“THE UTTERANCE OF JEHOVAH”
4. (a) With what decisive utterance does the prophecy begin? (b) What does it identify as the root of Judah’s troubles, and how?
4 Through Zephaniah, Jehovah made it plain that he would bring wickedness to a complete end. The prophecy opens with the words:
“‘I shall without fail finish everything off the surface of the ground,’ is the utterance of Jehovah.”
It was to be an extermination, a rooting out of all things detestable in Jehovah’s eyes. This “utterance” went straight to the point in showing what was back of Judah’s troubles—false religion!