Zephaniah 2:1-3:7

  1. What phrases are used to describe the nations over whom judgment is impending?
    See 2:1, 10, 15. What was especially sinful about Nineveh’s attitude (2:15; cf. Is. 47:6-11), and has it a modern counterpart?
    What qualities does God look for in those who desire his help (2:3)?
  2. ‘Sheltered on the day of the day of the Lord’s anger’ (2:3).
    Is there such a hiding place?
    Cf. Jer. 23:24; Amos 9:3; Rev. 6:15-17; Rom. 5:9; 1 Thess. 1:10.
  3. The indictment against Jerusalem is the most grievous of all (3:1-7).
    Cf. Luke 12:47, 48. List the evils found in her, and consider especially how they were sins against the Lord.


  1. 2:1. ‘Gather together … ‘: i.e., in solemn assembly to seek the Lord.
  2. 2:13-15. No man alive at the time had known anything but the greatness and glory of Assyria. So these words would have had an astonishing impact.
  3. 3:5-7. The Lord’s faithfulness in judgment on their enemies is matched by the shamelessness of his people. They ignored the lessons he was seeking to teach them.