Zephaniah Chapter 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.
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.
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Zephaniah Chapter 1 Bible commentary...
Zephaniah excites to repentance, foretells the destruction of the enemies of the Jews, and comforts the pious among them with promises of future blessings, the restoration of their nation, and the prosperity of the church in the latter days.Threatenings against sinners. (1-6) More threatenings. (7-13) Distress from the approaching judgments. (14-18)1-6 Ruin is coming, utter ruin; destruction from the Almighty. The servants of God all proclaim, There is no peace for the wicked. The expressions are figurative, speaking every where desolation; the land shall be left without inhabitants. The sinners to be consumed are, the professed idolaters, and those that worship Jehovah and idols, or swear to the Lord, and to Malcham. Those that think to divide their affections and worship between God and idols, will come short of acceptance with God; for what communion can there be between light and darkness? If Satan have half, he will have all; if the Lord have but half, he will have none. Neglect of God shows impiety and contempt. May none of us be among those who draw back unto perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.
7-13 God's day is at hand; the punishment of presumptuous sinners is a sacrifice to the justice of God. The Jewish royal family shall be reckoned with for their pride and vanity; and those that leap on the threshold, invading their neighbours' rights, and seizing their possessions. The trading people and the rich merchants are called to account. Secure and careless people are reckoned with. They are secure and easy; they say in their heart, the Lord will not do good, neither will he do evil; that is, they deny his dispensing rewards and punishments. But in the day of the Lord's judgment, it will clearly appear that those who perish, fall a sacrifice to Divine justice for breaking God's law, and because they have no interest by faith in the Redeemer's atoning sacrifice.
14-18 This warning of approaching destruction, is enough to make the sinners in Zion tremble; it refers to the great day of the Lord, the day in which he will show himself by taking vengeance on them. This day of the Lord is very near; it is a day of God's wrath, wrath to the utmost. It will be a day of trouble and distress to sinners. Let them not be laid asleep by the patience of God. What is a man profited if he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? And what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Let us flee from the wrath to come, and choose the good part that shall never be taken from us; then we shall be prepared for every event; nothing shall separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
Anthony Sims's Zephaniah Chapter 1 comment on 3/05/2015, 8:27pm...
God created nature,humanity,and the environment with his loving breath in 6 days. This day is the exact same day God created on the first day. Everyday is the same day over over since creation. The actions we humans take make the only difference from one day to the next. When the laws of God are followed, along with following the teachings of Jesus, love fills our daily interactions. We pray for one another. We help one another. God is pleased. We live in a world where prayer has been removed from schools, we murder our children, and we have become to busy worshiping money to care about our neighbors. Just like in Zephaniah 's day society is crumbling beneath our feet. God 's judgement is close at hand. Sin has consequences. It always has. And it always will. God created life to work a certain way. God has not changed.
Isaac oloi's Zephaniah Chapter 1 comment on 4/22/2014, 1:24pm...
THE CHURCH IS GIVEN DEEPER REVALTION ABOUT THIS DAY.LETS TAKE CARE OF THE DAY BYWALKING IN RIGHTEOUSNES
Godfred Kwadwo Boateng's Zephaniah Chapter 1 comment about verse 14 on 2/05/2014, 8:25am...
Zephaniah 1:14 sounds a great warning to every living soul to surrender to the Lord Jesus for there would be no mercy on that great day.
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