1 THE WORD of HaShem which came unto 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 utterly consume all things from off the face of the
earth, saith HaShem.
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 face of the earth, saith HaShem.
4 And I will stretch out My 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 idolatrous priests with the priests;
5 And them that worship the host of heaven upon the
housetops; and them that worship, that swear to HaShem and swear by Malcam;
6 Them also that are turned back from following HaShem; and
those that have not sought HaShem, nor inquired after Him.
7 Hold thy peace at the presence of the L-rd GOD; for the day
of HaShem is at hand, for HaShem hath prepared a sacrifice, He hath consecrated
8 And it shall come to pass in the day of HaShem'S sacrifice,
that I will punish the princes, and the king's sons, and all such as are clothed
with foreign apparel.
9 In the same day also will I punish all those that leap over
the threshold, that fill their master's house with violence and deceit.
10 And in that day, saith HaShem, Hark! a cry from the fish
gate, and a wailing from the second quarter, and a great crashing from the
11 Wail, ye inhabitants of Maktesh, for all the merchant
people are undone; all they that were laden with silver are cut off.
12 And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search
Jerusalem with lamps; and I will punish the men that are settled on their lees,
that say in their heart: 'The HaShem will not do good, neither will He do evil.'
13 Therefore their wealth shall become a booty, and their
houses a desolation; yea, they shall build houses, but shall not inhabit them,
and they shall plant vineyards, but shall not drink the wine thereof.
14 The great day of HaShem is near, it is near and hasteth
greatly, even the voice of the day of HaShem, wherein the mighty man crieth
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 horn and alarm, against the fortified cities,
and against the high towers.
17 And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk
like the blind, because they have sinned against HaShem; and their blood shall
be poured out as dust, and their flesh as dung.
18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to
deliver them in the day of HaShem'S wrath; but the whole earth shall be devoured
by the fire of His jealousy; for He will make and end, yea, a terrible end, of
all them that dwell in the earth.