Zephaniah 1
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1  The word of Hashem which came unto Tzefaniah the son of Cushi the son of Gedaliah the son of Amariah the son of Chizkiyahu in the days of Yoshiyahu the son of Amon king of Yehudah.

א  דְּבַר יְהוָה אֲשֶׁר הָיָה אֶל צְפַנְיָה בֶּן כּוּשִׁי בֶן גְּדַלְיָה בֶּן אֲמַרְיָה בֶּן חִזְקִיָּה בִּימֵי יֹאשִׁיָּהוּ בֶן אָמוֹן מֶלֶךְ יְהוּדָה.

2  I will utterly consume all things from off the face of the earth saith Hashem.

ב  אָסֹף אָסֵף כֹּל מֵעַל פְּנֵי הָאֲדָמָה נְאֻם יְהוָה.

3  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; and I will cut off man from off the face of the earth saith Hashem.

ג  אָסֵף אָדָם וּבְהֵמָה אָסֵף עוֹף הַשָּׁמַיִם וּדְגֵי הַיָּם וְהַמַּכְשֵׁלוֹת אֶת הָרְשָׁעִים וְהִכְרַתִּי אֶת הָאָדָם מֵעַל פְּנֵי הָאֲדָמָה נְאֻם יְהוָה.

4  And I will stretch out My hand upon Yehudah and upon all the inhabitants of Yerushalayim; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place and the name of the idolatrous Kohanim with the Kohanim;

ד  וְנָטִיתִי יָדִי עַל יְהוּדָה וְעַל כָּל יוֹשְׁבֵי יְרוּשָׁלִָם וְהִכְרַתִּי מִן הַמָּקוֹם הַזֶּה אֶת שְׁאָר הַבַּעַל אֶת שֵׁם הַכְּמָרִים עִם הַכֹּהֲנִים.

5  And them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship that swear to Hashem and swear by Malcam;

ה  וְאֶת הַמִּשְׁתַּחֲוִים עַל הַגַּגּוֹת לִצְבָא הַשָּׁמָיִם וְאֶת הַמִּשְׁתַּחֲוִים הַנִּשְׁבָּעִים לַיהוָה וְהַנִּשְׁבָּעִים בְּמַלְכָּם.

6  Them also that are turned back from following Hashem; and those that have not sought Hashem nor inquired after Him.

ו  וְאֶת הַנְּסוֹגִים מֵאַחֲרֵי יְהוָה וַאֲשֶׁר לֹא בִקְשׁוּ אֶת יְהוָה וְלֹא דְרָשֻׁהוּ.

7  Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord GOD; for the day of Hashem is at hand for Hashem hath prepared a sacrifice He hath consecrated His guests.

ז  הַס מִפְּנֵי אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה כִּי קָרוֹב יוֹם יְהוָה כִּי הֵכִין יְהוָה זֶבַח הִקְדִּישׁ קְרֻאָיו.

8  And it shall come to pass in the day of Hashem’S sacrifice that I will punish the princes and the king’s sons and all such as are clothed with foreign apparel.

ח  וְהָיָה בְּיוֹם זֶבַח יְהוָה וּפָקַדְתִּי עַל הַשָּׂרִים וְעַל בְּנֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ וְעַל כָּל הַלֹּבְשִׁים מַלְבּוּשׁ נָכְרִי.

9  In the same day also will I punish all those that leap over the threshold that fill their master’s house with violence and deceit.

ט  וּפָקַדְתִּי עַל כָּל הַדּוֹלֵג עַל הַמִּפְתָּן בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא הַמְמַלְאִים בֵּית אֲדֹנֵיהֶם חָמָס וּמִרְמָה.

10  And in that day saith Hashem Hark! a cry from the fish gate and a wailing from the second quarter and a great crashing from the hills.

י  וְהָיָה בַיּוֹם הַהוּא נְאֻם יְהוָה קוֹל צְעָקָה מִשַּׁעַר הַדָּגִים וִילָלָה מִן הַמִּשְׁנֶה וְשֶׁבֶר גָּדוֹל מֵהַגְּבָעוֹת.

11  Wail ye inhabitants of Maktesh for all the merchant people are undone; all they that were laden with silver are cut off.

יא  הֵילִילוּ יֹשְׁבֵי הַמַּכְתֵּשׁ כִּי נִדְמָה כָּל עַם כְּנַעַן נִכְרְתוּ כָּל נְטִילֵי כָסֶף.

12  And it shall come to pass at that time that I will search Yerushalayim with lamps; and I will punish the men that are settled on their lees that say in their heart: ‘Hashem will not do good neither will He do evil.’

יב  וְהָיָה בָּעֵת הַהִיא אֲחַפֵּשׂ אֶת יְרוּשָׁלִַם בַּנֵּרוֹת וּפָקַדְתִּי עַל הָאֲנָשִׁים הַקֹּפְאִים עַל שִׁמְרֵיהֶם הָאֹמְרִים בִּלְבָבָם לֹא יֵיטִיב יְהוָה וְלֹא יָרֵעַ.

13  Therefore their wealth shall become a booty and their houses a desolation; yea they shall build houses but shall not inhabit them and they shall plant vineyards but shall not drink the wine thereof.

יג  וְהָיָה חֵילָם לִמְשִׁסָּה וּבָתֵּיהֶם לִשְׁמָמָה וּבָנוּ בָתִּים וְלֹא יֵשֵׁבוּ וְנָטְעוּ כְרָמִים וְלֹא יִשְׁתּוּ אֶת יֵינָם.

14  The great day of Hashem is near it is near and hasteth greatly even the voice of the day of Hashem wherein the mighty man crieth bitterly.

יד  קָרוֹב יוֹם יְהוָה הַגָּדוֹל קָרוֹב וּמַהֵר מְאֹד קוֹל יוֹם יְהוָה מַר צֹרֵחַ שָׁם גִּבּוֹר.

15  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

yom ev-RAH ha-YOM ha-HU yom tza-RAH um-tzu-KAH yom sho-AH um-sho-AH yom KHO-shekh va-a-fay-LAH yom a-NAN va-a-ra-FEL

טו  יוֹם עֶבְרָה הַיּוֹם הַהוּא יוֹם צָרָה וּמְצוּקָה יוֹם שֹׁאָה וּמְשׁוֹאָה יוֹם חֹשֶׁךְ וַאֲפֵלָה יוֹם עָנָן וַעֲרָפֶל.

1:15  A day of wasteness and desolation

The Hebrew name for Holocaust Remembrance Day, “Yom Hashoah,” comes from this verse in Zephaniah. In describing the devastating destruction of Jerusalem, Zephaniah refers to the day as a ‘yom shoah umishoah,’ “a day of wasteness and desolation.” ‘Yom Hashoah’ was established by the Knesset in memory of the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis during WWII. It coincides with the anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, remembering not only the destruction of European Jewry, but recalling the heroic revolt which serves as a symbol of defiance against oppression.

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16  A day of the horn and alarm against the fortified cities and against the high towers.

טז  יוֹם שׁוֹפָר וּתְרוּעָה עַל הֶעָרִים הַבְּצֻרוֹת וְעַל הַפִּנּוֹת הַגְּבֹהוֹת.

17  And I will bring distress upon men that they shall walk like the blind because they have sinned against Hashem; and their blood shall be poured out as dust and their flesh as dung.

יז  וַהֲצֵרֹתִי לָאָדָם וְהָלְכוּ כַּעִוְרִים כִּי לַיהוָה חָטָאוּ וְשֻׁפַּךְ דָּמָם כֶּעָפָר וּלְחֻמָם כַּגְּלָלִים.

18  Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of Hashem’S wrath; but the whole earth shall be devoured by the fire of His jealousy; for He will make and end yea a terrible end of all them that dwell in the earth.

יח  גַּם כַּסְפָּם גַּם זְהָבָם לֹא יוּכַל לְהַצִּילָם בְּיוֹם עֶבְרַת יְהוָה וּבְאֵשׁ קִנְאָתוֹ תֵּאָכֵל כָּל הָאָרֶץ כִּי כָלָה אַךְ נִבְהָלָה יַעֲשֶׂה אֵת כָּל יֹשְׁבֵי הָאָרֶץ.

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  • “14 The great day of the LORD is near it is near and hasteth greatly even the voice of the day of the LORD wherein the mighty man crieth bitterly.
    יד קָרוֹב יוֹם-יְהוָה הַגָּדוֹל קָרוֹב וּמַהֵר מְאֹד; קוֹל יוֹם יְהוָה מַר צֹרֵחַ שָׁם גִּבּוֹר.
    15 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”
    When I was taught about the “end of the world” as a child, I saw beyond this terrible destruction to the place where everything would be restored and Elohim would put everything in order. I looked forward to this with hope and longed for the day. I knew that it would be a time of great terror, but it didn’t matter to me.
    One day, I was talking to my mother and this came up in the conversation somehow. I was very surprised when my mother told me that she never wanted this day to come and she was actually praying that it didn’t happen in the lifetime of her children or her grandchildren.
    I was completely shocked by her words and I asked her why. She told me that she wanted all of us to have a “normal life”.
    Since that day, I’ve asked a few other people about this matter and found similar responses. It has made me wonder over the years how many people are praying against the “Coming of our Messiah”.
    I would hate to think that His coming could be delayed by such prayers.
    Baruch Hashem.

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