Israel's Joy and Restoration

14 (A)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.
(B)The King of Israel, (C)the Lord, is in your midst;
    you shall never again fear evil.
16 (D)On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:
“Fear not, O Zion;
    (E)let not your hands grow weak.
17 (F)The Lord your God is in your midst,
    (G)a mighty one who will save;
(H)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 (I)for the festival,
    so that you will no longer suffer reproach.[a]
19 Behold, at that time (J)I will deal
    with all your oppressors.
And (K)I will save the lame
    and gather the outcast,
and I will change (L)their shame into (M)praise
    and renown in all the earth.
20 (N)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,
(O)when I restore your fortunes
    before your eyes,” says the Lord.

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

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