Woe to Oppressive Jerusalem

1 Woe to the city that is rebelliousa and defiled, the oppressive city!

References for Zephaniah 3:1

    • a 3:1 - Or filthy
      2 She has not obeyed; she has not accepted discipline. She has not trusted in the Lord; she has not drawn near to her God.
      3 Theb princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are wolves of the night, which leave nothing forc the morning.

      References for Zephaniah 3:3

        • b 3:3 - Lit Her
        • c 3:3 - Or that had nothing to gnaw in
          4 Her prophets are reckless- treacherous men. Her priests profane the sanctuary; they do violence to instruction.d

          References for Zephaniah 3:4

            • d 3:4 - Ezk 22:26
              5 The righteous Lord is in her;e 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.

              References for Zephaniah 3:5

                • e 3:5 - Ps 129:4
                  6 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.
                  7 I thought: You will certainly fear Me and accept correction. Then her dwelling placef would not be cut off [based on] all that I had allocated to her. However, they became more corrupt in all their actions.

                  References for Zephaniah 3:7

                    • f 3:7 - LXX, Syr read her eyes
                      8 Therefore, wait for Me- the Lord's declaration- until the day I rise up for plunder.g 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.

                      References for Zephaniah 3:8

                        • g 3:8 - LXX, Syr read for a witness; Vg reads up forever

                          Final Restoration Promised

                          9 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.h

                          References for Zephaniah 3:9

                            • h 3:9 - Lit with one shoulder
                              10 From beyond the rivers of Cushi My supplicants, My dispersed people, will bring an offering to Me.

                              References for Zephaniah 3:10

                                • i 3:10 - Zph 2:12; Isa 18:1-3
                                  11 On that day youj will not be put to shame because of everything you have done in rebelling against Me. For then I will remove your boastful braggarts from among you, and you will never again be haughty on My holy mountain.

                                  References for Zephaniah 3:11

                                      12 I will leave a meek and humble people among you, and they will trust 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, the Lord, 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 The Lord your God is among you, a warrior who saves. He will rejoice over you with gladness. He will bring [you] quietnessk with His love. He will delight in you with shouts of joy."

                                      References for Zephaniah 3:17

                                        • k 3:17 - LXX, Syr read He will renew you
                                          18 I will gather those who have been driven from the appointed festivals; [They will be] a tribute from you,l and reproach [on her].m

                                          References for Zephaniah 3:18

                                            • l 3:18 - Jerusalem
                                            • m 3:18 - Hb obscure
                                              19 Yes, at that time I will deal with all who afflict you. I will save the lame and gather the scattered;n I will make those who were disgraced throughout the earth receive praise and fame.

                                              References for Zephaniah 3:19

                                                  20 At that time I will bring youo back, yes, at the time I will gather you. I will make you famous and praiseworthy among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes. Yahweh has spoken.

                                                  References for Zephaniah 3:20

                                                    • o 3:20 - people of Israel