Judgment on Judah's Enemies

Gather together, yes, gather,
    O (A)shameless nation,
(B)before the decree takes effect[a]
    —before the day passes away (C)like chaff—
(D)before there comes upon you
    the burning anger of the Lord,
before there comes upon you
    the day of the anger of the Lord.
(E)Seek the Lord, (F)all you humble of the land,
    who do his just commands;[b]
(G)seek righteousness; seek humility;
    (H)perhaps (I)you may be hidden
    on the day of the anger of the Lord.

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Footnotes

  1. Zephaniah 2:2 Hebrew gives birth
  2. Zephaniah 2:3 Or who carry out his judgment

The Conversion of the Nations

“For at that time I will change the speech of the peoples
    to (A)a pure speech,
that all of them may call upon the name of the Lord
    and serve him with one accord.
10 (B)From beyond the rivers (C)of Cush
    my worshipers, the daughter of my dispersed ones,
    shall bring my offering.

11 (D)“On that day (E)you shall not be put to shame
    because of the deeds by which you have rebelled against me;
for then (F)I will remove from your midst
    your proudly exultant ones,
and (G)you shall no longer be haughty
    in my holy mountain.
12 But I will leave in your midst
    a people (H)humble and lowly.
(I)They shall seek refuge in the name of the Lord,
13     (J)those who are left in Israel;
they (K)shall do no injustice
    and speak no lies,
(L)nor shall there be found in their mouth
    a deceitful tongue.
(M)For they shall graze and lie down,
    and none shall make them afraid.”

Israel's Joy and Restoration

14 (N)Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion;
    shout, O Israel!
Rejoice and exult with all your heart,
    O daughter of Jerusalem!
15 The Lord has taken away the judgments against you;
    he has cleared away your enemies.
(O)The King of Israel, (P)the Lord, is in your midst;
    you shall never again fear evil.
16 (Q)On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:
“Fear not, O Zion;
    (R)let not your hands grow weak.
17 (S)The Lord your God is in your midst,
    (T)a mighty one who will save;
(U)he will rejoice over you with gladness;
    he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.
18 I will gather those of you who mourn (V)for the festival,
    so that you will no longer suffer reproach.[a]
19 Behold, at that time (W)I will deal
    with all your oppressors.
And (X)I will save the lame
    and gather the outcast,
and I will change (Y)their shame into (Z)praise
    and renown in all the earth.
20 (AA)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,
(AB)when I restore your fortunes
    before your eyes,” says the Lord.

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Footnotes

  1. Zephaniah 3:18 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain

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