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          DASV: Zephaniah 1    

1 The word of the LORD which came to Zephaniah the son of Cushi,
      the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah,
     in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah.

2 "I will completely sweep away all things
      from the face of the earth," says the LORD.
3 "I will sweep away humans and animals;
     I will sweep away the birds of the heavens,
           and the fish of the sea,
      and the idolatrous stumbling blocks with the wicked.
          I will cut off humans from the face of the earth,"
                says the LORD.

4 "I will stretch out my hand against Judah,
          and against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
      I will cut off every last bit of Baal from this place,
           along with the memory of the idolatrous priests.
5 Those who worship the host of heaven on the rooftops;
     those who worship and swear to the LORD
           but also swear by Molech;
6 those who have turned back from following the LORD;
     those who have not sought the LORD,
           or inquired of him.
7 Hold your peace at the presence of the sovereign LORD,
          for the day of the LORD is near.
     The LORD has prepared a sacrifice;
          he has consecrated his guests.
8 On the day of the LORD's sacrifice,
     I will punish the princes and the king's sons,
           and all who dress themselves with foreign clothes.
9 On that day I will punish all those that leap over the threshold,
     who fill their master's house with violence and deceit.
10 On that day," says the LORD,
     "there will be the sound of a cry from the fish gate,
           and a wailing from the New Quarter,
                and a loud crashing from the hills.
11 Wail, you inhabitants of the market place,
     for all the traders are annihilated,
           all those who weigh out silver are cut off.
12 At that time, I will search Jerusalem with lamps.
     I will punish those who are complacent,
      who say in their heart,
     'The LORD will not do good,
           nor will he do damage.'
13 Their wealth will become plunder,
          their houses destroyed.
      They will build houses,
          but never live in them.
      They will plant vineyards,
          but never drink its wine.

14 The great day of the LORD is near;
          it is near and coming quickly.
      The sound of the day of the LORD is bitter;
          even the mighty warrior will cry out.
15 That day will be a day of wrath,
     a day of trouble and distress,
     a day of ruin and devastation,
      a day of darkness and gloom,
      a day of clouds and thick darkness,
16 a day of the trumpet and battle cry,
      against the fortified cities
      and against the corner towers.
17 I will bring distress upon people,
      so that they will walk like the blind,
      because they have sinned against the LORD.
      Their blood will be poured out like dust,
           and their flesh like excrement.
18 Their silver and their gold will be unable
          to rescue them in the day of the LORD's wrath.
      The whole earth will be consumed by the fire of his jealousy.
      For he will make an end, a sudden end,
          of all who live on the earth."

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