The Message

Zephaniah 1

No Longer Giving God a Thought or a Prayer

1God’s Message to Zephaniah son of Cushi, son of Gedaliah, son of Amariah, son of Hezekiah. It came during the reign of Josiah son of Amon, who was king of Judah:

“I’m going to make a clean sweep of the earth,
    a thorough housecleaning.” God’s Decree.

“Men and women and animals,
    including birds and fish—
Anything and everything that causes sin—will go,
    but especially people.

4-6 “I’ll start with Judah
    and everybody who lives in Jerusalem.
I’ll sweep the place clean of every trace
    of the sex-and-religion Baal shrines and their priests.
I’ll get rid of the people who sneak up to their rooftops at night
    to worship the star gods and goddesses;
Also those who continue to worship God
    but cover their bases by worshiping other king-gods as well;
Not to mention those who’ve dumped God altogether,
    no longer giving him a thought or offering a prayer.

7-13 “Quiet now!
    Reverent silence before me, God, the Master!
Time’s up. My Judgment Day is near:
    The Holy Day is all set, the invited guests made holy.
On the Holy Day, God’s Judgment Day,
    I will punish the leaders and the royal sons;
I will punish those who dress up like foreign priests and priestesses,
    Who introduce pagan prayers and practices;
And I’ll punish all who import pagan superstitions
    that turn holy places into hellholes.
Judgment Day!” God’s Decree!
    “Cries of panic from the city’s Fish Gate,
Cries of terror from the city’s Second Quarter,
    sounds of great crashing from the hills!
Wail, you shopkeepers on Market Street!
    Moneymaking has had its day. The god Money is dead.
On Judgment Day,
    I’ll search through every closet and alley in Jerusalem.
I’ll find and punish those who are sitting it out, fat and lazy,
    amusing themselves and taking it easy,
Who think, ‘God doesn’t do anything, good or bad.
    He isn’t involved, so neither are we.’
But just wait. They’ll lose everything they have,
    money and house and land.
They’ll build a house and never move in.
    They’ll plant vineyards and never taste the wine.

A Day of Darkness at Noon

14-18 “The Great Judgment Day of God is almost here.
    It’s countdown time: . . . seven, six, five, four . . .
Bitter and noisy cries on my Judgment Day,
    even strong men screaming for help.
Judgment Day is payday—my anger paid out:
    a day of distress and anguish,
    a day of catastrophic doom,
    a day of darkness at noon,
    a day of black storm clouds,
    a day of bloodcurdling war cries,
    as forts are assaulted,
    as defenses are smashed.
I’ll make things so bad they won’t know what hit them.
    They’ll walk around groping like the blind.
    They’ve sinned against God!
Their blood will be poured out like old dishwater,
    their guts shoveled into slop buckets.
Don’t plan on buying your way out.
    Your money is worthless for this.
This is the Day of God’s Judgment—my wrath!
    I care about sin with fiery passion—
A fire to burn up the corrupted world,
    a wildfire finish to the corrupting people.”

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