Zephaniah 3

Woe to Oppressive Jerusalem

1 Woe to the city that is rebellious
Or filthy
b and defiled, c
the oppressive city!
2 She has not obeyed; d
she has not accepted discipline. e
She has not trusted f in
Yahweh/Yah: Or The Lord; the personal name of God in Hebrew; "Yah" is the shortened form of the name.
she has not drawn near to her God.
3 The
Lit Her
princes within her are roaring lions; i
her judges are wolves of the night, j
which leave nothing for
Or that had nothing to gnaw in
the morning.
4 Her prophets are reckless l
treacherous men.
Her priests profane the sanctuary;
they do violence to instruction. m
5 The righteous Lord is in her; n
He does no wrong. o
He applies His justice morning by morning;
He does not fail at dawn,
yet the one who does wrong knows no shame. p

6 I have cut off nations;
their corner towers q are destroyed.
I have laid waste their streets,
with no one to pass through.
Their cities lie devastated,
without a person, without an inhabitant. r
7 I thought: You will certainly
fear(s) God or the Lord/ the fear of the Lord: No single English word conveys every aspect of the word fear in this phrase. The meaning includes worshipful submission, reverential awe, and obedient respect to the covenant-keeping God of Israel.
fear Me
and accept correction.
Then her dwelling place
LXX, Syr read her eyes

would not be cut off
based on all that I had allocated to her.
However, they became more corrupt
in all their actions.
8 Therefore, wait for Me u
this is the Lord’s declaration

until the day I rise up for plunder.
LXX, Syr read for a witness; Vg reads up forever

For My decision is to gather nations,
to assemble kingdoms,
in order to pour out My indignation w on them,
all My burning anger;
for the whole earth will be consumed
by the fire of My jealousy. x

Final Restoration Promised

9 For I will then restore
pure y speech to the peoples
so that all of them may call
on the name of Yahweh
and serve Him with a single purpose.
Lit with one shoulder

10 From beyond the rivers of
Cush/ Cushite: The lands of the Nile in southern Egypt, including Nubia and Northern Sudan; the people who lived in that region
Cush ab
My supplicants, My dispersed people,
will bring an offering to Me.
11 On that day you
= Israel
will not be put to shame ad
because of everything you have done
in rebelling ae against Me.
For then I will remove
your proud, af arrogant people from among you,
and you will never again be haughty
on My holy mountain. ag
12 I will leave
a meek and humble people ah among you,
and they will take refuge in the name of Yahweh.
13 The remnant ai of Israel will no longer
do wrong or tell lies;
a deceitful tongue will not be found
in their mouths.
But they will pasture and lie down,
with nothing to make them afraid. aj

14 Sing for joy, Daughter
Zion: Originally a term for the fortified section of Jerusalem and then, by extension, used for the temple and the city of Jerusalem both in the present time and in the future
shout loudly, Israel!
Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,
Daughter Jerusalem!
15 The Lord has removed your punishment;
He has turned back your enemy.
The King of Israel, Yahweh, is among you;
you need no longer fear harm.
16 On that day it will be said to Jerusalem:
“Do not fear;
Zion, do not let your hands grow weak. al
17 Yahweh your God is among you,
a warrior am who saves.
He will rejoice over you an with gladness.
He will bring you quietness
LXX, Syr read He will renew you
with His love.
He will delight in you with shouts of joy.” ap

18 I will gather those who have been driven aq
from the appointed festivals;
they will be a tribute from you
= Jerusalem

and a reproach on her.
Hb obscure

19 Yes, at that time
I will deal with all who afflict you.
I will save the lame at and gather the scattered; au
I will make those who were disgraced
throughout the earth
receive praise and fame.
20 At that time I will bring you
= people of Israel
yes, at the time I will gather you.
I will give you fame and praise
among all the peoples of the earth,
when I restore your fortunes aw before your eyes.
Yahweh has spoken.

Copyright information for HCSB