Zephaniah 2* An exhortation to repentance. (1-3) Judgments upon othernations. (4-15)1-3 The prophet calls to national repentance, as the only wayto prevent national ruin. A nation not desiring, that has notdesires toward God, is not desirous of his favour and grace, hasno mind to repent and reform. Or, not desirable, not having anything to recommend them to God; to whom God might justly say,Depart from me; but he says, Gather together to me that you mayseek my face. We know what God's decree will bring againstimpenitent sinners, therefore it highly concerns all to repentin the accepted time. How careful should we all be to seek peacewith God, before the Holy Spirit withdraws from us, or ceases tostrive with us; before the day of grace is over, or the day oflife; before our everlasting state is determined! Let the poor,despised, and afflicted, seek the Lord, and seek to understandand keep his commandments better, that they may be more humbledfor their sins. The chief hope of deliverance from nationaljudgments rests upon prayer. 4-15 Those are really in a woful condition who have the word ofthe Lord against them, for no word of his shall fall to theground. God will restore his people to their rights, though longkept from them. It has been the common lot of God's people, inall ages, to be reproached and reviled. God shall be worshipped,not only by all Israel, and the strangers who join them, but bythe heathen. Remote nations must be reckoned with for the wrongsdone to God's people. The sufferings of the insolent and haughtyin prosperity, are unpitied and unlamented. But all thedesolations of flourishing nations will make way for theoverturning Satan's kingdom. Let us improve our advantages, andexpect the performance of every promise, praying that ourFather's name may be hallowed every where, over all the earth.
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