"Zephaniah’s genealogy listed in 1:1, suggests he was of royal lineage – four generations back to Hezekiah. Zephaniah prophesied sometime between 640 and 612 BC, the time when King Josiah reigned in Jerusalem. The book begins with a condemnation because of the corruption of the people and systems of Jerusalem, and he leaves with us the tender mercies of the blessings and care of God in the Day of the LORD. He urges the people to seek God alone in humility and righteousness. King Josiah’s father was Amon who was a wicked man, as was his father Manasseh before him. That may help to explain the corrupt and evil ways in Judah when Josiah took the throne. Josiah, however, ruled differently, he chose to love the LORD early on in his life, to listen to the prophets of God, and he is responsible for the last great revival of Judah. In fact, it is my belief that there was no other king quite like him. Zephaniah did not soften the words of God but spoke what God revealed to him. There would be a great cost for sin in judgment, but restoration for those who repented and turned to God.
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