Zephaniah 3 NRS

1 Ah, soiled, defiled, oppressing city!
2 It has listened to no voice; it has accepted no correction. It has not trusted in the Lord; it has not drawn near to its God.
3 The officials within it are roaring lions; its judges are evening wolves that leave nothing until the morning.
4 Its prophets are reckless, faithless persons; its priests have profaned what is sacred, they have done violence to the law.
5 The Lord within it is righteous; he does no wrong. Every morning he renders his judgment, each dawn without fail; but the unjust knows no shame.
6 I have cut off nations; their battlements are in ruins; I have laid waste their streets so that no one walks in them; their cities have been made desolate, without people, without inhabitants.
7 I said, "Surely the city a will fear me, it will accept correction; it will not lose sight b of all that I have brought upon it." But they were the more eager to make all their deeds corrupt.

References for Zephaniah 3:7

    • l 3:7 - Heb [it]
    • m 3:7 - Gk Syr: Heb [its dwelling will not be cut off]
      8 Therefore wait for me, says the Lord, for the day when I arise as a witness. For my decision is to gather nations, to assemble kingdoms, to pour out upon them my indignation, all the heat of my anger; for in the fire of my passion all the earth shall be consumed.
      9 At that time I will change the speech of the peoples to a pure speech, that all of them may call on the name of the Lord and serve him with one accord.
      10 From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia c my suppliants, my scattered ones, shall bring my offering.

      References for Zephaniah 3:10

        • n 3:10 - Or [Nubia]; Heb [Cush]
          11 On that day you shall not be put to shame because of all the deeds by which you have rebelled against me; for then I will remove from your midst your proudly exultant ones, and you shall no longer be haughty in my holy mountain.
          12 For I will leave in the midst of you a people humble and lowly. They shall seek refuge in the name of the Lord—
          13 the remnant of Israel; they shall do no wrong and utter no lies, nor shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouths. Then they will pasture and lie down, and no one shall make them afraid.
          14 Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem!
          15 The Lord has taken away the judgments against you, he has turned away your enemies. The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst; you shall fear disaster no more.
          16 On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands grow weak.
          17 The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you d in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing

          References for Zephaniah 3:17

            • o 3:17 - Gk Syr: Heb [he will be silent]
              18 as on a day of festival. e I will remove disaster from you, f so that you will not bear reproach for it.

              References for Zephaniah 3:18

                • p 3:18 - Gk Syr: Meaning of Heb uncertain
                • q 3:18 - Cn: Heb [I will remove from you; they were]
                  19 I will deal with all your oppressors at that time. And I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will change their shame into praise and renown in all the earth.
                  20 At that time I will bring you home, at the time when I gather you; for I will make you renowned and praised among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes, says the Lord.