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Zephaniah 3 (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. 8 Therefore wait21 for me," declares the LORD, "for the day I will stand up to testify.a I have decided to assemble22 the nations,23 to gather the kingdoms and to pour out my wrath24 on them-- all my fierce anger.25 The whole world will be consumed26 by the fire of my jealous anger. 9 "Then will I purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call27 on the name of the LORD 28 and serve29 him shoulder to shoulder. 10 From beyond the rivers of Cushb30 my worshipers, my scattered people, will bring me offerings.31 11 On that day you will not be put to shame32 for all the wrongs you have done to me,33 because I will remove from this city those who rejoice in their pride.34 Never again will you be haughty on my holy hill.35 12 But I will leave within you the meek36 and humble, who trust37 in the name of the LORD. 13 The remnant38 of Israel will do no wrong;39 they will speak no lies,40 nor will deceit be found in their mouths.41 They will eat and lie down42 and no one will make them afraid.43" 14 Sing, O Daughter of Zion;44 shout aloud,45 O Israel! Be glad and rejoice46 with all your heart, O Daughter of Jerusalem! 15 The LORD has taken away your punishment, he has turned back your enemy. The LORD, the King of Israel, is with you;47 never again will you fear48 any harm.49 16 On that day they will say to Jerusalem, "Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands hang limp.50 17 The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save.51 He will take great delight52 in you, he will quiet you with his love,53 he will rejoice over you with singing."54 18 "The sorrows for the appointed feasts I will remove from you; they are a burden and a reproach to you.c 19 At that time I will deal with all who oppressed55 you; I will rescue the lame and gather those who have been scattered.56 I will give them praise57 and honor in every land where they were put to shame. 20 At that time I will gather you; at that time I will bring58 you home. I will give you honor59 and praise60 among all the peoples of the earth when I restore your fortunesd61 before your very eyes," says the LORD.
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