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Zephaniah 3:14-20 – The Singing God, The Quiet Lover

Zephaniah 3:14-20
The final section of Zephaniah begins with a call to ‘pure-lip-people’ to sing loudly with joyful hearts. The reason for this joyful singing is that the LORD has taken away the judgments against us – sin’s consequences have been removed – and the King of Israel is in our midst…

Zephaniah 3:9-13 – A regenerated people

Zephaniah 3:9-13
The great future restoration that God brings about in his people is regeneration. Regeneration is re-creation, to make new. In 3:9 God will cause people to have a pure lip and one shoulder. To have a pure lip means that people’s words will be pleasing and acceptable to God –…

Zephaniah 2:1-3:8 – Judgment on all nations

Zephaniah 2:1-3:8
Before the Day of Yahweh and his burning anger comes on all nations, people should gather together to seek the LORD, to humble themselves and to strive to obey God’s commands. Doing this means that one might be hidden on the day of the anger of the LORD. Interestingly the…

Zephaniah 1:7-18 – The Day of Yahweh

Zephaniah 1:7-18
Zephaniah tells us about God’s wrath in terms of a coming Day of Yahweh. It is a day in which people will be silent before the LORD as they face a comprehensive, unavoidable, and terrifying judgment. Zephaniah begins by giving us a description of who in Judah will be first…

Zephaniah 1:1-6 – The sweeping away all the earth

Zephaniah 1:1-6
The prophet Zephaniah was from the royal family of Judah. He was probably a distant cousin of the young king, Josiah (aged 8). It was during the reign of Josiah (aged 26) that the book of Deuteronomy was rediscovered in the partially abandoned temple of the LORD. Josiah led a…