Zephaniah’s name means “The Lord has hidden.” He traces his lineage to four generations, the most extensive genealogy among the prophets but most likely to establish his royal pedigree. Most identify “Hizkiah” (1:1) as Hezekiah, the good king of Judah, whose piety shone brightly between the sins of his father (Ahaz) and the sins of his son (Manasseh). His identification with Hezekiah, whose religious reforms had such a positive impact on Judah, is a subtle link to Josiah, during whose reign he ministered and who like Hezekiah enforced a revival of true religion in the land.
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