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1The word of Yahweh that came to Zephaniah, the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah.
  2“I will sweep, yes, sweep everything off of the face of the earth,” says Yahweh.
  3“I will sweep away man and animal. I will sweep away the birds of the heavens, the fish of the sea and the stumbling blocks with the wicked. I will cut off humankind from the face of the earth,” says Yahweh.
  4“I will stretch out my hand against Judah and against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem. I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, the name of the idolatrous priests and pagan priests,
  5those who worship the army of heaven on the housetops, those who worship and swear by Yahweh and also swear by their “king,”
  6those who have turned away from following after Yahweh, and those who have not sought Yahweh or asked anything of him.”
  7Be silent in the presence of the Lord Yahweh! For the Day of Yahweh is at hand; for Yahweh has prepared a sacrifice. He has consecrated his guests.
  8It will happen in the Day of Yahweh’s sacrifice, that— “I will punish the officials, the king’s sons, and all those who are clothed with foreign clothing.
  9In that day, I will punish all those who leap over the threshold, who fill the house of their Lord with violence and deceit.
  10In that day,” says Yahweh, “there will be the noise of a cry from the fish gate, a wailing from the second quarter and a great crashing from the hills.
  11Wail, O inhabitants of the Mortar, for all the merchant people will be destroyed! All those who weigh out silver will be cut off.
  12It will happen at that time that I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and I will punish the men who are like wine comfortably settled on the lees, who say in their heart, ‘Yahweh will not do good, nor will he do evil.’
  13Their wealth will become plunder and their houses a desolation. Yes, they will build houses, but will not inhabit them. They will plant vineyards, but will not drink their wine.”
  14Near is the great Day of Yahweh. Near, and very swiftly approaching. The sound of the Day of Yahweh! The mighty man cries out bitterly.
  15A day of wrath is that day. A day of distress and anguish. A day of trouble and ruin. A day of darkness and gloom. A day of clouds and thick darkness,
  16a day of the shofar and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the high corner towers.
  17I will bring distress on people such that they will walk like blind men because they have sinned against Yahweh, and their blood will be poured out like dust, and their bowels like dung.
  18Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to deliver them on the Day of Yahweh’s wrath, but the whole earth will be devoured by the fire of his jealousy; for he will make an end, yes, a terrible end of all those who live on the earth.

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1Gather yourselves together like stubble, yes, gather together like stubble, O nation without shame,
  2before the decree becomes reality (the day passes on like the chaff) before the fierce anger of Yahweh comes on you, before the Day of Yahweh’s anger comes on you.
  3Seek Yahweh, all you humble of the land who have kept his ordinances. Seek righteousness. Seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden on the Day of Yahweh’s anger.
  4For Gaza will be abandoned, and Ashkelon will become a desolation. They will drive out Ashdod at noonday, and Ekron will be uprooted.
  5Woe to the inhabitants of the seacoast, the nation of the Cherethites! The word of Yahweh is against you, O Canaan, land of the Philistines. I will destroy you, so that there will be no inhabitant left.
  6The seacoast will become pastures, with caves for shepherds and walled enclosures for flocks.
  7And the coastland will be for the remnant of the house of Judah. They will find pasture on it. In the houses of Ashkelon, they will lie down in the evening, because Yahweh their God will visit them and restore their fortunes.
  8“I have heard the reproach of Moab and the insults of the children of Ammon with which they have reproached my people and made boasts against their territory.
  9Therefore as I live,” says Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel, “surely Moab will be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah, a possession of nettles, and salt pits, and a perpetual desolation. The remnant of my people will plunder them, and the survivors of my nation will inherit them.”
  10This they will get in return for their pride, because they have taunted and boasted against the people of Yahweh of Armies.
  11Yahweh will be terrifying to them, for he will starve all the gods of the earth. All the coastlands of the nations will bow down toa Him, each one from his own place.
  12You also, O Cushites—slain by my sword are they!
  13And he will stretch out his hand against the north and destroy Assyria. He will make Nineveh a desolation as dry as the wilderness.
  14And herds will lie down in the middle of her, as well as all the animals of the nations. Both the desert owl and the screech owl will lodge in the tops of her pillars. Their calls will echo through the windows. Devastation will be on the thresholds, for he will lay bare the cedar beams.
  15This is the exultant city that lived securely, that said in her heart, “I am, and there is none besides me.” What a desolation she has become, a place for animals to lie down in! Everyone who passes by her will hiss and wave his hand in contempt.

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1Woe to her who is rebellious and defiled, the oppressing city!
  2She has not listened to the Voice! She accepts no correction! She did not trust in Yahweh; she did not approach her God.
  3Her leaders in the midst of her are roaring lions. Her judges are wolves at evening. They leave not a bone to gnaw on for the morning.
  4Her prophets are arrogant and treacherous people; her priests have profaned the holy place; they have done violence to the law.
  5Yahweh, who resides in the midst of her, is righteous. He will do no injustice. Morning by morning he brings his justice to light; he will not fail. But an unjust person knows no shame.
  6“I have cut off nations; their corner towers are in ruins. I have made their streets waste, so that no one passes by. Their cities are destroyed so that there is no person; they are without an inhabitant.
  7I said, ‘Surely you will fear me; you will accept correction, so that her dwelling place will not be completely cut off because of all that I have visited upon her.’ But they rose early and corrupted all that they did.
  8“Therefore wait for me,” says Yahweh, “wait for the Day that I rise up to testify, for my decision is to gather the nations, to assemble the kingdoms, to pour on them my indignation, even all my fierce anger, for in the fire of my jealousy all the earth will be devoured.
  9For then I will change the speech to a pure language, so that they may all call on the name of Yahweh to serve him shoulder to shoulder.
  10From beyond the rivers of Cush, my worshipers, even the daughter of my scattered people, will bring my offering.
  11In that day you will not be put to shame for all you have done in which you have transgressed against me. For then I will remove from your midst your people who rejoice in their pride, and you will not be haughty any more in my holy mountain.
  12But I will leave among you a humble and lowly people, and they will take refuge in the name of Yahweh.
  13The remnant of Israel will not do iniquity, nor speak lies; nor will a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth, for they will feed and lie down, and no one will make them afraid.”
  14Sing, Daughter Zion! Shout, Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem.
  15Yahweh has taken away the judgments against you. He has turned back your enemy. The King of Israel, Yahweh, is in your midst. You will not be afraid of evil any more.
  16In that day, it will be said to Jerusalem, “Do not be afraid, Zion. Do not let your hands fall limp.
  17Yahweh your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save. He will rejoice over you with joy. He will calm you with his love. He will rejoice over you with singing.
  18I will gather together those who grieve about the appointed feasts; they came from you, and the reproach of exile is a burden to you.
  19Behold, at that time I will deal with all those who afflict you, and I will rescue those who are lame, and gather those who were scattered. And I will change their shame into praise and a name in all the earth.
  20At that time I will bring you in, even at the time when I gather you together, indeed, I will make you to be a name and a praise among all the peoples of the earth when I restore your fortunes before your eyes,” says Yahweh.

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