Book of Zephaniah

The Book of Zephaniah (Hebrew: צְפַנְיָה) is the ninth of the twelve minor prophets. The name Zephaniah means “Yahweh has hidden/protected,” “Yahweh hides,” or “Yahweh is my secret.”

Themes of The Book of Zephaniah

Zephaniah addressing people (French bible, 16th century).
The HarperCollins Study Bible supplies headings for the book as follows:
Verse and chapter headings in the HCSB
Verse reference Heading

  • 1:1 (Superscription)
  • 1:2–13 The Coming Judgement on Judah
  • 1:14–18 The Great Day of the Lord
  • 2:1–15 Judgement on Israel’s Enemies
  • 3:1–7 The Wickedness of Jerusalem
  • 3:8–13 Punishment and Conversion of the Nations
  • 3:14–20 Song of Joy

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