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Zephaniah 3

Zephaniah 3:1  
Woe to her who is rebellious and polluted, the oppressing city!

Zephaniah 3:2  
She didn’t obey the voice. She didn’t receive correction. She didn’t trust in Yahweh. She didn’t draw near to her God.

Zephaniah 3:3  
Her princes within her are roaring lions. Her judges are evening wolves. They leave nothing until the next day.

Zephaniah 3:4  
Her prophets are arrogant and treacherous people. Her priests have profaned the sanctuary. They have done violence to the law.

Zephaniah 3:5  
Yahweh, within her, is righteous. He will do no wrong. Every morning he brings his justice to light. He doesn’t fail, but the unjust know no shame.

Zephaniah 3:6  
I have cut off nations. Their battlements are desolate. I have made their streets waste, so that no one passes by. Their cities are destroyed, so that there is no man, so that there is no inhabitant.

Zephaniah 3:7  
I said, “Just fear me. Receive correction,” so that her dwelling won’t be cut off, according to all that I have appointed concerning her. But they rose early and corrupted all their doings.

Zephaniah 3:8  
“Therefore wait for me”, says Yahweh, “until the day that I rise up to the prey, for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms to pour on them my indignation, even all my fierce anger, for all the earth will be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.

Zephaniah 3:9  
For then I will purify the lips of the peoples, that they may all call on Yahweh’s name, to serve him shoulder to shoulder.

Zephaniah 3:10  
From beyond the rivers of Cush, my worshipers, even the daughter of my dispersed people, will bring my offering.

Zephaniah 3:11  
In that day you will not be disappointed for all your doings in which you have transgressed against me; for then I will take away out from among you your proudly exulting ones, and you will no more be arrogant in my holy mountain.

Zephaniah 3:12  
But I will leave among you an afflicted and poor people, and they will take refuge in Yahweh’s name.

Zephaniah 3:13  
The remnant of Israel will not do iniquity nor speak lies, neither will a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth, for they will feed and lie down, and no one will make them afraid.”

Zephaniah 3:14  
Sing, daughter of Zion! Shout, Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, daughter of Jerusalem.

Zephaniah 3:15  
Yahweh has taken away your judgments. He has thrown out your enemy. The King of Israel, Yahweh, is among you. You will not be afraid of evil any more.

Zephaniah 3:16  
In that day, it will be said to Jerusalem, “Don’t be afraid, Zion. Don’t let your hands be weak.”

Zephaniah 3:17  
Yahweh, your God, is among you, a mighty one who will save. He will rejoice over you with joy. He will calm you in his love. He will rejoice over you with singing.

Zephaniah 3:18  
I will remove those who grieve about the appointed feasts from you. They are a burden and a reproach to you.

Zephaniah 3:19  
Behold, at that time I will deal with all those who afflict you; and I will save those who are lame and gather those who were driven away. I will give them praise and honor, whose shame has been in all the earth.

Zephaniah 3:20  
At that time I will bring you in, and at that time I will gather you; for I will give you honor and praise among all the peoples of the earth when I restore your fortunes before your eyes, says Yahweh.


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