Zephaniah - the date for Zephaniah's ministry is given within the book (Zephaniah 1:1) as being during the reign of king Josiah (II Kings 22:1 - 23:30). He seems to be speaking of conditions before Josiah's reforms of 621 BC.
At that time, most Jews thought of "The Day of the Lord" as being a time when all the foreign nations would be crushed, and God would give special favors to His people. Zephaniah brought the message that God would come with judgment on all evildoers, whether jewish or foreign.
Zephaniah 1:1 Zephaniah was a great-great-grandson of King Hezekiah
Zephaniah 1:2 - 2:3 judgment upon Judah and Jerusalem for idolatry and injustice
Zephaniah 2:4-7 judgment upon the Philistines
Zephaniah 2:8-11 judgment upon the Moabites and Ammonites
Zephaniah 2:12 judgment upon the Ethiopians
Zephaniah 2:13-16 judgment upon the Assyrians
Zephaniah 3:1-7 judgment upon Jerusalem
Zephaniah 3:8-20 the promise of restoration for Jerusalem
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