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Zephaniah 3

1 - Woe to her who is rebellious and polluted, the oppressing city!

2 - She didn't obey the voice. She didn't receive correction. She didn't trust in The LORD. She didn't draw near to her God.

3 - Her princes within her are roaring lions. Her judges are evening wolves. They leave nothing until the next day.

4 - Her prophets are arrogant and treacherous people. Her priests have profaned the sanctuary. They have done violence to the law.

5 - The LORD, within her, is righteous. He will do no wrong. Every morning he brings his justice to light. He doesn't fail, but the unjust know no shame.

6 - I have cut off nations. Their battlements are desolate. I have made their streets waste, so that no one passes by. Their cities are destroyed, so that there is no man, so that there is no inhabitant.

7 - I said, "Just fear me. Receive correction, so that her dwelling won't be cut off, according to all that I have appointed concerning her." But they rose early and corrupted all their doings.

8 - "Therefore wait for me", says The LORD, "until the day that I rise up to the prey, for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour on them my indignation, even all my fierce anger, for all the earth will be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.

9 - For then I will purify the lips of the peoples, that they may all call on The LORD's name, to serve him shoulder to shoulder.

10 - From beyond the rivers of Cush, my worshipers, even the daughter of my dispersed people, will bring my offering.

11 - In that day you will not be disappointed for all your doings, in which you have transgressed against me; for then I will take away out from among you your proudly exulting ones, and you will no more be haughty in my holy mountain.

12 - But I will leave among you an afflicted and poor people, and they will take refuge in The LORD's name.

13 - The remnant of Israel will not do iniquity, nor speak lies, neither will a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth, for they will feed and lie down, and no one will make them afraid."

14 - Sing, daughter of Zion! Shout, Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, daughter of Jerusalem.

15 - The LORD has taken away your judgments. He has thrown out your enemy. The King of Israel, The LORD, is among you. You will not be afraid of evil any more.

16 - In that day, it will be said to Jerusalem, "Don't be afraid, Zion. Don't let your hands be weak."

17 - The LORD, your God, is among you, a mighty one who will save. He will rejoice over you with joy. He will calm you in his love. He will rejoice over you with singing.

18 - I will remove those who grieve about the appointed feasts from you. They are a burden and a reproach to you.

19 - Behold , at that time I will deal with all those who afflict you, and I will save those who are lame, and gather those who were driven away. I will give them praise and honor, whose shame has been in all the earth.

20 - At that time will I bring you in, and at that time will I gather you; for I will give you honor and praise among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes, says The LORD.

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The Book of Zephaniah

Zephaniah 1:4-8 - 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; 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; And them that are turned back from the LORD; and [those] that have not sought the LORD, nor enquired for him. 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. 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.

Zephaniah 1:14-18 - 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. 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, A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers. 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. 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.

The Old Testament - A Brief Overview

Bible Survey - Zephaniah
Hebrew Name - Tsephaniyah "Yahweh Hides"
Greek Name - Sophonias (Greek form of the Hebrew)
Author - Zephaniah (According to Tradition)
Date - 630 BC Approximately
Theme - The Day of the Lord is Approaching
Types and Shadows - In Zephaniah The Day of Jesus is Coming

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Summary of The Book of Zephaniah

Zephaniah lived during one of the worst times in the history of Judah, under the evil reign of King Manasseh. Fortunately for Judah it would not be long before Josiah would begin his glorious reign, and it was during the revival that took place during this period that Zephaniah began to prophesy. He was quick to  to condemn the idolatrous worship of the Canaanite and Assyrian deities, and he predicted doom for the heathen nations that surrounded Judah: the Philistines, the Moabites, the Ammonites, the Ethiopians, and the Assyrians. Zephaniah also foretold of the destruction of Jerusalem, and also her glorious restoration. - The above text is © Rusty Russell - Bible History Online and must be sourced for use on a website.

The opening verses of the book of Zephaniah revealed the prophet Zephaniah's lineage that traced back to King Hezekiah, which made him of royal blood. Zephaniah probably lived in Judah, and possibly Jerusalem, since he clearly knew the city so well. According to Zephaniah 1:1 the prophecy took place during the early portion of the reign of Josiah (642-611 BC), and revival didn't come under the reign of Josiah until 18 years after he took the throne. Zephaniah brings up the lack of justice in the land, oppression of the poor, and wealth that was gained by violence and fraudulent practices (Zephaniah 1:8-9). The people had forsaken the Lord under the evil reign of King Manasseh, and they were still worshiping Baal (Zephaniah 1:4). Many were worshiping and swearing oaths by the name of heathen deities like Malcham, who was associated with the god Moloch, the god who required worship by human sacrifice (Zephaniah 1:5). Many had  completely "turned back from the Lord" (Zephaniah 1:6). The Lord said that he will search out and punish those who have "settled on their lees" (Zephaniah 1:12), thinking in their heart that God will not do anything.

The prophet Zephaniah's main message was concerning the "Day of the Lord" which he mentions continually throughout the book. On that day the Lord will personally deal with those who had forsaken him and become corrupt. The day of the Lord is a day of destruction, a terrible day, a day in which very few will escape. Zephaniah 3 reveals the blessings of the day of the Lord, they will be a pure language "that everyone may call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent" (Zephaniah 3:9). He gives a beautiful imagery of the fortunes of the "Daughter of Zion": God will do away with their sins, there lies, their deceitful tongues, and  "they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid." (Zephaniah 3:13).

"The LORD your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will quiet you with His love, he will rejoice over you with singing." Zephaniah 3:17

The book of Zephaniah may be outlined as follows:

Outline of the Book of Zephaniah

Zephaniah 1:1-3 God's Judgment upon the World

Zephaniah 1:4-13 God's Judgment upon Judah and Jerusalem

Zephaniah 1:14-18 The Day of the Lord

Zephaniah 2:1-3 God's Call for Repentance

Zephaniah 2:4-7 God's Judgment upon the Philistines

Zephaniah 2:8-10 God's Judgment upon the Moabites and the Ammonites

Zephaniah 2:11-15 God's Judgment upon Other Nations like Ethiopia and Assyria

Zephaniah 3:1-8 God's Judgment upon Jerusalem

Zephaniah 3:9-13 Salvation and Blessings in the Kingdom

Zephaniah 3:14-20 God Is Praised in the Kingdom

The First Day. Light.

Zephaniah Resources

The Divided Kingdom
The Northern Kingdom of Israel
The Southern Kingdom of Judah
The Assyrian Captivity
The Babylonian Captivity
The Return From Babylon
The Prophets
The Messiah

The Book of Zephaniah

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