• Hebrew: Zepkania, the Lord protects


One of the Minor Prophets who lived under King Josias near the end of the 7th century before Christ, a contemporary of Jeremias. He favored the king’s reforms. His prophecy contaius three chapters on the evils that were to befall various nations, promising the coming of Christ, the conversion of the nations, and the final conversion of the Jews. The language of the prophecy is graphic; e.g., in speaking of Jerusalem: “Her princes are in the midst of her as roaring lions: her judges are evening wolves, they left nothing for the morning” (Sophonias 3:3). “Because then I will restore to the people a chosen lip, that all may call upon the name of the Lord, and may serve Him with one shoulder.” (3:9)

MLA Citation

  • “Sophonias”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 12 June 2010. Web. 30 November 2021. <>