God's severe judgment against Judah for divers sins.
Zephaniah 1:1 This is the worde of þe Lord, which cam vnto Sophony the sonne of Chusi, the sonne of Gedoliah, þe sonne of Amariah, the sonne of Hezekiah in the tyme of Iosiah the sonne of Amon kyng of Iuda. Zephaniah 1:2 I wyll gather vp all thynges in þe lande (sayeth the Lord) Zephaniah 1:3 I wyll gather vp man & beast: I wyll gather vp the foules in þe ayre and the fysh in the see (to þe greate decaye of the wycked) and wyll vtterly destroye the men out of the lande, sayeth þe Lord. Zephaniah 1:4 I will stretch oute myne hande vpon Iuda, & vpon all soch as dwell at Ierusalem. Thus will I rote oute þe remnaunt of Baal from this place, & the names of the Remurins and prestes: Zephaniah 1:5 yee, & soch as vpon their house toppes worshyppe and bowe them selues vnto the hoste of heauen: which sweare by þe Lord, & by their Malchom also: Zephaniah 1:6 which starte a backe from the Lord, and nether seke after þe Lord ner regarde hym. Zephaniah 1:7 Be still at the presence of the Lord God for the daye of the Lord is at hande: yee, the Lord hath prepared a slayne offeryng, and called hys gestes therto. Zephaniah 1:8 And thus shall it happen in the daye of the Lordes slaynofferyng. I will viset the princes, þe kynges chyldren, and all soch as were straunge clothinge. Zephaniah 1:9 In the same daye also wyll I vyset all those, that treade ouer the thresholde so proudly, which fyll their Lordes house with robbery & falshede. Zephaniah 1:10 At þe same tyme (sayeth the Lorde) there shalbe herde a greate crye from the fysh porte and an howlinge from the other porte, and a greate murthur from þe hylles. Zephaniah 1:11 Howle ye that dwell in þe myll, for all the marchaunt people are gone, & all they that were laden with syluer, are roted out. Zephaniah 1:12 At the same tyme wyll I seke thorow Ierusalem with lanternes, & vyset them that continue in their dregges, and saye in their hertes: Tush, þe Lord wyll do nether good ner euell. Zephaniah 1:13 Their goodes shalbe spoyled, and their houses layed waste: they shal buylde houses, & not dwell in them, they shall plante vynyardes, but not drincke þt wyne therof. Zephaniah 1:14 For þe greate daye of þe Lord is at hande, it is herde by & commeth on a pace. Horrible is the tydinges of the Lordes daye, then shal the giaunte crye out: Zephaniah 1:15 for that daye is a daye of wrath, a daye of trouble and heuynesse, a daye of vtter destruccion & misery, a darcke & glomynge daye, a cloudy & stormy daye, Zephaniah 1:16 a daye of the noyse of trompettes & shawmes, agaynst the stronge cyties & hie towres. Zephaniah 1:17 I will bringe the people into soch vexacion, þt they shal go aboute lyke blinde men, because they haue synned agaynst the Lord. Their bloude shalbe shed as the dust, & their bodies as the myre. Zephaniah 1:18 Nether their syluer ner their golde shalbe able to deliuer them in that wrothful daye of the Lorde, but the whole lande shalbe consumed thorow þe fyre of his gelousy: for he shall soone make clene ryddaunce of al them that dwell in the lande.