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Verses 14-16

Zephaniah 1:14-16. The great day of the Lord is near The time of God’s executing his terrible judgments is nigh at hand. Even the voice, &c.

The word even is not in the Hebrew. This latter part of the sentence may, it seems, be better rendered thus: The voice of the day of the Lord is bitter, and it vehemently resoundeth there. Or, Then the mighty man crieth out. The general sense is, that great noise, or distraction, should attend the taking of Jerusalem by the Chaldeans. That day is a day of wrath, &c. That time will be a time of executing wrath. A day of wasteness and desolation Hebrew, שׁאה ומשׁואה , of tumult and devastation. A day of darkness and gloominess, &c. Of perplexity, terror, and dismay. A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities A day of attacking and taking fortified cities and strong holds, the attacks on which were used to be made by the sound of trumpets; and probably trumpets sounded all the time of the attack, as also when an entrance was gained into them.

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