Zephaniah announces God’s purifying judgment on Israel.
But the coming Day of the Lord is not without hope. It will remove evil from among God’s people and open up a new future where all humanity can flourish in peace.
Judgement and Hope
The book of Zephaniah contains some of the most intense images of God's justice and hope found in the prophetic books. Zephaniah warns Israel and the surrounding nations that the Day of the Lord is near. God will judge the nations with a burning fire as he purifies them from sin, evil, and violence.