ZEPHANIAH TOTAL CHAPTERS: 3
ZEPHANIAH TOTAL VERSES: 53
TOTAL WORDS: 1,617
DATE WRITTEN: 625 BC
Day of The Lord: On the whole earth, on Judah, on the surrounding nations.
God, Zephaniah, People of Southern Kingdom of Judah, People and nations of the whole world.
BOOK OF ZEPHANIAH KEY VERSES:
1:18: Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them on the day of the LORD’s wrath. In the fire of his jealousy the whole world will be consumed, for he will make a sudden end of all who live in the earth.
2:3: Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the LORD’s anger.
3:17: The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Zephaniah is a book about the day of the LORD. That is a phrase we have seen before in books of prophets esp. Amos. The book begins: I will sweep away everything from the face of the earth, declares the LORD. Zephaniah was a prophet at the same time when Jeremiah was a prophet. He prophesied during King Josiah’s righteous reign followed by the sinful reigns of Manasseh and Amon, who led the nation into various kinds of idolatry. The book pronounces the Lord’s judgment on the whole earth, on Judah, on the surrounding nations, on Jerusalem and on all nations followed by blessings on nations especially on the faithful remnant of His people in Judah.
CHAPTER WISE SUMMARY:
Chapter#1: The Judgment of God upon Judah. The time when Zephaniah prophesied. The Great Day of the LORD is near, it is near. That day is a day of wrath. Lord said, “I will sweep away everything from the earth.”
Chapter#2: The Judgment of God upon Surrounding Nations. The Doom Of The Nations Around Israel. The judgment of the Philistines, Moab, Ammon, Ethiopia and Assyria.
Chapter#3: Millennial Blessings in Israel. A piece of advice to wait for the restoration of Israel. Final Restoration Promised. God will exult over Zion. Lord said Sing, O Zion! The LORD will quiet you by his love.