Deuteronomy 28:30

Hebrew Bible

28 The Lord will also subject you to madness, blindness, and confusion of mind. 29 You will feel your way along at noon like the blind person does in darkness and you will not succeed in anything you do; you will be constantly oppressed and continually robbed, with no one to save you. 30 You will be engaged to a woman, and another man will rape her. You will build a house but not live in it. You will plant a vineyard but not even begin to use it. 31 Your ox will be slaughtered before your very eyes, but you will not eat of it. Your donkey will be stolen from you as you watch and will not be returned to you. Your flock of sheep will be given to your enemies, and there will be no one to save you. 32 Your sons and daughters will be given to another people while you look on in vain all day, and you will be powerless to do anything about it.

Zephaniah 1:13

Hebrew Bible

11 Wail, you who live in the market district, for all the merchants will disappear and those who count money will be removed. 12 At that time I will search through Jerusalem with lamps. I will punish the people who are entrenched in their sin, those who think to themselves, ‘The Lord neither rewards nor punishes.’ 13 Their wealth will be stolen and their houses ruined! They will not live in the houses they have built, nor will they drink the wine from the vineyards they have planted. 14 The Lord’s great day of judgment is almost here; it is approaching very rapidly! There will be a bitter sound on the Lord’s day of judgment; at that time warriors will cry out in battle. 15 That day will be a day of God’s anger, a day of distress and hardship, a day of devastation and ruin, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and dark skies,

 Notes and References

"... In the first chapter [of Zephaniah] alone are six references to Deuteronomy ... Zephaniah 1:13 brings to mind Deuteronomy 28:30 ... The passage from Deuteronomy is in the context of curses which would come upon Israel in the case of disobedience to Yahweh. It is not surprising that this passage would be alluded to as it refers to the laws which were foundational to Israel, and the context of disobedience is one which is relevant to the situation Zephaniah is facing. He is calling to mind what the people should already know. He does not state all the curses which occur in the Deuteronomy passage but picks some key ones out ..."

Pearson, Susan Zephaniah: Plagiarist or Skilled Orator? (pp. 45-46) SIL International, 2011

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