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.”

Endagaano Enkadde nʼEndagaano Empya

Zeffaniya 1

1Ekigambo kya Mukama ekyajjira Zeffaniya mutabani wa Kuusi, muzzukulu wa Gedaliya, muzzukulu wa Amaliya, muzzukulu wa Keezeekiya, mu mirembe gya Yosiya mutabani wa Amoni, Kabaka wa Yuda.

Okulabula kw’Omusango n’Okuzikirizibwa kwa Yuda

“Ndizikiririza ddala byonna okuva ku nsi,” bw’ayogera Mukama.
“Ndizikiriza abantu wamu n’ensolo;
    ndizikiriza ebinyonyi eby’omu bbanga
    n’ebyennyanja;
ababi balisigaza ntuumu ya kafakalimbo;
    bwe ndimalawo abantu okuva ku nsi,”
    bw’ayogera Mukama.
Ndigololera ku Yuda omukono gwange,
    era ne ku abo bonna abali mu Yerusaalemi;
era ekitundu kya Baali ekifisseewo n’ennyumba ya Bakemali,
    bakabona abasinza ebifaananyi, ndibazikiriza okuva mu kifo kino,
abo abavuunamira eggye ery’omu ggulu
    ku nnyumba waggulu,
ne balisinza n’abo abalayira mu linnya lya Mukama,
    ate nga balayira ne mu linnya lya Malukamu,
abo abadda emabega obutagoberera Mukama,
    wadde abo abatamunoonya newaakubadde okumwebuuzaako.

Siriikirira awali Mukama Katonda,
    kubanga olunaku lwa Mukama luli kumpi.
Mukama ategese ssaddaaka,
    era atukuzizza abagenyi be.

Ku lunaku olwa ssaddaaka ya Mukama,
    ndibonereza abakungu
    n’abaana ba Kabaka,
n’abo bonna abambadde
    ebyambalo ebitasaana.
Awo ku lunaku olwo ndibonereza
    abo bonna abeewala okulinnya ku muziziko,
n’abo abajjuza ennyumba ya Mukama waabwe
    ebikolwa eby’obukambwe n’obulimba.

10 Ku lunaku olwo, bw’ayogera Mukama,
    eddoboozi ery’okukaaba liriwulikika ku Mulyango ogw’Ebyennyanja,
    okukaaba okuva ku luuyi olwokubiri,
    n’okubwatuka okunene okuva ku nsozi.
11 Mwekaabireko, mmwe abali mu matwale g’akatale;
    abasuubuzi bammwe bonna zibasanze,
    n’abo abeebinika ffeeza balizikirizibwa.
12 Awo olulituuka mu biro ebyo ndimulisa Yerusaalemi n’ettabaaza nga nnoonya,
    mbonereze abo bonna abalagajjavu
    abali ng’omwenge ogutanasengejjebwa,
abalowooza nti Mukama
    talibaako ne ky’akolawo.
13 Obugagga bwabwe bulinyagibwa,
    n’ennyumba zaabwe zimenyebwemenyebwe.
Ne bwe balizimba ennyumba
    tebalizituulamu,
era balisimba ennimiro ez’emizabbibu nazo
    tebalinywa wayini wamu.

Olunaku lwa Mukama Olukulu

14 Olunaku lwa Mukama olukulu luli kumpi;
    ddala lunaatera okutuuka.
Wuliriza! Omulwanyi alikaabira eyo ng’aliko obuyinike bungi,
    n’okukaaba ku lunaku lwa Mukama kujja kuba kungi nnyo.
15 Olunaku olwo lunaku lwa busungu,
    lunaku lwa buyinike n’okulaba ennaku,
lunaku lwa mutawaana n’okuzikirira,
    olunaku olw’ekikome n’ekizikiza,
    olunaku lw’ebire n’ekizikiza ekikutte ennyo;
16 olunaku olw’okufuuwa ekkondeere n’okulangirira olutalo
    ku bibuga ebiriko ebigo
    n’eri eminaala emigulumivu.

17 Ndireeta, obuyinike ku bantu,
    batambule ng’abazibe b’amaaso,
    kubanga bakoze ebibi mu maaso ga Mukama,
omusaayi gwabwe guliyiyibwa ng’enfuufu,
    n’ebyenda byabwe bivundire kungulu.
18 Effeeza yaabwe ne zaabu yaabwe
    tebiriyinza kubataasa
    ku lunaku olw’obusungu bwa Mukama.

Ensi yonna erizikirizibwa
    omuliro gw’obuggya bwe,
era alimalirawo ddala
    abo bonna abali mu nsi.