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Zephaniah 3:14-20Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

A Happy Song

14 Jerusalem, sing and be happy!
    Israel, shout for joy!
    Jerusalem, be happy and have fun!
15 The Lord stopped your punishment.
    He destroyed your enemies’ strong towers.
King of Israel, the Lord is with you.
    You don’t need to worry about anything bad happening.
16 At that time Jerusalem will be told,
    “Be strong, don’t be afraid!
17 The Lord your God is with you.
    He is like a powerful soldier.
    He will save you.
He will show how much he loves you
    and how happy he is with you.
He will laugh and be happy about you,
18     like people at a party.
I will take away your shame.
    I will make them stop hurting you.[a]
19 At that time I will punish those who hurt you.
    I will save my hurt people
    and bring back those who were forced to leave.
I will give them praise and honor everywhere,
    even in places where they suffered shame.
20 At that time I will lead you back home.
    I will bring your people back together.
I will cause people everywhere to honor and praise you.
    You will see me bring back all the blessings you once had.”
This is what the Lord said.

Footnotes:

  1. Zephaniah 3:18 The Hebrew text here is hard to understand.
Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

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