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Chapter 1

1 The word/'doctrinal communication' {dabar} of Jehovah/God
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.

2 "I will utterly consume all things from off the land,"
said Jehovah/God.

3 "I will consume man and animal/beast.

I will consume the fowls of the heaven,
and the fishes of the sea,
and the stumbling-blocks with the wicked.

And I will cut off man from off the land," said Jehovah/God.

4 "I will also stretch out My 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. 5

And those who worship the host of heaven upon the housetops
and those who worship
and who swear by Jehovah/God,
and who swear by Moloch.
  { melek - name means king, but Moloch was a false god} 6

And those who are turned back from Jehovah/God.
  {negative volition to God and His Word}

And those who have not sought Jehovah/God . . .
nor inquired for Him.

7 Hold your peace
at the presence of the Lord/'Adonay Jehovah/God . . .
for the day of Jehovah/God is at hand . . .
for Jehovah/God has prepared a sacrifice . . .
He has bid His guests.

8 And 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.

9 In the same day also
I will punish all those who leap on the threshold,
who fill their masters' houses with violence and deceit.

10 And it shall come to pass in that day,
said Jehovah/God,
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.

11 Howl, all you inhabitants of Maktesh,
for all the merchant people are cut down.

All those who bear silver are cut off.

12 And it shall come to pass at that time,
that I will search Jerusalem with candles,
and punish the men who are settled on their lees . . .
who say in their heart/'right lobe',
"Jehovah/God will not do good . . . neither will He do evil."

13 Therefore 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.

14~~Near is the great day of Jehovah/God.

Near and coming very quickly.

Listen carefully, you can hear it.

The cry of the day of Jehovah/God will be bitter.

The shouting of the warrior will be there.

{Note: See also Revelation Chapter 6:17 - Verses 14-18}

15~~That day will be a day of wrath.

A day of distress and anguish.

A day of trouble and ruin.

A day of darkness and gloom.

A day of clouds and blackness.

16~~ A day of the trumpet {battle cry}
and battle cry against fortified cities
and against castled towns.

I will bring distress upon all the people.

And, they will walk like blind men,
because they have sinned against Jehovah/God.

And their blood will be poured out on the dust,
and their entrails will be like dung.

18~~Neither their silver nor their gold
shall be able to deliver them on the day of Jehovah/God 's wrath.

In the fire
  {reference to the Baptism of Fire - Judgement Day}
of His zeal,
the entire world will be consumed with it.

For He shall make a sudden end of all those {unbelievers}
who live on the earth.


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