3:2 She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the LORD; she drew not near to her God.
3:7 I said, Surely thou wilt fear me, thou wilt receive instruction; so their dwelling should not be cut off, howsoever I punished them: but they rose early, and corrupted all their doings.
(See Scofield "Psalms 2:12")
3:9 For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent.
(See Scofield "Psalms 19:9")
3:12 I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the LORD.
then will I turn
In Zephaniah the conversion of "the peoples" is stated out of the usual prophetic order, in which the blessing of Israel and the setting up of the kingdom precedes the conversion of the Gentiles. (See Scofield "Zechariah 12:1") . See Scofield " Zechariah 12:8 ". But the passage gives clear testimony as to when the conversion of the nations will occur. It is after the smiting of the nations. Cf. Isaiah 11:9 with context; Daniel 2:34 Daniel 2:35 ; Psalms 2:5-8 ; Acts 15:15-17 ; Revelation 19:19-20:6 .
3:13 The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.
(See Scofield "Psalms 2:12") .
3:15 The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more.
(See Scofield "Jeremiah 15:21")
the midst of thee
That this, and all like passages in the Prophets (see "Kingdom (O.T.)," Genesis 1:26 ; Zechariah 12:8 cannot refer to anything which occurred at the first coming of Christ is clear from the context. The precise reverse was true. (See Scofield "Isaiah 11:1") .