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The King James Bible


Book 36    Zephaniah
001:001 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.
001:002 I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the
        LORD.
001:003 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,
        saith the LORD.
001:004 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;
001:005 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;
001:006 And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that
        have not sought the LORD, nor enquired for him.
001:007 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.
001:008 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.
001:009 In the same day also will I punish all those that leap on the
        threshold, which fill their masters' houses with violence and
        deceit.
001:010 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.
001:011 Howl, ye inhabitants of Maktesh, for all the merchant people
        are cut down; all they that bear silver are cut off.
001:012 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.
001:013 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.
001:014 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.
001:015 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,
001:016 A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and
        against the high towers.
001:017 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.
001:018 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.
002:001 Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not
        desired;
002:002 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.
002:003 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought
        his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye
        shall be hid in the day of the LORD's anger.
002:004 For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they
        shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be
        rooted up.
002:005 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.
002:006 And the sea coast shall be dwellings and cottages for
        shepherds, and folds for flocks.
002:007 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.
002:008 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.
002:009 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.
002:010 This shall they have for their pride, because they have
        reproached and magnified themselves against the people of the
        LORD of hosts.
002:011 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.
002:012 Ye Ethiopians also, ye shall be slain by my sword.
002:013 And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and
        destroy Assyria; and will make Nineveh a desolation, and dry
        like a wilderness.
002:014 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.
002:015 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 passeth by her shall hiss, and wag his hand.
003:001 Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing
        city!
003:002 She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she
        trusted not in the LORD; she drew not near to her God.
003:003 Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are
        evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow.
003:004 Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests
        have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the
        law.
003:005 The just LORD is in the midst thereof; he will not do
        iniquity: every morning doth he bring his judgment to light,
        he faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no shame.
003:006 I have cut off the nations: their towers are desolate; I made
        their streets waste, that none passeth by: their cities are
        destroyed, so that there is no man, that there is none
        inhabitant.
003:007 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.
003:008 Therefore wait ye 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.
003:009 For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they
        may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one
        consent.
003:010 From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the
        daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering.
003:011 In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings,
        wherein thou hast 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.
003:012 I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor
        people, and they shall trust in the name of the LORD.
003:013 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.
003:014 Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice
        with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.
003:015 The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine
        enemy: the king of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst of
        thee: thou shalt not see evil any more.
003:016 In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and
        to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack.
003:017 The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save,
        he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love,
        he will joy over thee with singing.
003:018 I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly,
        who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden.
003:019 Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I
        will save her that halteth, 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.
003:020 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, saith the LORD.

 

 


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