1 The word of the Lord which came unto Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hizkiah, in the days of a the son of Amon, king of Judah.
2 I will utterly a all things from off the land, saith the Lord.
3 I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the a with the wicked; and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the Lord.
4 I will also a out mine 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 b with the priests;
5 And them that worship the host of heaven upon the a; and them that worship and that swear by the Lord, and that swear by b;
6 And them that are a back from the Lord; and those that have not sought the Lord, nor inquired for him.
7 a thy peace at the presence of the Lord God: for the b of the Lord is at hand: for the Lord hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath 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 a.
9 In the same day also will I punish all those that leap a the threshold, which fill their masters’ houses with violence and deceit.
10 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord, that there shall be the noise of a cry from the fish a, and an howling from b, and a great crashing from the hills.
11 Howl, ye inhabitants of a, for all the merchant people are cut down; all they that 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 that are a on their b: that say in their heart, The Lord will c do good, neither will he do evil.
13 Therefore their goods shall become a booty, and their houses a desolation: they shall also a houses, but not inhabit them; and they shall b vineyards, but not drink the wine thereof.
14 The a of the Lord is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the Lord: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.
15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and a, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,
16 A day of the a and alarm against the b, and against the high towers.
17 And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the Lord: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung.
18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord’s wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the a of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.
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