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“I will stretch out My hand against Judah,
And against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
[a]I will cut off every trace of Baal from this place,
The names of the (A)idolatrous[b] priests with the pagan priests—
Those (B)who worship the host of heaven on the housetops;
Those who worship and swear oaths by the Lord,
But who also swear (C)by [c]Milcom;
(D)Those who have turned back from following the Lord,
And (E)have not sought the Lord, nor inquired of Him.”

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  1. Zephaniah 1:4 Fulfilled in 2 Kin. 23:4, 5
  2. Zephaniah 1:4 Heb. chemarim
  3. Zephaniah 1:5 Or Malcam, an Ammonite god, 1 Kin. 11:5; Jer. 49:1; Molech, Lev. 18:21

14 (A)The great day of the Lord is near;
It is near and hastens quickly.
The noise of the day of the Lord is bitter;
There the mighty men shall cry out.
15 (B)That day is a day of wrath,
A day of trouble and distress,
A day of devastation and desolation,
A day of darkness and gloominess,
A day of clouds and thick darkness,
16 A day of (C)trumpet and alarm
Against the fortified cities
And against the high towers.

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(A)Seek the Lord, (B)all you meek of the earth,
Who have upheld His justice.
Seek righteousness, seek humility.
(C)It may be that you will be hidden
In the day of the Lord’s anger.

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