Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

西番雅書 1

1猶大王亞們的兒子約西亞執政期間,耶和華對希西迦的玄孫、亞瑪利亞的曾孫、基大利的孫子、古示的兒子西番雅說:

耶和華審判的日子

「我必毀滅地上的一切。
這是耶和華說的。
我必毀滅人類、獸類、
天上的鳥和海裡的魚。
我必使惡人倒斃,
我必剷除地上的人類。
這是耶和華說的。

「我必伸手攻擊猶大,
以及所有住在耶路撒冷的人,
剷除巴力的餘跡及拜偶像之祭司的名號。
我必剷除那些在屋頂祭拜天上萬象的人,
剷除敬拜我、憑我起誓又憑米勒公起誓的人,
剷除離棄我、不尋求我、不求問我的人。」

要在主耶和華面前肅靜,
因為耶和華的日子近了。
耶和華已準備好祭物,
潔淨了祂邀請的人。
耶和華說:「在我獻祭的日子,
我必懲罰首領和王子,
以及所有穿外族服裝的人。
到那日,我必懲罰所有跳過門檻[a]
使主人的家充滿暴力和欺詐的人。
10 到那日,魚門必傳出哭喊聲,
新區必響起哀號聲,
山陵必發出崩裂的巨響。
這是耶和華說的。
11 市場區的居民啊,哀哭吧!
因為所有的商人必滅亡,
所有做買賣的必被剷除。
12 那時,我必提著燈巡查耶路撒冷,
懲罰那些安於罪中的人。
他們心想,『耶和華不賜福也不降禍。』
13 他們的財物必遭搶掠,
家園必淪為廢墟。
他們建造房屋,卻不能住在裡面;
栽種葡萄園,卻喝不到葡萄酒。

14 「耶和華的大日子近了,
近了,很快就到了。
那將是痛苦的日子,
勇士也必淒聲哀號。
15 那是降烈怒的日子,
是困苦艱難的日子,
是摧殘毀壞的日子,
是黑暗幽冥的日子,
是陰霾密佈的日子,
16 是吹號呐喊、
攻打堅城高壘的日子。

17 「我要使人們災難臨頭,
以致他們行路像瞎子,
因為他們得罪了我。
他們的血必被倒出,如同灰塵;
他們的屍體必被丟棄,如同糞便。
18 在耶和華發怒的日子,
他們的金銀救不了他們。
祂的怒火必吞噬大地,
祂必驟然毀滅一切世人。」

Notas al pie

  1. 1·9 跳過門檻……的人」指祭拜偶像的人,參見撒母耳記上5·5

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.