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Zephaniah 1

"Led Zeppelin" Zephaniah

7 Be silent before the Lord GOD! For the day of the LORD is at hand; the LORD has prepared a sacrifice, he has consecrated his guests. [...] 12 At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and I will punish the people who rest complacently on their dregs, those who say in their hearts, "The LORD will not do good, nor will he do harm." 13 Their wealth 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. 14 The great day of the LORD is near, near and hastening fast; the sound of the day of the LORD is bitter, the warrior cries aloud there. 15 That day will be a day of wrath, 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, 16 a day of trumpet blast and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the lofty battlements. 17 I will bring such distress upon people 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. 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 passion the whole earth shall be consumed; for a full, a terrible end he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth.

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Musings

Another "day of the LORD" that sounds like a good day to miss, echoing the concerns of many of the prophets and directed at Judah (in this case). Basically the day of judgment will not be pleasant; the transgressions are many and wealth is not going to be any help in avoiding it. Zephaniah is often pictured as the one carrying the lamp, but it is clearly God who is searching Jerusalem shining the light and exposing both the righteous and the sinner in the process. I couldn't help but see the imagery from Led Zeppelin's rock classic "Stairway to Heaven" in this verse.


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