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About Zephaniah

Zephaniah 1:1-3 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. I will utterly consume all things from off the land, says the Lord. 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 land, says the Lord.
God was upset with how they were taking themselves away fro an weternity of good for them:.1Corinthians 2:9.
Zephaniah 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.(a word meaning 'idolatrous priests').with the priests,

Zephaniah 1:5 And them that worship the host of heaven.('host of heaven'.2Kings 17:16; 23:5).upon the housetops and them that worship and that swear by the Lord and that swear by Malcham,
Concise Bible Dictionary: Malcham was an idol worshipped by some Jews back then who also professed to worship the true God. Some judge this 'Malcham' to have been the same as Molech.
Zephaniah 1:6 And them that are turned back from the Lord and those that have not sought the Lord, nor enquired for him.

Zephaniah 1:7 Hold your peace at the presence of the Lord GOD, for the day of the Lord is at hand. For the Lord has prepared a sacrifice. He has bid his guests.
Zephaniah 1:7 Hold your peace.(original for 'hold your peace' is 'keep silence').at the presence of the Lord GOD.(so where is the presence of God?).(a better translation of this part of the verse, 'keep silence in the presence of the Lord God for the Lord is near' {how near?}), for the day of the Lord is at hand.(the day of the Lord is always at hand to those seeking the spiritual). For the Lord has prepared a sacrifice.(blood of Emmanuel; our sacrifice is to slay the ego). He has bid.(original 'sanctify').his guests.(*).
Zephaniah 1:8 And it shall come to pass in the day of the Lord's sacrifice.(John 3:16,17), that I will punish the princes and the king's children and all such as are clothed with strange apparel.
Those not clothed from on high (Luke 1:78; 2Corinthians 5:1-4), that is, those of lower consciousness are clothed with what they need to change from.
Zephaniah 1:9-11 In the same day also will I punish all those that leap on the threshold, which fill their masters' houses with violence and deceit. 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. Howl, you inhabitants of Maktesh, for all the merchant people are cut down; all they that bear silver are cut off.

Zephaniah 1:12-14 And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem.(what's Jerusalem today?).with candles and punish.(original is 'attend to').the men that are settled on their lees.(comfortable in the way they were, in this case, evil, not seeing any need to change to good), that say in their heart, The Lord will not do good, neither will he do evil.(or, God never does anything; He's probably not even there). 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. 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.

Zephaniah 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,

Zephaniah 1:16,17 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.(how?). And their blood shall be poured out as dust and their flesh as the dung.

Zephaniah 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.

Zephaniah 2:1,2 Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired; Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the Lord come upon you, before the day of the Lord's anger come upon you.

Zephaniah 2:3 Seek you the Lord, all you meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment. Seek righteousness. Seek meekness. It may be you shall be hid in the day of the Lord's anger.

Zephaniah 2:4 For Gaza shall be forsaken and Ashkelon a desolation. They shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day and Ekron shall be rooted up. 

Zephaniah 2:5 Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites! the word of the Lord is against you. O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant.

Zephaniah 2:6,7 And the sea coast shall be dwellings and cottages for shepherds and folds for flocks. And the coast shall be for the remnant of the house of Judah. They shall feed thereupon. In the houses of Ashkelon shall they lie down in the evening, for the Lord their God shall visit them and turn away their captivity.

Zephaniah 2:8 I have heard the reproach of Moab and the revilings of the children of Ammon, whereby they have reproached my people and magnified themselves against their border. 

Zephaniah 2:9 Therefore as I live, saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, Surely Moab shall be as Sodom and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah, even the breeding of nettles and saltpits and a perpetual desolation. The residue of my people shall spoil them and the remnant of my people shall possess them.

Zephaniah 2:10 This shall they have for their pride, because they have reproached and magnified themselves against the people of the Lord of hosts.
Barnes Notes

Zephaniah 2:11-14 The Lord will be terrible unto them, for he will famish all the gods of the earth and men shall worship him, every one from his place, even all the isles of the heathen. You Ethiopians also, you shall be slain by my sword. And he will stretch out his hand against the north and destroy Assyria and will make Nineveh a desolation and dry like a wilderness. And flocks shall lie down in the midst of her, all the beasts of the nations, both the cormorant and the bittern shall lodge in the upper lintels of it. Their voice shall sing in the windows. Desolation shall be in the thresholds, for he shall uncover the cedar work. 

Zephaniah 2:15 This is the rejoicing city that dwelt carelessly, that said in her heart, I am and there is none beside me. How is she become a desolation, a place for beasts to lie down in! every one that passes by her shall hiss and wag his hand.

Zephaniah 3:1,2 Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city! She obeyed not the voice. She received not correction. She trusted not in the Lord. She drew not near to her God. Her princes within her are roaring lions.

Zephaniah 3:3 Her judges are evening wolves, they gnaw not the bones till the morrow.

Zephaniah 3:4-7 Her prophets are light and treacherous persons. Her priests have polluted the sanctuary and they have done violence to the law. The just Lord is in the midst thereof. He will not do iniquity. Every morning does he bring his judgment to light, he fails not. But the unjust know no shame. I have cut off the nations. Their towers are desolate. I made their streets waste that none pass by. Their cities are destroyed so that there is no man, that there is none inhabitant. I said, Surely thou wilt fear me, thou wilt receive instruction so their dwelling should not be cut off, howsoever I punished them, but they rose early and corrupted all their doings.
Those of low consciousness just don't see the point of what is going on in their lives and so they carry on living as they always have.
Zephaniah 3:8 Therefore wait you upon me, saith 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 upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.

Zephaniah 3:9 For then will I turn to the people a pure language.(our languages today are confusing and fail to provide consistent clarity, example English), that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent.(Clarke's Commentary: not one unbeliever being found among them:.Psalms 81:8-10).
And that language is one of the heart and is here now. Where?
Zephaniah 3:10-13 From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering. In that day shall you not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein you have transgressed against me, for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride and thou shalt no more be haughty because of my holy.mountain. I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people.(only a remnant was left:.2Chronicles 36:10).and they shall trust in the name of the Lord. The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth, for they shall feed and lie down and none shall make them afraid.

Zephaniah 3:14-16 Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem. The Lord has taken away your judgments, he has cast out your enemy. The king of Israel, even the Lord, is in the midst of you. You shalt not see evil any more. In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack.

Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord your God in the midst of you is mighty. He will save. He will rejoice over you with joy. He will rest in his love.(His love for you). He will joy over you with singing.
.God is happy with you, because Christ is in you:.Colossians 1:27 "...Christ in you, the hope of glory." 3John 1:4 "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth."
Zephaniah 3:18-20 I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of you, to whom the reproach of it was a burden. Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict you and I will save her that halts.(limped along in life with many heartaches).and gather her that was driven out and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame. At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you, for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, says the Lord.
God is good and wants good for all:.Psalms 34:19.
....next Old Testament book is Haggai
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