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Zephaniah 3Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Woe to Oppressive Jerusalem

Woe to the city that is rebellious[a] and defiled,
the oppressive city!
She has not obeyed;
she has not accepted discipline.
She has not trusted in Yahweh;
she has not drawn near to her God.
The[b] princes within her are roaring lions;
her judges are wolves of the night,
which leave nothing for[c] the morning.
Her prophets are reckless
treacherous men.
Her priests profane the sanctuary;
they do violence to instruction.
The righteous Lord is in her;
He does no wrong.
He applies His justice morning by morning;
He does not fail at dawn,
yet the one who does wrong knows no shame.

I have cut off nations;
their corner towers are destroyed.
I have laid waste their streets,
with no one to pass through.
Their cities lie devastated,
without a person, without an inhabitant.
I thought: You will certainly fear Me
and accept correction.
Then her dwelling place[d]
would not be cut off
based on all that I had allocated to her.
However, they became more corrupt
in all their actions.
Therefore, wait for Me
this is the Lord’s declaration—
until the day I rise up for plunder.[e]
For My decision is to gather nations,
to assemble kingdoms,
in order to pour out My indignation on them,
all My burning anger;
for the whole earth will be consumed
by the fire of My jealousy.

Final Restoration Promised

For I will then restore
pure speech to the peoples
so that all of them may call
on the name of Yahweh
and serve Him with a single purpose.[f]
10 From beyond the rivers of Cush
My supplicants, My dispersed people,
will bring an offering to Me.
11 On that day you[g] will not be put to shame
because of everything you have done
in rebelling against Me.
For then I will remove
your proud, arrogant people from among you,
and you will never again be haughty
on My holy mountain.
12 I will leave
a meek and humble people among you,
and they will take refuge in the name of Yahweh.
13 The remnant of Israel will no longer
do wrong or tell lies;
a deceitful tongue will not be found
in their mouths.
But they will pasture and lie down,
with nothing to make them afraid.

14 Sing for joy, Daughter Zion;
shout loudly, Israel!
Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,
Daughter Jerusalem!
15 The Lord has removed your punishment;
He has turned back your enemy.
The King of Israel, Yahweh, is among you;
you need no longer fear harm.
16 On that day it will be said to Jerusalem:
“Do not fear;
Zion, do not let your hands grow weak.
17 Yahweh your God is among you,
a warrior who saves.
He will rejoice over you with gladness.
He will bring you quietness[h] with His love.
He will delight in you with shouts of joy.”

18 I will gather those who have been driven
from the appointed festivals;
they will be a tribute from you[i]
and a reproach on her.[j]
19 Yes, at that time
I will deal with all who afflict you.
I will save the lame and gather the scattered;
I will make those who were disgraced
throughout the earth
receive praise and fame.
20 At that time I will bring you[k] back,
yes, at the time I will gather you.
I will give you fame and praise
among all the peoples of the earth,
when I restore your fortunes before your eyes.
Yahweh has spoken.

Footnotes:

  1. Zephaniah 3:1 Or filthy
  2. Zephaniah 3:3 Lit Her
  3. Zephaniah 3:3 Or that had nothing to gnaw in
  4. Zephaniah 3:7 LXX, Syr read her eyes
  5. Zephaniah 3:8 LXX, Syr read for a witness; Vg reads up forever
  6. Zephaniah 3:9 Lit with one shoulder
  7. Zephaniah 3:11 = Israel
  8. Zephaniah 3:17 LXX, Syr read He will renew you
  9. Zephaniah 3:18 = Jerusalem
  10. Zephaniah 3:18 Hb obscure
  11. Zephaniah 3:20 = people of Israel
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