1 The word of יהוה which came unto N63Zephaniah (Tsefanyah) the son of Kushi, the son of Gedalyah, the son of Amaryah, the son of Chizqiyah, in the days of Josiah (Yoshiyahu) the son of Amon, king of Judah (Yehudah).
2 I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith יהוה.
3 I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the sky, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumblingblocks with the wicked; and I will cut off man from off the land, saith יהוה.
4 I will also stretch out Mine hand upon Judah (Yehudah), and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem (Yerushalayim); and I will cut off the remnant of the Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarims with the kohanim;
5 And them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship and that swear by יהוה and yet swear by Milkom (god of the Ammonites);
6 And them that are turned back from יהוה; and those that have not sought יהוה, nor enquired for him.
7 Hold your peace at the presence of Lord (Adonai) יהוה, for the day of יהוה is at hand; for יהוה hath prepared a sacrifice, He hath bid His guests.
8 And it shall come to pass in the day of יהוה’s sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king’s children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel.
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.
10 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith יהוה, that there shall be the noise of a cry from the fish gate, and a howling from the second, and a great crashing from the hills.
11 Howl, you inhabitants of Maktesh, for all the merchant people are cut down; all they that bear silver are cut off.
12 And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem (Yerushalayim) with candles, and punish the men that are settled on their lees, that say in their heart, יהוה will not do good, neither will He do evil.
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.
14 The great day of יהוה is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of יהוה, the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.
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,
16 A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.
17 And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against יהוה; and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung.
18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of יהוה’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.