Zephaniah, The Book of

Zephaniah, The Book of

One of the books of the twelve Minor Prophets in the OT. The prophecies of Zephaniah span the reign of King Josiah of Judah (640–609 BCE) and convey God’s radical reaction to the idolatrous results of the reigns of Manasseh (697–642 BCE) and Amon (642–640 BCE).

Outline of Contents

Zephaniah

I. Superscription (1.1)

II. Announcement of Universal judgment in the Day of the Lord (Zeph 1:2-2:4)

A. Judgment of the earth and of Judah and Jerusalem (Zeph 1:2-6)

B. The coming Day proclaimed (Zeph 1:7-13)

C. Description of the Day (Zeph 1:14-2:4)

III. Picture of the judgment (Zeph 2:5-3:8)

A. On foreign nations (Zeph 2:5-15)

1. Philistines (west) (Zeph 2:5-7)

2. Moab and Ammon (east) (Zeph 2:8-11)

3. Egypt (south) (Zeph 2:12)

4. Assyria (north) (Zeph 2:13-15)

B. On Jerusalem (Zeph 3:1-8)

IV. Promise of salvation (Zeph 3:9-20)

A. For the remnant of Judah and Jerusalem (Zeph 3:9-13)

B. The new people of Zion (Zeph 3:14-17)

C. For the exiles in Babylonia (deuteronomic addition)

Zeph 1:2-2:4

The Coming Judgment on Judah
2I will utterly sweep away everything
from the face of the earth, says the Lord.3I will sweep away humans and animals;
I will sweep ... View more

Zeph 1:2-6

The Coming Judgment on Judah
2I will utterly sweep away everything
from the face of the earth, says the Lord.3I will sweep away humans and animals;
I will sweep ... View more

Zeph 1:7-13

7Be silent before the Lord GOD!
For the day of the Lord is at hand;
the Lord has prepared a sacrifice,
he has consecrated his guests.8And on the day of the Lord ... View more

Zeph 1:14-2:4

The Great Day of the Lord

14The great day of the Lord is near,
near and hastening fast;
the sound of the day of the Lord is bitter,
the warrior cries aloud the ... View more

Zeph 2:5-3:8

5Ah, inhabitants of the seacoast,
you nation of the Cherethites!
The word of the Lord is against you,
O Canaan, land of the Philistines;
and I will destroy you ... View more

Zeph 2:5-15

5Ah, inhabitants of the seacoast,
you nation of the Cherethites!
The word of the Lord is against you,
O Canaan, land of the Philistines;
and I will destroy you ... View more

Zeph 2:5-7

5Ah, inhabitants of the seacoast,
you nation of the Cherethites!
The word of the Lord is against you,
O Canaan, land of the Philistines;
and I will destroy you ... View more

Zeph 2:8-11

8I have heard the taunts of Moab
and the revilings of the Ammonites,
how they have taunted my people
and made boasts against their territory.9Therefore, as I li ... View more

Zeph 2:12

12You also, O Ethiopians,
shall be killed by my sword.

Zeph 2:13-15

13And he will stretch out his hand against the north,
and destroy Assyria;
and he will make Nineveh a desolation,
a dry waste like the desert.14Herds shall lie ... View more

Zeph 3:1-8

The Wickedness of Jerusalem
1Ah, soiled, defiled,
oppressing city!2It has listened to no voice;
it has accepted no correction.
It has not trusted in the Lord;
i ... View more

Zeph 3:9-20

9At that time I will change the speech of the peoples
to a pure speech,
that all of them may call on the name of the Lord
and serve him with one accord.10From b ... View more

Zeph 3:9-13

9At that time I will change the speech of the peoples
to a pure speech,
that all of them may call on the name of the Lord
and serve him with one accord.10From b ... View more

Zeph 3:14-17

A Song of Joy
14Sing aloud, O daughter Zion;
shout, O Israel!
Rejoice and exult with all your heart,
O daughter Jerusalem!15The Lord has taken away the judgment ... View more

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