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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.

  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.

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Sofonías 1

1Esta es la palabra del Señor, que vino a Sofonías hijo de Cusí, hijo de Guedalías, hijo de Amarías, hijo de Ezequías, durante el reinado de Josías hijo de Amón, rey de Judá:

Advertencia sobre la destrucción venidera

«Arrasaré por completo
    cuanto hay sobre la faz de la tierra
            —afirma el Señor—.
Arrasaré con hombres y animales,
    con las aves del cielo,
    con los peces del mar,
    con ídolos e impíos por igual.[a]

»Exterminaré al hombre
    de sobre la faz de la tierra
            —afirma el Señor—.

Juicio contra Judá

»Extenderé mi mano contra Judá
    y contra todos los habitantes de Jerusalén.
Exterminaré de este lugar todo rastro de Baal,
    y hasta el nombre de sus sacerdotes;[b]
a los que en las azoteas se postran en adoración
    ante las estrellas del cielo,
a los que, postrados en adoración,
    juran lealtad al Señor,
    y al mismo tiempo a Moloc,[c]
a los que se apartan del Señor,
    y no lo buscan ni lo consultan.
¡Silencio ante el Señor omnipotente,
    porque cercano está el día del Señor;
ha preparado el Señor un sacrificio
    y ha purificado a sus invitados!
En el día del sacrificio del Señor
    castigaré a los funcionarios y oficiales del rey,
    y a cuantos se visten según modas extrañas.
En aquel día castigaré
    a cuantos evitan pisar el umbral,[d]
a los que llenan de violencia y engaño
    la casa de sus dioses.[e]

10 »Aquel día se oirán gritos de auxilio,
    desde la puerta del Pescado,
    gemidos desde el Barrio Nuevo,
    y gran quebranto desde las colinas
            —afirma el Señor—.

11 »¡Giman, habitantes del Barrio del Mercado![f]
    Aniquilados serán todos sus mercaderes,
    exterminados cuantos comercian con plata.
12 En aquel tiempo registraré Jerusalén con lámparas
    para castigar a los que reposan tranquilos
    como vino en su sedimento,
a los que piensan: “El Señor no va a hacer nada,
    ni para bien ni para mal”.
13 En botín se convertirán sus riquezas,
    sus casas en desolación:
“Edificarán casas,
    pero no las habitarán;
plantarán viñas,
    pero del vino no beberán”.

El gran día del Señor

14 »Ya se acerca el gran día del Señor;
    a toda prisa se acerca.
El estruendo del día del Señor será amargo,
    y aun el más valiente gritará.
15 Día de ira será aquel día,
    día de acoso y angustia,
día de devastación y ruina,
    día de tinieblas y penumbra,
día de niebla y densos nubarrones,
16     día de trompeta y grito de batalla
contra las ciudades fortificadas,
    contra los altos bastiones.
17 De tal manera acosaré a los hombres
    que andarán como ciegos,
    porque pecaron contra el Señor.
Su sangre será derramada como polvo
    y sus entrañas como estiércol.
18 No los podrán librar
    ni su plata ni su oro
    en el día de la ira del Señor.
En el fuego de su celo
    será toda la tierra consumida;
en un instante reducirá a la nada
    a todos los habitantes de la tierra».

  1. 1:3 con ídolos e impíos por igual. Texto de difícil traducción.
  2. 1:4 de sus sacerdotes (LXX); de los sacerdotes paganos con los sacerdotes (TM).
  3. 1:5 Moloc. Lit. Malcán; es decir, Milcón.
  4. 1:9 evitan pisar el umbral. Alusión a una práctica supersticiosa; véase 1S 5:5.
  5. 1:9 la casa de sus dioses. Alt. el palacio de su señor.
  6. 1:11 Mercado. Alt. Mortero.