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Zephaniah 3:1-7 (New International Version)

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The Future of Jerusalem

1 Woe to the city of oppressors,1 rebellious2 and defiled!3 2 She obeys4 no one, she accepts no correction.5 She does not trust6 in the LORD, she does not draw near7 to her God. 3 Her officials are roaring lions,8 her rulers are evening wolves,9 who leave nothing for the morning.10 4 Her prophets are arrogant; they are treacherous11 men. Her priests profane the sanctuary and do violence to the law.12 5 The LORD within her is righteous;13 he does no wrong.14 Morning by morning15 he dispenses his justice, and every new day he does not fail,16 yet the unrighteous know no shame.17 6 "I have cut off nations; their strongholds are demolished. I have left their streets deserted, with no one passing through. Their cities are destroyed;18 no one will be left--no one at all. 7 I said to the city, 'Surely you will fear me and accept correction!'19 Then her dwelling would not be cut off, nor all my punishments come upon her. But they were still eager to act corruptly20 in all they did.
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