1The 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. 2I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the LORD.1.2 I will…: Heb. By taking away I will make an end1.2 the land: Heb. the face of the land 3I 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.1.3 stumblingblocks: or, idols 4I 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; 5And 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;1.5 by the…: or, to the LORD 6And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have not sought the LORD, nor enquired for him.
7Hold 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.1.7 bid: Heb. sanctified, or, prepared 8And 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.1.8 punish: Heb. visit upon 9In the same day also will I punish all those that leap on the threshold, which fill their masters’ houses with violence and deceit. 10And 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. 11Howl, ye inhabitants of Maktesh, for all the merchant people are cut down; all they that bear silver are cut off. 12And 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.1.12 settled: Heb. curded, or, thickened 13Therefore 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.
14The 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. 15That 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, 16A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers. 17And 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. 18Neither 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.
1Yehova anayankhula ndi Zefaniya mwana wa Kusi, mwana wa Gedaliya, mwana wa Amariya, mwana wa Hezekiya pa nthawi ya Yosiya, mwana wa Amoni, mfumu ya Yuda.
Yehova Adzaweruza Dziko Lapansi
2“Ndidzawononga kotheratu zinthu zonse
pa dziko lapansi,”
3“Ndidzawononga anthu pamodzi ndi nyama zomwe;
ndidzawononga mbalame zamlengalenga
ndi nsomba za mʼnyanja.
Ndidzawononga anthu oyipa,
ndipo ndidzafafaniza mtundu wa anthu pa dziko lonse lapansi,”
Chenjezo kwa Yuda
4Ndidzatambasula dzanja langa pa Yuda
ndi onse okhala mu Yerusalemu.
Ndidzawononga pamalo pano otsalira opembedza Baala,
mayina a anthu osapembedza pamodzi ndi ansembe a mafano:
5amene amagwada pa madenga a nyumba zawo
kupembedza zolengedwa zamumlengalenga,
amene amagwada ndi kulumbira mʼdzina la Yehova,
komanso mʼdzina la Moleki,
6amene abwerera mʼmbuyo osatsata Yehova,
osafunafuna kapena kupempha nzeru kwa Yehova.
7Khalani chete pamaso pa Ambuye Yehova,
chifukwa tsiku la Yehova layandikira.
Yehova wakonzekera kupereka nsembe;
wapatula iwo amene wawayitana.
8Pa tsiku la nsembe ya Yehova
ndi ana aamuna a mfumu
ndi onse amene amavala
9Pa tsiku limenelo ndidzalanga
onse amene safuna kuponda pa chiwundo,
amene amadzaza nyumba ya ambuye awo
ndi chiwawa ndi chinyengo.
10“Pa tsiku limenelo,” akutero Yehova,
“Kufuwula kwakukulu kudzamveka pa Chipata cha Nsomba,
kulira kwa chisoni kuchokera mʼChigawo Chatsopano,
ndi phokoso la kugumuka kochokera ku mapiri.
11Lirani mwachisoni, inu amene mumakhala kumene kuli msika;
a malonda anu onse adzapululidwa,
ndiponso onse amene ali ndi siliva adzawonongedwa.
12Pa nthawi imeneyo ndidzafufuzafufuza mu Yerusalemu ndi nyale
ndi kulanga onse amene sakulabadira,
amene ali ngati vinyo wosakhutchumulidwa,
amene amaganiza kuti, ‘Yehova sadzachita chilichonse,
chabwino kaya choyipa.’
13Chuma chawo chidzafunkhidwa,
nyumba zawo zidzagwetsedwa.
adzadzala minda ya mpesa
koma sadzamwako vinyo wake.”
Tsiku Lalikulu la Yehova
14Tsiku lalikulu la Yehova layandikira,
layandikira ndipo lifika msanga.
Tamverani! Kulira kwa pa tsiku la Yehova kudzakhala kowawa,
ngakhale munthu wolimba mtima adzalira kwambiri.
15Tsiku limenelo lidzakhala la ukali,
tsiku losautsa ndi lomvetsa chisoni,
tsiku la mavuto ndi la chiwonongeko,
tsiku la mdima ndi lachisoni,
tsiku la mitambo ndi la mdima wandiweyani.
16Tsiku loliza lipenga ndi la mfuwu wankhondo,
tsiku la kugwa kwa mizinda yotetezedwa
ndi nsanja za pa ngodya.
17Ndidzabweretsa msautso pa anthu
ndipo adzayenda ngati anthu osaona,
chifukwa achimwira Yehova,
magazi awo adzamwazika ngati fumbi
ndi mnofu wawo ngati ndowe.
18Ngakhale siliva wawo kapena golide wawo
pa tsiku la ukali wa Yehova.
Dziko lonse lapansi lidzanyeka
mʼmoto wa nsanje yake
chifukwa adzakantha modzidzimutsa
onse okhala pa dziko lapansi.