The Coming Judgment on Judah

Zephaniah 1

1 The word of the Lord that came to Zephaniah the son of Cushi, son of Gedaliah, son of Amariah, son of Hezekiah, a in the days of b Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah.

2 c "I will utterly sweep away everything
from the face of the earth," declares the Lord.
3 "I will sweep away d man and beast;
I will sweep away the birds of the heavens
and d the fish of the sea,
and e the rubble 1 with the wicked.
I will f cut off mankind
from the face of the earth," declares the Lord.
4 "I will stretch out my hand against Judah
and against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem;
g and I will cut off from this place the remnant of Baal
and the name of the idolatrous priests along with the priests,
5 h those who bow down on the roofs
to the host of the heavens,
i those who bow down and swear to the Lord
and yet swear by j Milcom,
6 k those who have turned back from following the Lord,
l who do not seek the Lord or inquire of him."

  1. Cross References
    Jeremiah 1:2
    To whom the word of the Lord came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign.
  2. Cross References
    2 Kings 22:1
    Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Jedidah the daughter of Adaiah of Bozkath.
  3. Cross References
    Jeremiah 8:13
    When I would gather them, declares the Lord, there are no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree; even the leaves are withered, and what I gave them has passed away from them.
    Zephaniah 1:18
    Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them on the day of the wrath of the Lord. In the fire of his jealousy, all the earth shall be consumed; for a full and sudden end he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth.
    2 Kings 22:16 - 17
    Thus says the Lord, Behold, I will bring disaster upon this place and upon its inhabitants, all the words of the book that the king of Judah has read.
  4. Cross References
    Hosea 4:3
    Therefore the land mourns, and all who dwell in it languish, and also the beasts of the field and the birds of the heavens, and even the fish of the sea are taken away.
  5. Cross References
    Hosea 4:3
    Therefore the land mourns, and all who dwell in it languish, and also the beasts of the field and the birds of the heavens, and even the fish of the sea are taken away.
  6. Cross References
    Ezekiel 7:19
    They cast their silver into the streets, and their gold is like an unclean thing. Their silver and gold are not able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord. They cannot satisfy their hunger or fill their stomachs with it. For it was the stumbling block of their iniquity.
  7. Cross References
    Ezekiel 14:17
    Or if I bring a sword upon that land and say, Let a sword pass through the land, and I cut off from it man and beast.
  8. Cross References
    2 Kings 23:4
    And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest and the priests of the second order and the keepers of the threshold to bring out of the temple of the Lord all the vessels made for Baal, for Asherah, and for all the host of heaven. He burned them outside Jerusalem in the fields of the Kidron and carried their ashes to Bethel.
  9. Cross References
    Jeremiah 19:13
    The houses of Jerusalem and the houses of the kings of Judah - all the houses on whose roofs offerings have been offered to all the host of heaven, and drink offerings have been poured out to other gods - shall be defiled like the place of Topheth.'
  10. Cross References
    1 Kings 18:21
    And Elijah came near to all the people and said, "How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him." And the people did not answer him a word.
    2 Kings 17:33
    So they feared the Lord but also served their own gods, after the manner of the nations from among whom they had been carried away.
    2 Kings 17:41
    So these nations feared the Lord and also served their carved images. Their children did likewise, and their children's children - as their fathers did, so they do to this day.
  11. Cross References
    1 Kings 11:5
    For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.
    1 Kings 11:33
    Because they have forsaken me and worshiped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, Chemosh the god of Moab, and Milcom the god of the Ammonites, and they have not walked in my ways, doing what is right in my sight and keeping my statutes and my rules, as David his father did.
  12. Cross References
    Jeremiah 2:13
    For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.
    Jeremiah 2:17
    Have you not brought this upon yourself by forsaking the Lord your God, when he led you in the way?
    Jeremiah 15:6
    You have rejected me, declares the Lord ; you keep going backward, so I have stretched out my hand against you and destroyed you - I am weary of relenting.
  13. Cross References
    Jeremiah 5:24
    They do not say in their hearts, 'Let us fear the Lord our God, who gives the rain in its season, the autumn rain and the spring rain, and keeps for us the weeks appointed for the harvest.
    Hebrews 11:6
    And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
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