"LIVING LIKE YOU "MEAN IT"  Zephaniah 1:7-18 by Rev. Nolan Astley

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Zephaniah 1:7–18
7Be silent before the Lord GOD!  For the day of the LORD is near; the LORD has prepared a sacrifice and consecrated his guests.  8And on the day of the LORD’s sacrifice— “I will punish the officials and the king’s sons
and all who array themselves in foreign attire.  9On that day I will punish everyone who leaps over the threshold,
and those who fill their master’s house with violence and fraud.  10“On that day,” declares the LORD,
“a cry will be heard from the Fish Gate, a wail from the Second Quarter, a loud crash from the hills.
11Wail, O inhabitants of the Mortar! For all the traders are no more; all who weigh out silver are cut off.
12At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and I will punish the men who are complacent, those who say in their hearts, ‘The LORD will not do good, nor will he do ill.’  13Their goods shall be plundered, and their houses laid waste.  Though they build houses, they shall not inhabit them; though they plant vineyards, they shall not drink wine from them.” 14The great day of the LORD is near, near and hastening fast;
the sound of the day of the LORD is bitter; the mighty man cries aloud there.  15A day of wrath is that day,
a day of distress and anguish, a day of ruin and devastation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness, 16a day of trumpet blast and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the lofty battlements. 17I will bring distress on mankind, so that they shall walk like the blind, because they have sinned against the LORD; their blood shall be poured out like dust, and their flesh like dung. 18Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them on the day of the wrath of the LORD.  In the fire of his jealousy, all the earth shall be consumed; for a full and sudden end he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth.