The Gloss on Zephaniah 1:18

In Zeph. 1:18, the prophet tells us shockingly, “In the fire of his jealousy, all the earth shall be consumed; for a full and sudden end he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth” (ESV). Sayings like these from the prophets can be difficult to absorb, in light of the love of God that we see in Christ. This is why I find the comments of the Gloss on this passage so fascinating: “When God punishes out of jealousy (ex zelo), he shows that he loves the human soul, for unless he loves he would not be jealous, as in the comparison of a husband who avenges the sin of his wife.” Even God’s punishment is an expression of his love, his zeal for his beloved.