The Book of


Chapter 1

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

“I will utterly sweep away everything

from the face of the earth,” says the Lord.

“I will sweep away man and beast;

I will sweep away the birds of the air

and the fish of the sea.

I will overthrowa the wicked;

I will cut off mankind

from the face of the earth,” says the Lord.

“I will stretch out my hand against Judah,

and against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem;

and I will cut off from this place the remnant of Baal

and the name of the idolatrous priests;*

those who bow down on the roofs

to the host of the heavens;

those who bow down and swear to the Lord

and yet swear by Milcom;

those who have turned back from following the Lord,

who do not seek the Lord or inquire of him.”

Be silent before the Lord GOD!

For the day of the Lord is at hand;

the Lord has prepared a sacrifice

and consecrated his guests.

And on the day of the Lord’s sacrifice—

“I will punish the officials and the king’s sons

and all who array themselves in foreign attire.

On that day I will punish

every one who leaps over the threshold,

and those who fill their master’s house

with violence and fraud.”

10 “On that day,” says the Lord,

a cry will be heard from the Fish Gate,

a wail from the Second Quarter,

a loud crash from the hills.

11 Wail, O inhabitants of the Mortar!

For all the traders are no more;

all who weigh out silver are cut off.

12 At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps,

and I will punish the men

who are thickening upon their lees,

those who say in their hearts,

‘The Lord will not do good,

nor will he do ill.’

13 Their goods shall be plundered,

and their houses laid waste.

Though they build houses,

they shall not inhabit them;

though they plant vineyards,

they shall not drink wine from them.”

14 The great day of the Lord is near,

near and hastening fast;

the sound of the day of the Lord is bitter,

the mighty man cries aloud there.

15 A day of wrath is that day,

a day of distress and anguish,

a day of ruin and devastation,

a day of darkness and gloom,

a day of clouds and thick darkness,

16 a day of trumpet blast and battle cry

against the fortified cities

and against the lofty battlements.

17 I will bring distress on men,

so that they shall walk like the blind,

because they have sinned against the Lord;

their blood shall be poured out like dust,

and their flesh like dung.

18 Neither their silver nor their gold

shall be able to deliver them

on the day of the wrath of the Lord.

In the fire of his jealous wrath,

all the earth shall be consumed;

for a full, yea, sudden end

he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth.


About The Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition

This edition of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible has been prepared for use by Catholics by a committee of the Catholic Biblical Association of Great Britain. It is an authorized revision of the American Standard Version, published in 1901.


The Catholic Edition of the New Testament, copyright Copyright 1965; The Catholic Edition of the Old Testament, incorporating the Apocrypha, copyright Copyright 1966 Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America.

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