Amplified Bible

Zephaniah 1

Day of Judgment on Judah

1The word of the Lord which came to Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of [a]Hezekiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah:


“I will completely consume and sweep away all things
From the face of the earth [in judgment],” says the Lord.

“I will consume and sweep away man and beast;
I will consume and sweep away the birds of the air
And the fish of the sea,
And the [b]stumbling blocks (idols) along with the wicked;
And I will cut off and destroy man from the face of the earth,” declares the Lord.

“I will also stretch out My hand [in judgment] against Judah
And against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
And I will cut off and destroy the remnant of [c]Baal from this place,
And the names and remembrance of the idolatrous priests along with the [false] priests,

And those who bow down and worship the host of heaven [the sun, the moon, and the stars] [d]on their housetops
And those who bow down and swear [oaths] to [and pretend to worship] the Lord and [yet also] swear by [the pagan god called] Milcom [god of the Ammonites],

And those who have turned back from following the Lord,
And those who have not sought the Lord [as their most important need] or inquired of Him.”


[Hush!] Be silent before the Lord God [there is no acceptable excuse to offer]!
For the day [of the vengeance] of the Lord is near,
For the Lord has prepared a sacrifice (Judah),
He has set apart [for His use] those who have accepted His invitation [the Chaldeans who rule Babylon].

“Then it will come about on the day of the Lord’s sacrifice
That I will punish the princes and the king’s sons
And all who are clothed in [lavish] foreign apparel [reflecting their paganism].

“On that day I will also punish all those who [e]leap over the temple threshold,
Who fill their [pagan] lord’s temple with violence and deceit.
10 
“On that day,” declares the Lord,
“There will be the sound of crying from the Fish (Damascus) Gate [in the northern wall of Jerusalem where invaders enter]
And wailing from the [f]Second Quarter [of the city],
And a loud crash from the hills.
11 
“Wail [in anguish], you inhabitants of the [g]Mortar (Valley of Siloam),
For all the merchants of Canaan will be silenced and destroyed;
All who weigh out silver will be cut off.
12 
“It will come about at that time
That I will search Jerusalem with lamps
And I will punish the men
Who [like old wine] are stagnant in spirit,
Who say in their hearts,
‘The Lord will not do good, nor will He do evil.’
13 
“Furthermore, their wealth will become plunder
And their houses a desolation.
Yes, they will build houses but not live in them,
And plant vineyards but not drink their wine.”

14 
The great [judgment] day of the Lord is near,
Near and coming very quickly.
Listen! The [voice of the] day of the Lord!
The warrior cries out bitterly [unable to fight or to flee].
15 
That day is a day of [the outpouring of the] wrath [of God],
A day of trouble and distress,
A day of destruction and devastation,
A day of darkness and gloom,
A day of clouds and thick darkness,
16 
A day of trumpet and the battle cry [of invaders]
Against the fortified cities
And against the high corner towers (battlements).
17 
I will bring distress on men
So that they will walk like the blind [unable to find a way of escape],
Because they have sinned against the Lord;
Their blood will be poured out like dust [and trampled underfoot],
And their flesh like dung.
18 
Neither their silver nor their gold
Will be able to rescue them
On the day of the Lord’s indignation and wrath.
And the whole earth will be consumed
In the fire of His jealous [h]wrath,
For He shall make a full and complete end,
Indeed a terrifying one,
Of all the inhabitants of the earth.

Notas al pie

  1. Zephaniah 1:1 Zephaniah’s great-great-grandfather, Hezekiah, ruled Judah (the Southern Kingdom) from 715-686 b.c. He was a godly king who restored the temple and abolished pagan worship. He was also notable as the great warrior who defended Jerusalem from the attacking Assyrians, and the great builder who developed the Siloam tunnel and reservoir to enhance the fresh water supply of Jerusalem.
  2. Zephaniah 1:3 MT reads ruins.
  3. Zephaniah 1:4 One of the major male gods of Canaan. His female consort was Asherah.
  4. Zephaniah 1:5 The flat roofs of the houses were often used as convenient places of planetary worship (i.e. Sabeanism, astrology).
  5. Zephaniah 1:9 This may have a connection to the pagan custom mentioned in 1 Sam 5:5, or to the pagan belief that spirits resided in the threshold.
  6. Zephaniah 1:10 I.e. the lower, newer part of the city.
  7. Zephaniah 1:11 A shallow hollow that was a district in Jerusalem.
  8. Zephaniah 1:18 God’s judgment and God’s mercy are the twin themes of the prophets. In this dramatic passage, the Lord describes the destruction that will sweep the earth in the day of His wrath. Yet the Lord is true to His promises: the remnant will be restored (Zeph 3:18-20); the last day is also “the day of redemption” (Eph 4:30). See also Matt 24:31; John 14:3; 1 Thess 4:15-17.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

西番雅书 1

1犹大王亚们的儿子约西亚执政期间,耶和华对希西迦的玄孙、亚玛利亚的曾孙、基大利的孙子、古示的儿子西番雅说:

耶和华审判的日子

“我必毁灭地上的一切。
这是耶和华说的。
我必毁灭人类、兽类、
天上的鸟和海里的鱼。
我必使恶人倒毙,
我必铲除地上的人类。
这是耶和华说的。

“我必伸手攻击犹大,
以及所有住在耶路撒冷的人,
铲除巴力的余迹及拜偶像之祭司的名号。
我必铲除那些在屋顶祭拜天上万象的人,
铲除敬拜我、凭我起誓又凭米勒公起誓的人,
铲除离弃我、不寻求我、不求问我的人。”

要在主耶和华面前肃静,
因为耶和华的日子近了。
耶和华已准备好祭物,
洁净了祂邀请的人。
耶和华说:“在我献祭的日子,
我必惩罚首领和王子,
以及所有穿外族服装的人。
到那日,我必惩罚所有跳过门槛[a]
使主人的家充满暴力和欺诈的人。
10 到那日,鱼门必传出哭喊声,
新区必响起哀号声,
山陵必发出崩裂的巨响。
这是耶和华说的。
11 市场区的居民啊,哀哭吧!
因为所有的商人必灭亡,
所有做买卖的必被铲除。
12 那时,我必提着灯巡查耶路撒冷,
惩罚那些安于罪中的人。
他们心想,‘耶和华不赐福也不降祸。’
13 他们的财物必遭抢掠,
家园必沦为废墟。
他们建造房屋,却不能住在里面;
栽种葡萄园,却喝不到葡萄酒。

14 “耶和华的大日子近了,
近了,很快就到了。
那将是痛苦的日子,
勇士也必凄声哀号。
15 那是降烈怒的日子,
是困苦艰难的日子,
是摧残毁坏的日子,
是黑暗幽冥的日子,
是阴霾密布的日子,
16 是吹号呐喊、
攻打坚城高垒的日子。

17 “我要使人们灾难临头,
以致他们行路像瞎子,
因为他们得罪了我。
他们的血必被倒出,如同灰尘;
他们的尸体必被丢弃,如同粪便。
18 在耶和华发怒的日子,
他们的金银救不了他们。
祂的怒火必吞噬大地,
祂必骤然毁灭一切世人。”

Notas al pie

  1. 1:9 跳过门槛……的人”指祭拜偶像的人,参见撒母耳记上5:5