“Those who have turned back from following the Lord, who do not seek the Lord or inquire of him.” Judah alone remained to serve as God’s chosen people since Israel was exiled to Assyria in 722 B.C. Yet, the presence of a righteous king such as Josiah (vs. 1) was not enough to avert God’s judgment from Judah when other officials and the people were persisting in evil. In this verse Zephaniah is naming those people whom God will cut off from His redemptive purpose. Among those who will be cut off are the the people who who have become apostate and left their first faith. What specifically was their apostasy? They no longer sought the Lord or inquired from Him, meaning they looked for answers elsewhere besides God. Do you continually seek God? Do you pray and ask Him to guide your life and help you make the right decisions? Be among those seeking and inquiring of the Lord as the time for His coming draws near.