20 He said, “I will reject them. I will see what will happen to them; for they are a perverse generation, children who show no loyalty. 21 They have made me jealous with false gods, enraging me with their worthless gods; so I will make them jealous with a people they do not recognize, with a nation slow to learn I will enrage them. 22 For a fire has been kindled by my anger, and it burns to lowest Sheol; it consumes the earth and its produce, and ignites the foundations of the mountains. 23 I will increase their disasters; I will use up my arrows on them.
17 I will bring distress on the people and they will stumble like blind men, for they have sinned against the Lord. Their blood will be poured out like dirt; their flesh will be scattered like manure. 18 Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord’s angry judgment. The whole earth will be consumed by his fiery wrath. Indeed, he will bring terrifying destruction on all who live on the earth.”
Notes and References
"... In 1:17 Zephaniah talks about walking as blind men which continues the theme of Deuteronomy 28’s curses: ‘At midday you will grope about like a blind man in the dark.’ (Deuteronomy 28:29). Then in 1:18: ‘In the fire of his jealousy the whole world will be consumed’ brings to mind Deuteronomy 32:21-22 ‘They made me jealous ... a fire has been kindled by my wrath ... It will devour the earth and its harvests’, which is from the Song of Moses, also in the context of curses because Israel was chasing other gods. Zephaniah was telling the people things they already knew, to establish common ground, but he also used what they knew to surprise them, as he turned things around on them unexpectedly ..."
Pearson, Susan Zephaniah: Plagiarist or Skilled Orator? (p. 46) SIL International, 2011