord won't do anything, good or bad.”
1:13  Their possessions will be taken, their homes left in ruins. They won't get to live in the houses they build, or drink wine from the grapes in their own vineyards.
1:14  The great day of the Lord is coming soon, very soon. On that terrible day, fearsome shouts of warriors will be heard everywhere.
1:15  It will be a time of anger— of trouble and torment, of disaster and destruction, of darkness and despair, of storm clouds and shadows,
1:16  of trumpet calls and battle cries against fortified cities and mighty fortresses.
1:17  The Lord warns everyone who has sinned against him, “I'll strike you blind! Then your blood and your insides will gush out like vomit.
1:18  Not even your silver or gold can save you on that day when I, the Lord, am angry. My anger will flare up like a furious fire scorching the earth and everyone on it.”