Zephaniah in Smiths Bible Dictionary
(hidden by Jehovah).
1. The ninth in order of the twelve minor prophets.
His pedigree is traced to his fourth ancestor, Hezekiah, Zep
1:1 supposed to be the celebrated king of that name. The
chief characteristics of this book are the unity and harmony
of the composition, the grace, energy and dignity of its
style, and the rapid and effective alternations of threats
and promises. The general tone of the last portion is
Messianic, but without any specific reference to the person
of our Lord. The date of the book is given in the
inscription--viz, the reign of Josiah, from 642 to 611 B.C.
It is most probable moreover, that the prophecy was
delivered before the eighteenth year of Josiah.
2. The son of Maaseiah, Jer 21:1 and sagan or second
priest in the reign of Zedekiah. (B.C. 588.) He succeeded
Jehoida, Jer 29:25,26 and was probably a ruler of the
temple, whose office it was, among others, to punish
pretenders to the gift of prophecy. Jer 29:29 On the capture
of Jerusalem he was taken and slain at Riblah. Jer 52:24,27;
3. Father of Josiah, 2, Zec 6:10 and of Hen,
according to the reading of the received text of Zec 6:14