Zephaniah Chapter 1

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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.

2 I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the LORD.

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.

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;

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;

6 And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have not sought the LORD, nor enquired for him.

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 guests.

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.

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.

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.

11 Howl, ye inhabitants of Maktesh, for all the merchant people are cut down; all they that bear silver are cut off.

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.

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.

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 bitterly.

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,

16 A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.

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.

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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Matthew Henry's 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.


Recent Comments for Zephaniah Chapter 1...


Isaac oloi's Zephaniah Chapter 1 comment on 4/22/2014, 1:24pm...



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.


Timothy Wayne George's Zephaniah Chapter 1 comment about verse 17 on 9/30/2013, 9:18am...

Men will be walking as blind men in the latter days, because they have sinned against God, and the dust shall be scattered in the streets. Repent and turn to the Lord, for the Day of the Lord shall be as thick darkness, and come upon the world as a thief in the night. The Lord shall be the hope of His people, and those that know their God shall do great exploits.


Gary's Zephaniah Chapter 1 comment on 9/12/2013, 11:04am...

I was doing research into the number of the antichrist and it led me to this chapter; the sum of 1-36 is 666, and Zephaniah is the 36th book of the bible. This Chapter has 18 verses in it; 6+6+6 is 18, and speaks about discusses God destroying those who are not his. My favorite of these verses is verse 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."
The candles are the 7 spirits of God, also referenced in revelation; the Lees is the dead yeast at the bottle of wine, which i find a perfect analogy for those who searched after other doctrines -wines-, and are finished in their searching for God and truth, and have made their wine -doctrine- fully spoiled.

"Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six." (Revelation 13:18)


Robert's Zephaniah Chapter 1 comment about verse 3 on 8/21/2013, 5:29am...

That prophecy is ongoing and has been for the last couple of years exactly as God described it would happen! Check science articles out sometime!


W.j's Zephaniah Chapter 1 comment about verse 8 on 4/11/2013, 1:00pm...

I know it is the word of the Lord, so we should trust God, and believe every word in the is true...


Lindacarter's Zephaniah Chapter 1 comment about verse 2 on 4/04/2013, 1:55pm...

The more i read this verse it assure me that the people that God created will come to an end and we have to take time to get to know the Lord word He's giving us the chance of a life time "The Holy Bible", that tells us about his divine Love.Its not like we haven't had the time to worship him which some find it so hard to do. Right there is the battle field did you feel that a stand off of time choices? Its hard for some to separate from flesh and the spirit,what is the use its always been hard to fight the ultimate fight for God.The best tool is having the dialogue to guide you to peace and life.But we must keep praying and asking forgiveness for our family, Amen.


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