The Judgment of the Lord

From the beginning of the book of the prophet Zephaniah

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.

I will completely sweep away all things
from the face of the earth, says the Lord.
I will sweep away man and beast,
I will sweep away the birds of the sky,
and the fishes of the sea.
I will overthrow the wicked;
I will destroy 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;
I will destroy from this place the last vestige of Baal,
the very names of his priests.
And those who adore the host of heaven on the roofs,
with those who adore the Lord
but swear by Milcom;
And those who have fallen away from the Lord,
and those who do not seek the Lord.

Silence in the presence of the Lord God!
for near is the day of the Lord,
Yes, the Lord has prepared a slaughter feast,
he has consecrated his guests.
Near is the great day of the Lord,
near and very swiftly coming,
Hark, the day of the Lord!
bitter, then, the warrior’s cry.
A day of wrath is that day
a day of anguish and distress,
A day of destruction and desolation,
a day of darkness and gloom,
A day of thick black clouds,
a day of trumpet blasts and battle alarm
Against fortified cities,
against battlements on high.

I will hem men in
till they walk like the blind,
because they have sinned against the Lord;
And their blood shall be poured out like dust,
and their brains like dung.
Neither their silver nor their gold
shall be able to save them
on the day of the Lord’s wrath,
When in the fire of his jealousy
all the earth shall be consumed.
For he shall make an end, yes, a sudden end,
of all who live on the earth.

Gather, gather yourselves together,
O nation without shame!
Before you are driven away,
like chaff that passes on;
Before there comes upon you
the blazing anger of the Lord;
Before there comes upon you
the day of the Lord’s anger.
Seek the Lord, all you humble of the earth,
who have observed his law;
Seek justice, seek humility;
perhaps you may be sheltered
on the day of the Lord’s anger.