Zéphanie 1

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1 [C'est ici] la parole de l'Eternel qui fut [adressée] à Sophonie fils de Cusi, fils de Guédalia, fils d'Amaria, fils d'Ezéchias, du temps de Josias fils d'Amon Roi de Juda.

2 Je ferai entièrement périr toutes choses de dessus cette terre, dit l'Eternel.

3 Je ferai périr l'homme et le bétail; je consumerai les oiseaux des cieux, et les poissons de la mer; et les ruines [arriveront] aux méchants, et je retrancherai les hommes de dessus cette terre, dit l'Eternel.

4 J'étendrai ma main sur Juda, et sur tous les habitants de Jérusalem; je retrancherai de ce lieu-ci le reste des Bahalins, et les noms des prêtres des faux dieux, et les sacrificateurs;

5 Et ceux qui se prosternent sur les toits devant l'armée des cieux, et ceux qui se prosternent devant l'Eternel, jurent par lui, et qui jurent aussi par Malcam :

6 Et ceux qui se détournent de l'Eternel, et ceux qui n'ont point cherché l'Eternel, qui ne l'ont point recherché.

7 Tais-toi, à cause de la présence du Seigneur l'Eternel, car la journée de l'Eternel est proche; l'Eternel a préparé le sacrifice, il a invité ses conviés.

8 Et il arrivera au jour du sacrifice de l'Eternel que je punirai les Seigneurs, et les enfants du Roi, et tous ceux qui s'habillent de vêtements étrangers.

9 Et je punirai en ce jour-là tous ceux qui sautent par-dessus le seuil, [et] ceux qui remplissent de violence et de fraude la maison de leurs maîtres.

10 Et en ce jour-là dit l'Eternel, il y aura de grands cris vers la porte des poissons, et des hurlements vers la seconde [ville], et une grande désolation vers les coteaux.

11 Vous qui habitez dans Mactès, hurlez; car tous ceux qui trafiquaient ont été défaits, et tous ceux qui apportaient de l'argent, ont été retranchés.

12 Et il arrivera en ce temps-là, que je fouillerai Jérusalem avec des lampes, que je punirai les hommes qui sont figés sur leurs lies, et qui disent en leurs cœurs; L'Eternel ne [nous] fera ni bien ni mal.

13 Et leurs biens seront au pillage, et leurs maisons en désolation, et ils auront bâti des maisons, mais ils n'y habiteront point; et ils auront planté des vignes, mais ils n'en boiront pas le vin.

14 La grande journée de l'Eternel est proche, elle est proche, et elle se hâte fort; la journée de l'Eternel n'est que bruit; celui qui est en amertume, crie de toute sa force; Là sont les hommes forts.

15 Cette journée-là est une journée de fureur, une journée de détresse et d'angoisse, une journée de bruit éclatant et effrayant, une journée de ténèbres et d'obscurité, une journée de nuées et de brouillards;

16 Une journée de cornet et d'alarme contre les villes munies, et contre les hautes tours.

17 Je mettrai les hommes dans la détresse, et ils marcheront comme des aveugles, parce qu'ils ont péché contre l'Eternel; et leur sang sera répandu comme de la poussière, et leur chair comme de la fiente.

18 Ni leur argent ni leur or ne les pourront point délivrer en la journée de la fureur de l'Eternel; et tout ce pays sera dévoré par le feu de sa jalousie; car il se hâtera de consumer tous les habitants de ce pays.



Exploring the Meaning of Zéphanie 1      

Napsal(a) New Christian Bible Study Staff and Rev. Julian Duckworth

Zephaniah’s prophecy is said to have taken place in the days of Josiah, the king of Judah. Josiah was a good king, walking in the all ways of the Lord, but both his sons were evil. He was the last king of Judah before Nebuchadnezzar's army conquered Jerusalem, and took many of the Jews captive to exile in Babylon for 70 years. (See the last four chapters of 2 Kings for Josiah’s story.)

The first chapter of the book of Zephaniah, in Zephaniah 1:1-3, begins with a prophecy that God will consume all things. We know that this isn't literally what was going to happen; consuming is not something that God does. Instead, it's something we do to ourselves when we depend only on our understanding of truth and ignore what is said in the Word. It means the perishing of our understanding of that truth.

The people who lived at that time were becoming totally external; there was no more affection for truths. Random thoughts about truths were gone, even the most outward truths of the stories were not considered worthy of thought, and any difficult truths were ignored. The church was becoming only a matter of rote external motions.

In Zephaniah 1:4-6, Baal, the stars and moon and sun, and Malcam, are false gods. Again it seems as though the Lord will punish Judah, but actually, by having “turned back from following the Lord,” the people of Judah has turned to false gods have no real power.

In Zephaniah 1:7-8, nevertheless the lord will have mercy on those that turn back to Him and can sit at His feast. But as in the parable of the wedding supper, (Matthew 22:11-13) only those who have the right clothing are welcome. Why this rule?

Garments mean evident truths that a person “wears”. Princes and kings mean ruling truths or falsities that a person believes and uses to guide ones actions. When these are not from the Lord’s Word they lead one astray.

In Zephaniah 1:9-11, the text refers to areas of Jerusalem, where of all places God’s Word should be revered and believed and used to gain wisdom. Yet even there, there is mourning and wailing.

Maktesh means a mortar for grinding flour, and so perhaps a neighborhood of bakers. Merchants are traders, and are used to mean those who trade news of truths that they have heard. The whole idea here is that known truths are being defiled in the very place they should be honored.

In Zephaniah 1:12, 13, the idea has come about that either there is no God or that He doesn’t care. The houses and vineyards, the truths they live with and the new truths that they can drink in are gone, there is no more truth in the church.

In Zephaniah 1:14-17, there first is a prophecy of the Lord’s coming, “The great day of the Lord is near”.

We need to realize that words in the story that regard quickness or haste mostly mean sureness and importance. God doesn’t have a calendar; all time is the present with Him.

Then comes the reaction for those who have falsified His truth and turned away from his commandments -- ignored Him. They will be judged, and they won’t be happy about it.

In Zephaniah 1:18, the “truth” they honor -- the silver -- will be seen to have no value, and the appearance of good they put on -- the gold -- to be only paint.

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Exploring the Meaning of Zephaniah 1      

Napsal(a) New Christian Bible Study Staff and Rev. Julian Duckworth

Zephaniah’s prophecy is said to have taken place in the days of Josiah, the king of Judah. Josiah was a good king, walking in the all ways of the Lord, but both his sons were evil. He was the last king of Judah before Nebuchadnezzar's army conquered Jerusalem, and took many of the Jews captive to exile in Babylon for 70 years. (See the last four chapters of 2 Kings for Josiah’s story.)

The first chapter of the book of Zephaniah, in Zephaniah 1:1-3, begins with a prophecy that God will consume all things. We know that this isn't literally what was going to happen; consuming is not something that God does. Instead, it's something we do to ourselves when we depend only on our understanding of truth and ignore what is said in the Word. It means the perishing of our understanding of that truth.

The people who lived at that time were becoming totally external; there was no more affection for truths. Random thoughts about truths were gone, even the most outward truths of the stories were not considered worthy of thought, and any difficult truths were ignored. The church was becoming only a matter of rote external motions.

In Zephaniah 1:4-6, Baal, the stars and moon and sun, and Malcam, are false gods. Again it seems as though the Lord will punish Judah, but actually, by having “turned back from following the Lord,” the people of Judah has turned to false gods have no real power.

In Zephaniah 1:7-8, nevertheless the lord will have mercy on those that turn back to Him and can sit at His feast. But as in the parable of the wedding supper, (Matthew 22:11-13) only those who have the right clothing are welcome. Why this rule?

Garments mean evident truths that a person “wears”. Princes and kings mean ruling truths or falsities that a person believes and uses to guide ones actions. When these are not from the Lord’s Word they lead one astray.

In Zephaniah 1:9-11, the text refers to areas of Jerusalem, where of all places God’s Word should be revered and believed and used to gain wisdom. Yet even there, there is mourning and wailing.

Maktesh means a mortar for grinding flour, and so perhaps a neighborhood of bakers. Merchants are traders, and are used to mean those who trade news of truths that they have heard. The whole idea here is that known truths are being defiled in the very place they should be honored.

In Zephaniah 1:12, 13, the idea has come about that either there is no God or that He doesn’t care. The houses and vineyards, the truths they live with and the new truths that they can drink in are gone, there is no more truth in the church.

In Zephaniah 1:14-17, there first is a prophecy of the Lord’s coming, “The great day of the Lord is near”.

We need to realize that words in the story that regard quickness or haste mostly mean sureness and importance. God doesn’t have a calendar; all time is the present with Him.

Then comes the reaction for those who have falsified His truth and turned away from his commandments -- ignored Him. They will be judged, and they won’t be happy about it.

In Zephaniah 1:18, the “truth” they honor -- the silver -- will be seen to have no value, and the appearance of good they put on -- the gold -- to be only paint.

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Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

Arcanes Célestes 411

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 228


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Arcanes Célestes 375, 776, 991, 1071, 1488, 1839, 1860, ...

L’Apocalypse Révélée 20, 166, 216, 290, 316, 340, 342, ...

Doctrine de a Nouvelle Jérusalem sur Le Seigneur 4, 14, 38

La Vraie Religion Chrétienne 82, 689, 755, 761


Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 31, 195, 280, 342, 376, 397, 417, ...

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 58

Marriage 82

Scriptural Confirmations 4, 9, 58, 77

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