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.
11:1 2Fal 22:1; 2Tim 3:16; 2Pet 1:21; 1Nya 3:14Neno la Bwana lililomjia Sefania mwana wa Kushi, mwana wa Gedalia, mwana wa Amaria, mwana wa Hezekia, wakati wa utawala wa Yosia mwana wa Amoni mfalme wa Yuda:
Onyo La Maangamizi Yanayokuja
21:2 Mwa 6:7Bwana asema,
“Nitafagia kila kitu
kutoka kwenye uso wa dunia.”
31:3 Yer 4:25; 50:3; Hos 4:3; Eze 14:17“Nitafagilia mbali watu na wanyama;
nitafagilia mbali ndege wa angani
na samaki wa baharini.
Wafanyao maovu watapata tu kokoto,
nami nitamkatilia mbali mwanadamu atoke katika dunia,”
Dhidi Ya Yuda
41:4 Yer 6:12; 15:6; Mik 5:13; Sef 2:11; Hos 10:5“Nitaiadhibu Yuda
na wote wakaao Yerusalemu.
Kutoka mahali hapa nitakatilia mbali
kila mabaki ya Baali,
majina ya wapagani na makuhani
51:5 Yer 5:7; 8:2; 1Fal 11:33; Law 18:21wale ambao husujudu juu ya mapaa
kuabudu jeshi la vitu vya angani,
wale ambao husujudu na kuapa kwa Bwana
na ambao pia huapa kwa Malkamu,
61:6 Yer 2:13; Isa 9:13; Hos 7:7wale wanaoacha kumfuata Bwana,
wala hawamtafuti Bwana
wala kutaka shauri lake.
71:7 Isa 13:6; 41:1; Eze 7:19; Yoe 3:14; Amo 5:18-20; Yer 46:10Nyamazeni mbele za Bwana Mwenyezi,
kwa maana siku ya Bwana iko karibu.
Bwana ameandaa dhabihu,
amewaweka wakfu wale aliowaalika.
81:8 Isa 24:21; Yer 39:6Katika siku ya dhabihu ya Bwana
na wana wa mfalme
na wale wote wanaovaa
nguo za kigeni.
91:9 1Sam 5:5; Amo 3:10Katika siku hiyo nitaadhibu wote ambao
hukwepa kukanyaga kizingiti,
ambao hujaza hekalu la miungu yao
kwa dhuluma na udanganyifu.”
101:10 Isa 22:5; Neh 3:13; 2Nya 33:14; Amo 5:16Bwana asema, “Katika siku hiyo
kilio kitapanda juu kutoka lango la Samaki,
maombolezo kutoka mtaa wa pili,
na mshindo mkubwa kutoka vilimani.
111:11 Yak 5:1; Hos 9:6; Ufu 18:11, 12Ombolezeni, ninyi mnaoishi katika eneo la sokoni;
wafanyabiashara wenu wote wameangamizwa,
wote ambao wanafanya biashara ya fedha
121:12 Amo 6:1; Ay 21:15; Za 10:11-13; Yer 48:11; Eze 8:12; 2Fal 21:16; Ay 22:13Wakati huo nitasaka mji wa Yerusalemu kwa taa,
na kuwaadhibu wale ambao
wanakaa katika hali ya kuridhika,
ambao ni kama divai
iliyobaki kwenye machicha,
ambao hudhani, ‘Bwana hatafanya lolote,
jema au baya.’
131:13 2Fal 24:13; Yer 15:13; Mik 6:15; Kum 28:30-39; Mao 5:2; Amo 5:11Utajiri wao utatekwa nyara,
nyumba zao zitabomolewa.
lakini hawataishi ndani yake;
lakini hawatakunywa divai yake.
Siku Kubwa Ya Bwana
141:14 Yer 30:7; Ufu 6:17; Yoe 1:15; 2:1; Mal 4:5; Eze 7:7; Dan 7:13“Siku kubwa ya Bwana iko karibu:
iko karibu na inakuja haraka.
Sikilizeni! Kilio katika siku ya Bwana
hata shujaa atapiga kelele.
151:15 1Sam 2:9; Mk 13:24-25; Yoe 2:2Siku ile ni siku ya ghadhabu,
siku ya fadhaa na dhiki,
siku ya uharibifu na ukiwa,
siku ya giza na utusitusi,
siku ya mawingu na giza nene,
161:16 Yer 4:19; 8:16; Hos 5:8; Amo 3:6; Kum 28:52; Isa 2:15siku ya tarumbeta na mlio wa vita
dhidi ya miji yenye ngome
na dhidi ya minara mirefu.
171:17 Kum 28:52; Isa 59:10; Yer 9:22; Za 79:3; 83:10Nitawaletea watu dhiki,
nao watatembea kama vipofu,
kwa sababu wametenda dhambi
dhidi ya Bwana.
Damu yao itamwagwa kama vumbi
na matumbo yao kama taka.
181:18 Ay 20:20; 40:11; Eze 7:11; 7:19; Kum 29:20; Sef 3:8; Mwa 6:7Fedha yao wala dhahabu yao
katika siku hiyo ya ghadhabu ya Bwana.
Katika moto wa wivu wake
dunia yote itateketezwa,
kwa maana ataleta mwisho
wa wote wanaoishi katika dunia ghafula.”