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Ch. 3; Ver. 10-17.

The deep uttered his voice,

And lifted up his hands on high.
The sun and moon stood still

In their habitation:

At the light of thine arrows they went,
And at the shining of thy glittering spear.

Thou didst march through the land in indignation,
Thou didst thresh the heathen in anger.

Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people,
Even for salvation with thine anointed;

Thou woundedst the head

Out of the house of the wicked,

By discovering the foundation unto the neck.
Thou didst strike through with his staves
The head of his villages:

They came out as a whirlwind

To scatter me:

Their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly.

Thou didst walk through the sea

With thine horses,

Through the heap of great waters.

When I heard, my belly trembled ;

My lips quivered at the voice:
Rottenness entered into my bones,
And I trembled in myself,

That I might rest in the day of trouble:
When he cometh up unto the people,
He will invade them with his troops.
Although the fig tree shall not blossom,

Neither shall fruit be in the vines ;
The labour of the olive shall fail,
And the fields shall yield no meat;
The flock shall be cut off from the fold,
And there shall be no herd in the stalls:
Yet I will rejoice in the LORD,

I will joy in the God of my salvation.
The LORD God is my strength,

And he will make my feet like hinds' feet,
And he will make me to walk

Upon mine high places.

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To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.

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Zephaniah

HE 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 Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah.

I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the LORD. I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumblingblocks with the wicked;

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God's and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the Day of LORD.

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I will also stretch out mine hand upon Judah, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarims with the priests; and them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship and that swear by the LORD, and that swear by Malcham; and them that are 10 turned back from the LORD; and those that have not sought the LORD, nor inquired for him.

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. 15 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 apparel. In the same day also will I punish all those that leap on the threshold, which fill their 20 masters' houses with violence and deceit. 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, and an howling from the second, and a great crashing from the hills. Howl, ye inhabitants of Maktesh, for 25 all the merchant people are cut down; all they that bear silver are cut off. 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: say in their heart, The LORD will not do good,

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neither will he do evil,

Therefore their goods shall The Day become a booty, and their houses a desolation: they of the shall also build houses, but not inhabit them; and they Lord is shall plant vineyards, but not drink the wine thereof. near 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.
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,
A day of the trumpet and alarm
Against the fenced cities,

And against the high towers.
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.

Neither their silver nor their gold

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Shall be able to deliver them

In the day of the LORD's 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.

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Which have wrought his judgment;
Seek righteousness, seek meekness:
may be ye shall be hid

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In the day of the LORD's anger.
For Gaza shall be forsaken,
And Ashkelon a desolation:
They shall drive out Ashdod
At the noon day,

And Ekron shall be rooted up.

Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast,

The nation of the Cherethites!

The word of the LORD is against you;

O Canaan, the land of the Philistines,
I will even destroy thee,

That there shall be no inhabitant.
And the sea coast shall be dwellings
And cottages for shepherds,

And folds for flocks.

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