Zephaniah
Introduction

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Injustice
Cruelty and Violence
Intolerance
Absurdities
Prophecy
Language
Contradictions
Women
Family Values
Interpretation
Good Stuff


Violence and Cruelty in Zephaniah

  1. God plans to kill every living thing. 1:2-3

  2. God will "cut off" all those who "have not sought the Lord" or who worship another god. 1:4-6

  3. God will "bring distress upon men" so that they "walk like blind men." He will pour out their blood like dust and "their flesh as dung." 1:17-18

  4. Hide from God and hope he doesn't find you. 2:1-3

  5. God's hit list: Gaza, Ashkelon, Ekron, the sea coast, Canaan, the Philistines, Moab, the children of Ammon, Ethiopians, Assyrians, and Nineveh. 2:4-13

  6. God destroyed entire cities, killing all the inhabitants. 3:6

  7. "All of the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy." 3:8