Zephaniah Bible Study

The prophet Zephaniah prophesied during the reign of King Josiah (640–609 b.c.). He was a descendant of King Hezekiah, and his name means 'hidden of the Lord.” Zephaniah warned the people of Judah that the 'day of the Lord” would bring judgment because they were worshiping idols and disobeying the Lord. He urged them to seek righteousness and humility and return to the Lord.

Ten times in the first two chapters of Zephaniah God tells the people, 'I will . . .” Read the passages listed below very carefully and note what God says He will do.

Verse

What God Says

1:2

'I will sweep away everything from the face of the earth.”

1:3

'I will sweep away both men and animals.”

1:3

'I will sweep away the birds of the air and the fish of the sea.”

1:4

'I will stretch out my hand against Judah and against all who live in Jerusalem.”

1:4

'I will cut off from this place every remnant of Baal, the names of the pagan and the idolatrous priests.”

1:8

'I will punish the princes and the king's sons and all those clad in foreign clothes.”

1:9

'I will punish all . . . who fill the temple of their gods with violence and deceit.”

1:12

'I will search Jerusalem with lamps and punish those who are complacent.”

1:17

'I will bring distress on the people and they will walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the Lord.”

2:5

'I will destroy you, and none will be left.”

Zephaniah also prophesies God's judgment against Philistia, Moab, Ammon, Cush and Assyria. When people do exactly the opposite of what God wants them to do, they ultimately suffer the consequences.

In chapter 3 Zephaniah speaks of Jerusalem as 'the city of oppressors, rebellious and defiled! She obeys no one, she accepts no correction. She does not trust in the Lord, she does not draw near to her God” (3:1-2). He describes the officials as roaring lions, the rulers as evening wolves and the prophets as arrogant, treacherous men (3:3-4).

God says that He will remove the arrogant from the city, but will allow the meek and humble who trust in Him to remain. The remnant will 'eat and lie down and no one will make them afraid” (3:12-13).

He promises to restore Israel. ''Sing, O Daughter of Zion; shout aloud, O Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O Daughter of Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away your punishment” (3:14-15). He will deal with those who oppressed His people. He will rescue the lame and gather those who have been scattered and bring them home and restore their fortunes (3:19-20).

Fill in the blanks on the worksheet and on the 'Go to the Word” sheet, and may God bless you as you study His Word.

Zephaniah Worksheet

Warren Simmons
 
The prophet Zephaniah prophesied during the reign of King ______.

He was a descendant of King ________, and his name means '______ of the Lord.”

Zephaniah warned the people of Judah that the '___ of the Lord” would bring judgment because they were worshiping idols and __________ the Lord.

He urged them to seek righteousness and ________ and return to the Lord (2:3).

___ times in the first two chapters of Zephaniah God tells the people, 'I will . . .”

Zephaniah also prophesies God's judgment against Philistia, ____, Ammon, Cush and _______.

When people do exactly the ________ of what God wants them to do, they ultimately suffer the consequences.

Zephaniah calls Jerusalem 'the ____ of oppressors, rebellious and defiled! She _____ no one, she accepts no correction. She does not trust in the Lord, she does not draw ____ to her God” (3:1-2).

He describes the officials as roaring _____, the rulers as evening ______ and the prophets as ________, treacherous men (3:3-4).

God says that He will remove the arrogant from the city, but will allow the ____ and humble who _____ in Him to remain (3:12).

''The remnant of Israel will do no _____; they will speak no lies, nor will deceit be found in their mouths. They will eat and lie down and no one will make them ______'” (3:13).

He promises to restore Israel and to deal with those who _________ His people (3:19).

He will rescue the ____ and gather those who have been scattered and bring them home and restore their ________ (3:19-20).

 

Memory Verse: 'He who scorns instruction will pay for it, but he who respects a command is rewarded” (Proverbs 13:13).


Zephaniah
Go to the Word

Match each Scripture reference below with the correct verse, and then fill in the missing words.

Zephaniah 3:14                 Zephaniah 3:16             Zephaniah 2:12            Zephaniah 3:6

Zephaniah 1:13                 Zephaniah 3:17             Zephaniah 1:18            Zephaniah 2:4

'Sing, O ________ of Zion; shout aloud, O Israel! Be glad and rejoice            Zephaniah ______

with all your heart.”

'Their ______ will be plundered, their houses demolished. They will            Zephaniah ______

build houses but not live in them; they will plant vineyards but not

drink the wine.”

'On that day they will say to Jerusalem, 'Do not ____, O Zion; do not            Zephaniah ______

let your hands hang ____.'”

''I have cut off _______; their strongholds are demolished. I have left            Zephaniah ______

their streets ________, with no one passing through.'”

''The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to ____. He will take                Zephaniah ______

great _______ in you, he will quiet you with his ____, he will rejoice

over you with _______.'”

''You too, O ________, will be slain by my sword.'”                                           Zephaniah ______

'Gaza will be _________ and Ashkelon left in ruins.”                                        Zephaniah ______

''Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to ____ them on the                Zephaniah ______

day of the Lord's _____.'”