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Zephaniah 1:6

    Zephaniah 1:6 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have not sought the LORD, nor enquired for him.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have not sought the LORD, nor inquired for him.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    and them that are turned back from following Jehovah; and those that have not sought Jehovah, nor inquired after him.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And those who are turned back from going after the Lord, and those who have not made prayer to the Lord or got directions from him.

    Webster's Revision

    and them that are turned back from following Jehovah; and those that have not sought Jehovah, nor inquired after him.

    World English Bible

    those who have turned back from following Yahweh, and those who haven't sought Yahweh nor inquired after him.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    and them that are turned back from following the LORD; and those that have not sought the LORD, nor inquired after him.

    Clarke's Commentary on Zephaniah 1:6

    Them that are turned back - Who have forsaken the true God, and become idolaters.

    Nor inquired for him - Have not desired to know his will.

    Barnes' Notes on Zephaniah 1:6

    And them that are turned back from - (Literally, have turned themselves back from following after) the Lord From this half-service, the prophet goes on to the avowed neglect of God, by such as wholly fall away from Him, not setting His will or law before them, "but turning away from" Him. It is their misery that they were set in the right way once, but themselves "turned themselves back," now no longer "following" God, but "their own lusts, drawn away and enticed" James 1:14 by them. How much more Christians, before whose eyes Christ Jesus is set forth, not as a Redeemer only but as an Example that they should "follow His steps!" 1 Peter 2:21.

    And those that have not sought the Lord, nor inquired for Him - This is marked to be a distinct class. "And those who." These did not openly break with God, or turn away overtly from Him; they kept (as men think) on good terms with Him, but, like "the slothful servant," rendered Him a listless heartless service. Both words express diligent search. God is not found then in a careless way. They who "seek" Him not "diligently" Matthew 2:8, do not find Him. "Strive," our Lord says, "to enter in at the strait gate, for many, I say unto you, shall seek to enter in, and shall not be able" Luke 13:24. She who had lost the one piece of silver, "sought" "diligently" Luke 15:8, until she had found it.

    Thus, he has gone through the whole cycle. First, that most horrible and cruel worship of Baal, the idolatrous priests and those who had the name of priests only, mingled with them, yet not openly apostatizing; then the milder form of idolatry, the star-worshipers; then those who would unite the worship of God with idols, who held themselves to be worshipers of God, but whose real king was their idol; then those who openly abandoned God; and lastly those who held with Him, just to satisfy their conscience-qualms, but with no heart-service. And so, in words of Habakkuk and in reminiscence of his awful summons of the whole world before God, he sums up;