Zephaniah 3

Judgment on Jerusalem and the Nations

1 Woe to her who is rebellious and defiled,
a  the oppressing city!
2She listens to no voice;
b  she accepts no correction.
c  She does not trust in the  Lord;
she does not draw near to her God.
3 d  Her officials within her
are roaring lions;
her judges are e  evening wolves
that leave nothing till the morning.
4 f  Her prophets are fickle, treacherous men;
g  her priests h  profane what is holy;
they do violence to the law.
5The  Lord within her i  is righteous;
he does no injustice;
every morning he shows forth his justice;
each dawn he does not fail;
but j  the unjust knows no shame.
6 k  “I have cut off nations;
their battlements are in ruins;
I have laid waste their streets
l  so that no one walks in them;
their cities have been made desolate,
without a man, without an inhabitant.
7 m  I said, ‘Surely you will fear me;
n  you will accept correction.
Then your
Hebrew her
dwelling would not be cut off
according to all that I have appointed against you.’
Hebrew her

But q  all the more they were eager
to make all their deeds corrupt.
8 Therefore r  wait for me,” declares the  Lord,
“for the day when I rise up to seize the prey.
For my decision is s  to gather nations,
to assemble kingdoms,
to pour out upon them my indignation,
all my burning anger;
for in the fire of my jealousy
t  all the earth shall be consumed.

The Conversion of the Nations

9 For at that time I will change the speech of the peoples
to u  a pure speech,
that all of them may call upon the name of the  Lord
and serve him with one accord.
10 v  From beyond the rivers w  of Cush
my worshipers, the daughter of my dispersed ones,
shall bring my offering.
11 x  “On that day y  you shall not be put to shame
because of the deeds by which you have rebelled against me;
for then z  I will remove from your midst
your proudly exultant ones,
and aa  you shall no longer be haughty
in my holy mountain.
12But I will leave in your midst
a people ab  humble and lowly.
ac  They shall seek refuge in the name of the  Lord,
13 ad  those who are left in Israel;
they ae  shall do no injustice
and speak no lies,
af  nor shall there be found in their mouth
a deceitful tongue.
ag  For they shall graze and lie down,
and none shall make them afraid.”

Israel’s Joy and Restoration

14 ah  Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion;
shout, O Israel!
Rejoice and exult with all your heart,
O daughter of Jerusalem!
15The  Lord has taken away the judgments against you;
he has cleared away your enemies.
ai  The King of Israel aj  the  Lord, is in your midst;
you shall never again fear evil.
16 ak  On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:
Fear not, O Zion;
al  let not your hands grow weak.
17 am  The  Lord your God is in your midst,
an  a mighty one who will save;
ao  he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.
18I will gather those of you who mourn ap  for the festival,
so that you will no longer suffer reproach.
The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain

19Behold, at that time ar  I will deal
with all your oppressors.
And as  I will save the lame
and gather the outcast,
and I will change at  their shame into au  praise
and renown in all the earth.
20 av  At that time I will bring you in,
at the time when I gather you together;
for I will make you renowned and praised
among all the peoples of the earth,
aw  when I restore your fortunes
before your eyes,” says the  Lord.
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