Zephaniah, Chapter 3

3:1 Woe to her who is rebellious and polluted! To the oppressing city!
3:2 She did not obey the voice; she did not receive correction; she did not trust in Yahweh; she did not draw near to her God.
3:3 Her princes in the midst of her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they leave nothing until the next day.
3:4 Her prophets are reckless and betraying men; her priests have profaned the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.
3:5 Yahweh in the midst of her is righteous; he will not do iniquity; every morning he brings his justice to light, he does not fail; but the unjust knows no shame.
3:6 I have cut off nations; their battlements are desolate; I have made their streets waste, so that none passes by; their cities are destroyed, so that there is no man, so that there is no inhabitant.
3:7 I said, Only fear me; receive correction; so her dwelling will not be cut off, [according to] all that I have appointed concerning her: but they rose early and corrupted all their doings.
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.
3:9 For then I will turn to the peoples a pure language, that they may all call on the name of Yahweh, to serve him with one consent.
3:10 From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, will bring my offering.
3:11 In that day you will not be put to shame for all your doings, in which you have transgressed against me; for then I will take away out of the midst of you your proudly exulting ones, and you will no more be haughty in my holy mountain.
3:12 But I will leave in the midst of you an afflicted and poor people, and they will take refuge in the name of Yahweh.
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 none will make them afraid.
3:14 Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.
3:15 Yahweh has taken away your judgments, he has cast out your enemy: the King of Israel, even Yahweh, is in the midst of you; you will not fear evil anymore.
3:16 In that day it will be said to Jerusalem, Don't be afraid; O Zion, don't let your hands be slack.
3:17 Yahweh your God is in the midst of you, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with joy; he will rest in his love; he will joy over you with singing.
3:18 I will gather those who sorrow for the solemn assembly, who were of you; [to whom] the burden on her was a reproach.
3:19 Look, at that time I will deal with all those who afflict you; and I will save that which is lame, and gather that which was driven away; and I will make them a praise and a name, whose shame has been in all the earth.
3:20 At that time I will bring you+ in, at the time when I will gather you+; for I will make you+ a name and a praise among all the peoples of the earth, when I bring back your+ captivity before your+ eyes, says Yahweh.

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