verses 1-18 have been
omitted from the Mass readings.
 The word of the Lord that came to
Sophonias the son of Chusi, the
son of Godolias, the son of Amarias, the son of Ezechias, in the days
of Josias the son of Amon king of Juda.
 Gathering, I will gather together all things from off the face of
the land, saith the Lord:  I will gather man, and beast, I will
gather the birds of the air, and the fishes of the sea: and the ungodly
shall meet with ruin: and I will destroy men from off the face of the
land, saith the Lord.
 And I will stretch out my hand upon Juda, and upon all the
inhabitants of Jerusalem: and I will destroy out of this place the
remnant of Baal, and the names of the wardens of the temples with the
priests:  And them that worship the host of heaven upon the tops of
houses, and them that adore, and swear by the Lord, and swear by
Melchom.  And them that turn away from following after the Lord, and
that have not sought the Lord, nor searched after him.
 Be silent before the face of the Lord God: for the day of the Lord
is near, for the Lord hath prepared a victim, he hath sanctified his
guests.  And it shall come to pass in the day of the victim of the
Lord, that I will visit upon the princes, and upon the king's sons, and
upon all such as are clothed with strange apparel.  And I will visit
in that day upon every one that entereth arrogantly over the threshold:
them that fill the house of the Lord their God with iniquity and deceit.
 And there shall be in that day, saith the Lord, the noise of a cry
from the fish gate, and a howling from the Second, and a great
destruction from the hills.  Howl, ye inhabitants of the Morter.
All the people of Chanaan is hush, all are cut off that were wrapped up
 And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search
Jerusalem with lamps, and will visit upon the men that are settled on
their lees: that say in their hearts: The Lord will not do good, nor
will he do evil.  And their strength shall become a booty, and
their houses as a desert: and they shall build houses, and shall not
dwell in them: and they shall plant vineyards, and shall not drink the
wine of them.
 The great day of the Lord is near, it is near and exceeding swift:
the voice of the day of the Lord is bitter, the mighty man shall there
meet with tribulation.  That day is a day of wrath, a day of
tribulation and distress, a day of calamity and misery, a day of
darkness and obscurity, a day of clouds and whirlwinds,  A day of
the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high
 And I will distress men, and they shall walk like blind men,
because they have sinned against the Lord: and their blood shall be
poured out as earth, and their bodies as dung.  Neither shall their
silver and their gold be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath
of the Lord: all the land shall be devoured by the fire of his
jealousy, for he shall make even a speedy destruction of all them that
dwell in the land.
verses 1-2, 4-15 have
been omitted from the Mass readings.
 Assemble yourselves together, be
gathered together, O nation not
worthy to be loved:  Before the decree bring forth the day as dust
passing away, before the fierce anger of the Lord come upon you, before
the day of the Lord's indignation come upon you.
 For Gaza shall be destroyed, and Ascalon shall be a desert, they
shall cast out Azotus at noonday, and Accaron shall be rooted up. 
Woe to you that inhabit the sea coast, O nation of reprobates: the word
of the Lord upon you, O Chanaan, the land of the Philistines, and I
will destroy thee, so that there shall not be an inhabitant.  And
the sea coast shall be the resting place of shepherds, and folds for
cattle:  And it shall be the portion of him that shall remain of the
house of Juda, there they shall feed: in the houses of Ascalon they
shall rest in the evening: because the Lord their God will visit them,
and bring back their captivity.
 I have heard the reproach of Moab, and the blasphemies of the
children of Ammon, with which they reproached my people, and have
magnified themselves upon their borders.  Therefore as I live, saith
the Lord of hosts the God of Israel, Moab shall be as Sodom, and the
children of Ammon as Gomorrha, the dryness of thorns, and heaps of
salt, and a desert even for ever: the remnant of my people shall make a
spoil of them, and the residue of my nation shall possess them.
 This shall befall them for their pride: because they have
blasphemed, and have been magnified against the people of the Lord of
hosts.  The Lord shall be terrible upon them, and shall consume all
the gods of the earth: and they shall adore him every man from his own
place, all the islands of the Gentiles.
 You Ethiopians, also shall be slain with my sword.  And he
will stretch out his hand upon the north, and will destroy Assyria: and
he will make the beautiful city a wilderness, and as a place not
passable, and as a desert.  And flocks shall lie down in the midst
thereof, all the beasts of the nations: and the bittern and the urchin
shall lodge in the threshold thereof: the voice of the singing bird in
the window, the raven on the upper post, for I will consume her
 This is the glorious city that dwelt in security: that said in her
heart: I am, and there is none beside me: how is she become a desert, a
place for beasts to lie down in? every one that passeth by her, shall
hiss, and wag his hand.
verses 3-8, 18b-20
have been omitted from the Mass readings.
 Her princes are in the midst of her
as roaring lions: her judges
are evening wolves, they left nothing for the morning.  Her prophets
are senseless men without faith: her priests have polluted the
sanctuary, they have acted unjustly against the law.
 The just Lord is in the midst thereof, he will not do iniquity: in
the morning, in the morning he will bring his judgment to light, and it
shall not be hid: but the wicked man hath not known shame.  I have
destroyed the nations, and their towers are beaten down: I have made
their ways desert, so that there is none that passeth by: their cities
are desolate, there is not a man remaining, nor any inhabitant.
 I said: Surely thou wilt fear me, thou wilt receive correction: and
her dwelling shall not perish, for all things wherein I have visited
her: but they rose early and corrupted all their thoughts.
 Wherefore expect me, saith the Lord, in the day of my resurrection
that is to come, for my judgment is to assemble the Gentiles, and to
gather the kingdoms: and to pour upon them my indignation, all my
fierce anger: for with the fire of my jealousy shall all the earth be
 … I will gather together, because they were of thee: that thou
mayest no more suffer reproach for them.  Behold I will cut off all
that have afflicted thee at that time: and I will save her that
halteth, and will gather her that was cast out: and I will get them
praise, and a name, in all the land where they had been put to
 At that time, when I will bring you: and at the time that I will
gather you: for I will give you a name, and praise among all the people
of the earth, when I shall have brought back your captivity before your
eyes, saith the Lord.