Chapter One

  1. THE WORD of the ⟨Lord⟩ which came un­to Zeph-‍a-‍ni‍‍-‍ah the son of Cu‍‍-‍shi, the son of Ged-‍a-‍li‍‍-‍ah, the son of Am-‍a-‍ri‍‍-‍ah, the son of Hiz-‍ki‍‍-‍ah, in the days of Jo-‍si‍‍-‍ah the son of Amon, king of Judah.
  2. I will ut­ter­ly con­sume all things from off the land, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩.
  3. I will con­sume man and beast; I will con­sume the fowls of the‍ ‍(first) heav­en, and the fish­es of the sea, and the stum­bling­blocks with the wick­ed; and I will cut off man from off the land, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩.
  4. I will al­so stretch out mine hand up­on Ju­dah, and up­on all the in­hab­i­tants of Je­ru­sa­lem; and I will cut off the rem­nant of Ba‍‍-‍al from this place, and the name of the Chem‍‍-‍a-‍rims with the priests;
  5. And them that wor­ship the host of‍ ‍(the sec­ond) heav­en up­on the house­tops; and them that wor­ship and that swear by the ⟨Lord⟩, and that swear by Mal‍‍-‍cham;
  6. And them that are turned back from the ⟨Lord⟩; and those that have not sought the ⟨Lord⟩, nor en­quired for him.
  7. Hold thy peace at the pres­ence of the ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨God⟩: for the day 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 ⟨Lords⟩ sac­ri­fice, that I will pun­ish the prin­ces, and the kings chil­dren, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel.
  9. In the same day al­so I will pun­ish all those that leap on 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 gate‍ ‍(of Je­ru­sa­lem), and an howl­ing from the sec­ond‍ ‍(gate), and a great crash­ing from the hills.
  11. Howl, ye in­hab­i­tants of Mak‍‍-‍tesh, 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 set­tled on their lees: that say in their heart, The ⟨Lord⟩ 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. The great day 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 des­o­la­tion, a day of dark­ness and gloom­i­ness, a day of clouds and thick darkness,
  16. A day of the trum­pet and alarm against the fenced cities, 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 ⟨Lords⟩ wrath; but the whole land shall be de­voured by the fire of his jeal­ousy; for he shall make even a speedy rid­dance of all them that dwell in the land.
Chapter Two
  1. GATHER YOURSELVES to­geth­er, yea, gath­er to­geth­er, O‍ ‍na­tion not desired;
  2. Before the de­cree bring forth, be­fore the day pass as the chaff, be­fore the fierce an­ger of the ⟨Lord⟩ come up­on you, be­fore the day of the ⟨Lords⟩ an­ger come up­on you.
  3. ⟨•Seek ye the ⟨Lord⟩, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judg­ment; seek righ­teous­ness, seek meek­ness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the ⟨Lords⟩ an­ger.•⟩
  4. For Ga‍‍-‍za shall be for­sak­en, and Ash‍‍-‍ke-‍lon a des­o­la­tion: they shall drive out Ash‍‍-‍dod at the noon day, and Ek‍‍-‍ron shall be root­ed up.
  5. Woe un­to the in­hab­i­tants of the sea coast, the na­tion of the Cher‍‍-‍e-‍thites! the word of the ⟨Lord⟩ is against you; O‍ ‍Canaan, the land of the Phi-‍lis‍‍-‍tines, I will even de­stroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant.
  6. And the sea coast shall be dwell­ings and cot­tag­es for shep­herds, and folds for flocks.
  7. And the coast shall be for the rem­nant of the house of Ju­dah; they shall feed there­up­on: in the hous­es of Ash‍‍-‍ke-‍lon shall they lie down in the eve­ning: for the ⟨Lord⟩ their ⟨God⟩ shall vis­it them, and turn away their captivity.
  8. I have heard the re­proach of Mo­ab, and the re­vil­ings of the chil­dren of Am­mon, where­by they have re­proached my peo­ple, and mag­ni­fied them­selves against their border.
  9. Therefore as I live, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts, the ⟨God⟩ of Is­ra­el, Sure­ly Mo­ab shall be as Sod­om, and the chil­dren of Am­mon as Go-‍mor‍‍-‍rah, even the breed­ing of net­tles, and salt­pits, and a per­pet­u­al des­o­la­tion: the res­i­due of my peo­ple shall spoil them, and the rem­nant of my peo­ple shall pos­sess them. []

  1. This shall they have for their pride, be­cause they have re­proached and mag­ni­fied them­selves against the peo­ple of the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts.
  2. The ⟨Lord⟩ will be ter­ri­ble un­to them: for he will fam­ish all the gods of the earth; and men shall wor­ship him, ev­ery one from his place, even all the isles of the heathen.
  3. Ye E-‍thi-‍o‍‍-‍pi-‍ans al­so, ye shall be slain by my sword.
  4. And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and de­stroy As­sy­ria; and will make Nin‍‍-‍e-‍veh a des­o­la­tion, and dry like a wilderness.
  5. And flocks shall lie down in the midst of her, all the beasts of the na­tions: both the cor­mor­ant and the bit­tern shall lodge in the up­per lin­tels of it; their voice shall sing in the win­dows; des­o­la­tion shall be in the thresh­olds: for he shall un­cov­er the ce­dar work.
  6. This is the re­joic­ing city that dwelt care­less­ly, that said in her heart, ⟨•am, and there is none be­side me:•⟩ how is she be­come a des­o­la­tion, a place for beasts to lie down in! ev­ery one that pass­eth by her shall hiss, and wag his hand.
Chapter Three
  1. WOE TO HER that is fil­thy and pol­lut­ed, to the op­press­ing city!
  2. She obeyed not the (⟨Lords⟩) voice; she re­ceived not cor­rec­tion; she trust­ed not in the ⟨Lord⟩; she drew not near to her ⟨God⟩.
  3. Her prin­ces with­in her‍ ‍(ovaries)are roar­ing li­ons; her judg­es are eve­ning wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow.
  4. Her proph­ets are light and treach­er­ous per­sons: her priests have pol­lut­ed the sanc­tu­ary, they have done vio­lence to the law.
  5. The just ⟨Lord⟩ is in the midst there­of; he will not do in­iq­ui­ty: ev­ery morn­ing doth he bring his judg­ment to light, he fail­eth not; but the un­just know­eth no shame.
  6. I have cut off the na­tions: their tow­ers are des­o­late; I made their streets waste, that none pass­eth by: their cities are de­stroyed, so that there is no man, that there is none inhabitant.
  7. I said, Sure­ly thou wilt fear me, thou wilt re­ceive in­struc­tion; so their dwell­ing should not be cut off, how­so­ever I pun­ished them: but they rose ear­ly, and cor­rupt­ed all their doings.
  8. Therefore wait ye up­on me, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩, un­til the day that I rise up to the prey: for my de­ter­mi­na­tion is to gath­er the na­tions, that I may as­sem­ble the king­doms, to pour up­on them mine in­dig­na­tion, even all my fierce an­ger: for all the earth shall be de­voured with the fire of my jealousy.
  9. ⟨•For then will I turn to the peo­ple(s)a pure lan­guage, that they may all call up­on the name of the ⟨Lord⟩, to serve him with one consent.•⟩
  10. From be­yond the riv­ers of E-‍thi-‍o‍‍-‍pi-‍a my sup­pli­ants, even the daugh­ter of my dis­persed, shall bring mine offering.
  11. In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy do­ings, where­in thou hast trans­gressed against me: for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that re­joice in thy pride, and thou shalt no more be haugh­ty be­cause of my holy mountain.
  12. I will al­so leave in the midst of thee an af­flict­ed and poor peo­ple, and they shall trust in the name of the ⟨Lord⟩.
  13. The rem­nant of Is­ra­el shall not do in­iq­ui­ty, nor speak lies; nei­ther shall a de­ceit­ful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.
  14. Sing, O‍ ‍daugh­ter of Zion; shout, O‍ ‍Is­ra­el; be glad and re­joice with all the heart, O‍ ‍daugh­ter of Jerusalem.
  15. The ⟨Lord⟩ hath tak­en away thy judg­ments, he hath cast out thine en­e­my: the king of Is­ra­el, even the ⟨Lord⟩, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more.
  16. In that day it shall be said to Je­ru­sa­lem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack.
  17. The ⟨Lord⟩ thy ⟨God⟩ in the midst of thee is migh­ty; he will save, he will re­joice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.
  18. I will gath­er them that are sor­row­ful for the sol­emn as­sem­bly, who are of thee, to whom the re­proach of it was a bur­den.
  19. Behold, at that time I will un­do all that af­flict thee: and I will save her that halt­eth, and gath­er her that was driv­en out; and I will get them praise and fame in ev­ery land where they have been put to shame.
  20. At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gath­er you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all peo­ple of the earth, when I turn back your cap­tiv­ity be­fore your eyes, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩.
"precept upon precept; line upon line" . . . - For knowledge shall cease and wisdom fail, but understanding remaineth (if gained from the former).