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What is the book of Zephaniah about?


The word of the Lord that came to Zephaniah son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, during the reign of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah:
“I will sweep away everything
    from the face of the earth,”
declares the Lord.
“I will sweep away both man and beast;
    I will sweep away the birds in the sky
    and the fish in the sea—
    and the idols that cause the wicked to stumble.”
 “When I destroy all mankind
    on the face of the earth,”
declares the Lord… Zephaniah 1:1-3
            Zephaniah was from the southern nation of Judah, a descendant of King Hezekiah, after Assyria invaded the northern nation of Israel.  The time is around 640-630 BC.  In 40 or so years, Babylon would invade Judah.
The book of Zephaniah is about judgment, written in a very terse tone, without holding back.
·         Judgment on Judah for worshiping other gods.
·         Judgment on Gaza, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ekron, the Kerethites, the Canaanites, Moabites, Ammonites, Cushites, and the Assyrians.
·         Judgment on Jerusalem, its officials, priests and prophets, for ignoring God.
But in the end, as always, God promised restoration and peace to his people and his land.  God promised to rescue his people and restore them to where they once were.