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1:1 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.
1:2 I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the LORD.
1:3 I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumbling blocks with the wicked: and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the LORD.
1:4 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; 1:5 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; 1:6 And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have not sought the LORD, nor enquired for him.
1:7 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.
1:8 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.
1:9 In the same day also will I punish all those that leap on the threshold, which fill their masters' houses with violence and deceit.
1:10 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.
1:11 Howl, ye inhabitants of Maktesh, for all the merchant people are cut down; all they that bear silver are cut off.
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.
1:13 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.
1:14 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.
1:15 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, 1:16 A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.
1:17 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.
1:18 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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Everything King James Bible:Zephaniah
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Book: Zephaniah
Chapter: 1

Overview:
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.

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