Zephaniah: Cruelty and Violence

  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