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Zephaniah 1 - NIV

1 The word of the Lord that came to Zephaniah son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, during the reign of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah:

Judgment on the Whole Earth in the Day of the Lord


“I will sweep away everything
from the face of the earth,”
“When I destroy all mankind
on the face of the earth,”
declares the Lord.

3 “I will sweep away both man and beast;
I will sweep away the birds in the sky
and the fish in the sea—
and the idols that cause the wicked to stumble.”[a]

“When I destroy all mankind
on the face of the earth,”
declares the Lord,

4 “I will stretch out my hand against Judah
and against all who live in Jerusalem.
I will destroy every remnant of Baal worship in this place,
the very names of the idolatrous priests—

5 those who bow down on the roofs
to worship the starry host,
those who bow down and swear by the Lord
and who also swear by Molek,[b]

6 those who turn back from following the Lord
and neither seek the Lord nor inquire of him.”


Be silent before the Sovereign Lord,
for the day of the Lord is near.
The Lord has prepared a sacrifice;
he has consecrated those he has invited.


“On the day of the Lord’s sacrifice
I will punish the officials
and the king’s sons
and all those clad
in foreign clothes.

9 On that day I will punish
all who avoid stepping on the threshold,[c]
who fill the temple of their gods
with violence and deceit.


“On that day,”
declares the Lord,
“a cry will go up from the Fish Gate,
wailing from the New Quarter,
and a loud crash from the hills.

11 Wail, you who live in the market district[d] ;
all your merchants will be wiped out,
all who trade with[e] silver will be destroyed.

12 At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps
and punish those who are complacent,
who are like wine left on its dregs,
who think, ‘The Lord will do nothing,
either good or bad.’

13 Their wealth will be plundered,
their houses demolished.
Though they build houses,
they will not live in them;
though they plant vineyards,
they will not drink the wine.”


The great day of the Lord is near—
near and coming quickly.
The cry on the day of the Lord is bitter;
the Mighty Warrior shouts his battle cry.

15 That day will be a day of wrath—
a day of distress and anguish,
a day of trouble and ruin,
a day of darkness and gloom,
a day of clouds and blackness—

16 a day of trumpet and battle cry
against the fortified cities
and against the corner towers.


“I will bring such distress on all people
that they will grope about like those who are blind,
because they have sinned against the Lord.
Their blood will be poured out like dust
and their entrails like dung.

18 Neither their silver nor their gold
will be able to save them
on the day of the Lord’s wrath.”

In the fire of his jealousy
the whole earth will be consumed,
for he will make a sudden end
of all who live on the earth.


a. Zephaniah 1:3 The meaning of the Hebrew for this line is uncertain.
b. Zephaniah 1:5 Hebrew Malkam
c. Zephaniah 1:9 See 1?Samuel 5:5.
d. Zephaniah 1:11 Or in
e. Zephaniah 1:11 Or the Mortar

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Aubrey Vaughan avatar
Zephaniah - Chapter 2. Judgement is coming
Shared by: Aubrey Vaughan on Nov, 2016
Summary: In this section of Zephaniah chapter2. He preaches the Word of the Lord preaching a Judgement, to the earth the surrounding nations and upon Judah which is tempered with a a gracious offer and hope for a remnant
Series: Zephaniah
Scripture: Zephaniah 1:7-2:7
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 63
Daniel Habben avatar
Shared by: Daniel Habben on Nov, 2014
Summary: God warns us against complacency and urges us to keep seeking refuge in him.
based on 1 rating
Denomination: Lutheran
Views: 1,068
Zabdi Lopez avatar
The day of the Lord
Shared by: Zabdi Lopez on Nov, 2014
Summary: The prophet Zephaniah has a great message for the people of God today.
Scripture: Zephaniah 1:1-3:20
Denomination: Lutheran
Views: 968
Christian Cheong avatar
Zephaniah - The Three Lies We’ve Believed
Shared by: Christian Cheong on Feb, 2013
Summary: God is concerned and involved in your life. Seek Him with all your heart. Our future is in His hands.
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Zephaniah 1:1-18
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 2,865
Rick Boyne avatar
How to Make God Angry
Shared by: Rick Boyne on Mar, 2011
Summary: We must avoid the things that anger God.
based on 7 ratings
Scripture: Zephaniah 1:5-6
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,646
Babatunmishe oke avatar
Shared by: Babatunmishe oke on Apr, 2010
Summary: This is a prophetic message to Haitians after the earthquake
Scripture: Zephaniah 1:14-18
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 502
Kelly Cabrera  avatar
Shared by: Kelly Cabrera on Feb, 2010
Summary: La misericordia de Dios sobre nuestras vidas es poder y es hermoso recordarlo siempre.
based on 6 ratings
Scripture: Zephaniah 3:1-1:8
Denomination: Christian Church
Views: 12,105
Rodney Fry avatar
Shared by: Rodney Fry on Jan, 2010
Summary: In our survey of "The Minor Prophets" we now come to the first of three prophets who preached to Judah alone, following the downfall of the northern kingdom of Israel
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Zephaniah 1:1-3:20
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,319
Pat Damiani avatar
The Index of Leading Spiritual Complacency Indicators
Shared by: Pat Damiani on Jan, 2010
Summary: Zephaniah show us that we can avoid complacency by gathering together, seeking Jesus and obeying His commands.
based on 12 ratings
Scripture: Zephaniah 1:1-2:3
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 9,511
Wes Richard avatar
The Day of the Lord
Shared by: Wes Richard on Aug, 2009
Summary: The prophet Zephaniah points us to the meaning of spiritual renewal
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Zephaniah 1:1-18
Denomination: Brethren
Views: 3,342
James May avatar
Wailing at the Fish Gate
Shared by: James May on May, 2009
Summary: Zephaniah has something to say to America and to the world today. It’s a warning of the judgments of God, and a word of hope for those who will listen.
based on 46 ratings
Scripture: Zephaniah 1:1-3:20
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 13,915
David Moore avatar
The Day of the Lord
Shared by: David Moore on May, 2008
Summary: To show the conditions before, the condemnation by and the comfort in the Day of the Lord.
based on 6 ratings
Scripture: Zephaniah 1:1-7
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 3,395
Mark Roper avatar
Settled in Complacency
Shared by: Mark Roper on Nov, 2007
Summary: Sometimes Christians entertain very foolish and dangerous thoughts such as; Don’t get too concerned, keep things as they are, let someone else take care of it, set back, relax, and see what is going on. After all God will work things for us, or don’t g
based on 24 ratings
Denomination: Church Of God
Views: 83,615
Vance Elzinga avatar
The Two Most Powerful Realities
Shared by: Vance Elzinga on Jun, 2007
Summary: We’ve got to understand the twin realities of God’s wrath against sin and God’s mercy to the sinner.
based on 25 ratings
Scripture: Zephaniah 1:1-3:20
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 2,926
Eddie Young avatar
The Day After Tomorrow
Shared by: Eddie Young on Feb, 2006
Summary: This is a soul searching sermon. Even born again Christians will want to examine their TRUE relationship with God. ARE YOU A CHILD OF GOD? Are you?
based on 42 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 4,566
James May avatar
The Storm on the Horizon
Shared by: James May on Aug, 2005
Summary: While we wait for the hurricane that is coming in from the Gulf of Mexico, I am reminded of another storm that is coming also; the storm of the wrath of God upon a sinful world.
based on 90 ratings
Scripture: Zephaniah 1:14-18
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 15,003
Anthony Smith avatar
Terror; The Lost War.
Shared by: Anthony Smith on Jun, 2005
Summary: Why cant people see that Gods prophecy’s, will and are, taking place.Many Christians will be immune from violence and terror and then again many will be victims of it.
based on 11 ratings
Scripture: Zephaniah 1:14-18
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 521
Rich Cook avatar
Lose the weight of complacency
Shared by: Rich Cook on Jun, 2005
Summary: The first in a series used at New Year’s. We Christians can get used to a routine of "being good." We need to break free from complacency and push ourselves to spiritual excellence.
based on 46 ratings
Scripture: Zephaniah 1:1-12
Denomination: Nazarene
Views: 4,201
Anthony Smith avatar
The Great Day of the Lord
Shared by: Anthony Smith on Jun, 2004
Summary: Prophecy lesson on the Great Day of the Lord.
based on 18 ratings
Scripture: Zephaniah 1:14-17
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,690
W. Maynard Pittendreigh avatar
The Complacent Church
Shared by: W. Maynard Pittendreigh on Oct, 2002
Summary: How do we fight complacency in our spiritual lives?
based on 107 ratings
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 3,951
Dan Cormie avatar
Leading Indicators of Spiritual Decline (Part 2)
Shared by: Dan Cormie on Oct, 2002
Summary: Part 2 of spiritual decline message
based on 36 ratings
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 2,998
Robert Leroe avatar
"Return to Shelter" (Zephaniah)
Shared by: Robert Leroe on Jul, 2002
Summary: "Backsliders" are believers who needs some encouragement. But those who claim to be believers and who forsake God simply never had authentic faith in the first place.
Series: The Prophets
based on 57 ratings
Scripture: Zephaniah 1:14-16
Denomination: Congregational
Views: 3,971